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Research Funding: When Is the Money Dirty?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

All research starts with biased funders and researchers -- because in the absence of such bias, it would be research no one would bother doing. I don't think anyone runs studies in the absence of hopes and preferences pertaining to the outcomes.

Celebrities Show Heart for amfAR's Inspiration Gala (VIDEO)

Daniel Garofali | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Garofali

The Normal Heart may have educated us on how events unfolded when the virus first became known but, as one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations, amfAR celebrates its success in funding more than 3,300 grants to researchers around the world working to find a cure.

Business and America's Future

Robert Slayton | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Robert Slayton

What Valeant is doing is not just a business decision. They're destroying our seed corn. A friend of mine, a lawyer in Orange County, said that Valeant is "anti-American at its core." This is not a strategy to advance the United States in a new century.

This Week In Science: An Older Earth, a Turing Test, and Anxious Crayfish

World Science Festival | Posted 08.13.2014 | Science
World Science Festival

Some researchers said a computer chat program called Eugene Goostman may have been the first to pass the Turing Test after convincing a few human judges it was a 13 year old Ukranian boy... but other experts are skeptical.

3 Ways Tai Chi Trains Your Brain

Karl Romain | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Karl Romain

In the beginning, strive for consistency and habit, practicing at the same time each day or committing to a weekly or bi-weekly class. You'll feel better -- more focused, less stressed -- almost immediately, and the effects will only continue with a consistent practice.

Applying Current Technology to Positively Change Disability for Tomorrow

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

While we as a society were dreaming of that better future for all, one without injury, disease, or disability, we completely dropped the ball for those with disabilities now, who aren't fortunate enough to be rich and/or famous.

Why Your Empty Facebook Profile Is A Good Sign

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Hiscott | Posted 06.03.2014 | Technology

The way you share information on Facebook reveals more than you think. In a recent study, Yeslam Al-Saggaf and Sharon Nielsen of Charles Sturt Uni...

Leveling the Research Playing Field for Women

Lynn Posluns | Posted 07.30.2014 | Women
Lynn Posluns

With the bulk of research into some of the leading diseases impacting women being conducted on male subjects, there is little understanding of what makes women more susceptible or how to begin turning the tide.

New Study: Diet Soda meets Straw Man

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A new study in the journal Obesity, comparing diet soda to water for weight loss, has resulted in extensive and worldwide media coverage -- some of it, to my surprise, directly involving me. My involvement derives from my published opinions about diet soda and artificial sweeteners, which thus far remain unchanged after reading the study in question.

Father's Day Heroes

Andrea Pett Joseph | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Andrea Pett Joseph

Imagine watching your child face each day with pain and suffering, when even gentle hugs can bring about tears and every day is a challenge just to take a bath or walk up stairs.

The Power of Questions to Fix Political Reputation

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Disappointingly, though perhaps not surprisingly, voter turnout in Portugal has collapsed from 91.5 percent in 1975, the year of the first democratic elections, to 58.1 percent in the 2011 parliamentary elections.

Suspicion: A Talk with Joseph Finder

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Joseph Finder has a background every thriller novelist would love to have. He spent his early childhood living around the world.

Materialistic People Are Less Happy Than Everyone Else: Science

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Hiscott | Posted 05.27.2014 | Business

Money can buy happiness, just as long as you’re not materialistic. For a while now, conventional wisdom -- with the backing of science -- has he...

Scientists Are Only Human, But Statins Error Shows Perils of Bias

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

The recent retraction of an academic claim in a leading journal about the incidence of side effects from cholesterol-lowering drugs has sparked anger in the medical community and potentially undermined public and patient trust.

An Epidemic of Gun Silence

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

Guns will kill almost twice as many children as cancer. Gun violence costs our country an estimated $174 billion every year. Next year, for the first time, gun deaths will exceed traffic fatalities. It doesn't have to be this way.

The Well-Chewed Calorie: Rumination or Ruin?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.19.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Many of you have doubtless already seen the commentary in the New York Times by my friend and colleague, Dr. David Ludwig, entitled: "Always Hungry? Here's Why." If you have not read the piece, I commend it to you.

The Science Citation Index: A Transformative Information Resource Turns 50

Christopher King | Posted 07.16.2014 | Science
Christopher King

In an age when all the world's knowledge seems to be at one's fingertips, it might be difficult to envision a bygone era when retrieving information meant a slow, laborious, manual slog through printed materials. For scientists and scholars in the 1950s, the task was especially arduous.

Why Science and Innovation Can Be Diametrically Opposed

Gil Laroya | Posted 07.16.2014 | Technology
Gil Laroya

Working in research & development can be considered the epitome of "fun work". The concept is to present an idea to a bunch of R&D engineers, with the...

The Climate Post: Court Upholds Soot Standards

Tim Profeta | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

A federal court of appeals on Friday unanimously found that the Clean Air Act gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) substantial discretion in setting air quality standards.

Yagana Shah

Happiness Enhanced By Owning Luxury Goods, Study Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.16.2014 | Fifty

It turns out you can buy happiness after all -- you just can't rent it. It's no surprise that driving flashy cars, dripping in diamonds, and carrying ...

Moronic Morsels Du Jour: Where Does the Line Form?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I guess I only know this. The vendors keep dishing dietary epiphanies in bite-sized, moronic morsels almost every day. We never seem to see the elephant in the room and most of us can't seem to wait to get in line.

Lemons as Gifts, Viruses for Good, Failure for Success and College Graduation: A Well-Intended Tale

Sydney Small | Posted 07.13.2014 | Science
Sydney Small

Despite the fact that viruses can cause humans much pain and suffering, very smart people have determined that they can be remarkable tools for beneficial uses.

Tunnel Vision on Breast Cancer Causation Could Cost Thousands of Lives

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 07.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Rizzo

Imagine my deep concern that the journal failed to include the substantial body of scientific evidence linking toxic chemicals and radiation to breast cancer. How could this happen? I was not alone in my wondering, and it became very clear to me that I had to set the record straight.

New Trends in Language Teaching

Stacey Cole | Posted 07.08.2014 | Education
Stacey Cole

Language education is always evolving based on new techniques, and research plays a vital role in that process.

Do Bullied Youth Really Carry Weapons to School?

Deborah Temkin | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Deborah Temkin

We know bullying is a common factor in many school shooting incidents, but what does the data really say? As a trained researcher, I wanted to dig deeper beyond the news reports and went searching for the study.