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Medical Research

A Worthy New Year's Resolution for the New Congress

Mary Woolley | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Mary Woolley

With few significant legislative achievements for science and innovation in the 113th Congress, we look to the new Congress to fuel the momentum needed for medical progress, summoning the political will necessary to speed scientific discovery and drug development.

We Need to be Better PrEPared

Robert Bolan, MD | Posted 11.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Robert Bolan, MD

By now, many of you may have seen the headlines or read news about what sounds like encouraging results, announced in late October, about two clinical trials of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) in gay and bisexual men.

Ebola Outbreak Highlights Struggle for Science in Africa and Inequalities in Global Health Research

Tamer Fouad, MD | Posted 10.31.2014 | Science
Tamer Fouad, MD

In part, the lack of research in "non-profitable" infectious diseases occurring in underprivileged countries has left threats like Ebola largely unaddressed. In addition, inequalities within the system of international scientific collaboration have hindered African researchers from leading the way against diseases ravaging their continent.

Increased Public Awareness Sparks Surge in Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Christopher King | Posted 10.30.2014 | Science
Christopher King

Between the battlefield and the athletic field, the topic of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has been much in the news in recent years.

Brynn Duncan Is Allergic to the World -- And She's Still Managing to Make It A Better Place

Abby Norman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Abby Norman

At just 20-years-old, Brynn has several serious chronic health conditions, one of which requires her to be one of the only people in the world to have a 24/7 Benadryl intravenous drip. But even though I've never met Brynn in real life, from miles and miles away I can feel the warmth, brilliance and hope that she is giving the world.

My OCD and Me

Marco Gonzalez | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Marco Gonzalez

To this day, I still catch myself closing the fridge door or turning off a light, and I'll pause and stare at it for a few seconds... telling myself that the door is closed or that the light is off.

When Alzheimer's Victims Suddenly 'Perk Up' Just Before Death -- What's Going On?

Stafford Betty | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Stafford Betty

Conventional brain science has no explanation. It has long assumed that as the brain goes, so goes the mind; for the brain is what gives rise to the mind. The return of mental clarity and memory in a brain ravaged by Alzheimer's is not supposed to happen. Yet it does in some cases.

Sam Stein

Lawmakers Try To Save Science Funding Amid Rush To Restore Defense Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As pressure builds among the hawks in Congress to get rid of budget limits on defense spending, liberals in the House are making sure th...

Despite Headlines, Ebola Doesn't Yet Register Strongly in the Scientific Literature

Christopher King | Posted 11.18.2014 | Science
Christopher King

The crisis of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, at this writing, continues to deepen, with the World Health Organization now reporting more than 3,600 cases, and deaths exceeding 1,800. And yet, despite the headlines and the notes of alarm, Ebola as a research topic remains a comparatively limited presence in the scientific literature.

Sam Stein

How A Failed Experiment On Rats Sparked A Billion-Dollar Infant-Care Breakthrough

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At a research lab at Duke University Department of Pharmacology in 1979, a group of scientists sparked a major breakthrough in infant ca...

UKRO President Ken Kleinberg Hosts Annual Benefit for Research to End Kidney Disease

Marc A. Coronel | Posted 11.14.2014 | Impact
Marc A. Coronel

This past Friday, I had the privilege of attending a fundraising gala at the Beverly Hilton in support of the new USC (University of Southern Californ...

Promising Research Can't Stall for Lack of Funding

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Judith A. Salerno

Cancer, Alzheimer's, ALS, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, and painful, chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease will only be overcome if we, as a nation, have the will and commitment to once again make funding the type of essential research that led to the eradication of polio in the U.S. such a high national priority.

Let's Ban The Phrase 'Studies Show' From Medical Lingo

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

If we've read evidence supporting our management decisions, let's own it by truly referring to the literature. But if we are only vaguely aware of research that supports a questioned decision, without first taking time to read the evidence and/or supporting editorials and guidelines, let us not sugarcoat our lack of due diligence.

The More We Invest in Medical Research Now, the More Lives We Save, Improve for Generations

Nancy Brown | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Federal funding for medical research is trending down -- way down. And this is happening at a time when technology and innovation are trending up, which means we could be missing out on so many lifesaving and life-changing advancements.

What to Know Regarding Current Treatments for Ebola

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

After more than a decade of vigorous research into the deadly Ebola virus, a handful of potential treatment therapies appear to finally be on the horizon.

Mental Illness: How the Victim's Families Suffer A Similar Faith

Olayiwola A. Alara | Posted 11.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Olayiwola A. Alara

While there is no known cure for a psychological disorder, there are a few medications that can assist to subdue the illness so the victims are not ...

Evidence of Abundance #9: Curing Addiction and Disease

Peter Diamandis | Posted 10.27.2014 | Good News
Peter Diamandis

As medical research continues and technology enables new breakthroughs, there will be a day when Malaria and most all major deadly diseases are eradicated on Earth.

In Defense Of Pamela Anderson

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 10.25.2014 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

How much closer would we be to a cure today if instead of wasting millions of dollars on failed animal experiments, the money had been used to create more effective human-based testing methods that accurately recreated the disease?

10 Ways to Actively Participate in Your Medical Care

Dr. Soania-Mathur | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Soania-Mathur

You must be actively involved in the management of your disease in order to live well with a chronic illness, actively seeking solutions to problems that arise and take on a proactive approach to life in general. Being a passive bystander won't get you the quality of life that you seek.

The West Africa Ebola Epidemic Arouses Global Response But Caution Needs an Ally and a Local Interpreter

Sharon Hrynkow PhD | Posted 10.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Sharon Hrynkow PhD

When Ebola drugs and vaccines become available, trust -- engendered best by knowledgeable local leaders - may be the vital ingredient in ensuring that drugs are distributed most quickly to those in need.

Is This Why We Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories?

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.16.2014 | Healthy Living

The idea of conspiracy theories may sound ridiculous to some, but it turns out they're more popular than you thought. A study conducted by Univers...

Sam Stein

The Scientific Research Community Is Still Freaking Out About Sequestration

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Months after Congress restored some of the deep spending cuts it had made to scientific research budgets, scientists are warning that th...

Assault on Science

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 08.03.2014 | Science
David H. Newman, M.D.

"Will it help me live longer?" When patients ponder the lifetime commitment to a statin drug, this is the question they ask. But a very public controversy in the scientific community has recently diverted attention from this central question -- and that just might be on purpose.

The Problem of Health Inequity Unites Us All

Laurie Fenton Ambrose | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact
Laurie Fenton Ambrose

When studies take place, researchers often fail to analyze data by sex or include sex-specific factors, making it difficult to uncover differences in incidence, prevalence and survivability between men and women.

Women Getting Crushed by Alzheimer's

Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.

According to the most recent Alzheimer's Association report called 2014 Facts and Figures, the fight against Alzheimer's disease isn't faring very well and women are taking the brunt of it. According to this report, women are at higher risk for developing AD and are thus at the epicenter of the Alzheimer's epidemic.