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More Reason Than Ever to Accelerate Alzheimer's Research

Sam Gandy, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 02.28.2014 | Science
Sam Gandy, M.D., Ph.D.

Setting aside for a moment the enormous emotional toll of Alzheimer's, the economics are potentially devastating to most countries where lifespan exceeds 80 years.

UCLA Scientists Terrorized By Animal Activists (VIDEO)

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 02.25.2014 | Science
Jon Hotchkiss

On February 15th, 2014, just a few feet from the front door of a residential home occupied by a UCLA scientist, a group of 66 animal rights activists staged a peaceful demonstration. However, "peace" was the opposite of their goal.

The Time Is Now to Bring the Fight to Dementia

Nicco Mele | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Nicco Mele

We want to give people a fighting chance to take on dementia head-on and win. To do that will require a significant increase in funding for basic research on the impact of aging on the brain.

New Study Reveals Yet Another Health Benefit Of Marriage

Posted 01.25.2014 | Weddings

It's pretty well known that marriage is good for your health, and now a new study says those health benefits run bone deep. Using data from 632 U....

Sam Stein

NIH Budget Leaves One Young Scientist 'Bitter And Cynical' Of A World He 'Wanted To Help'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Disappointment with the funding levels for biomedical research in the budget deal has trickled down to the community of young scientists...

Sam Stein

Advocates Search For Next Steps After Budget Falls Short On Medical Research

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Disappointed with the level of funding devoted to biomedical research in the new omnibus spending bill, some lawmakers are already schem...

Sam Stein

The Budget Deal Came Out And The Scientific Research Community Isn't Thrilled

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The scientific research community was left disappointed after lawmakers on Monday night unveiled a new spending bill that only partially...

Who Are the Animals in Animal Experiments?

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 03.14.2014 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

I have tried to draw attention to the general ineffectiveness of animal experiments and how they impede our chances of finding cures. I have focused on the human side of the equation. But just who are these animals abused in experimentation?

Sam Stein

Study: America Losing Its Global Dominance In Science

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States is losing its global dominance in the field of biomedical research, and sequestration is only partially to blame. ...

Good News on the Alzheimer's Prevention Front

Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.

If you're like most of the people surveyed in a recent poll revealed by AARP, you're concerned about getting Alzheimer's disease. If so, then you're probably ready for some good news about keeping your brain sharp as you age.

World Stem Cell Summit Brings Senatorial Candidacy Announcement

Don C. Reed | Posted 02.19.2014 | Science
Don C. Reed

"With these words, and in this spectacular venue, I hereby announce my candidacy for state senator of the great state of California," said the muscula...

The Future of Testing Your Genetic Future

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

This week, 23andMe, the Google-backed DTC genetic test company, stunned many observers by agreeing to stop sales of its $99 genetic test kit online, saying it will now release only ancestry information and raw data without interpretation.

Sam Stein

Top Docs Ramp Up Lobbying Campaign To End Sequestration

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On the eve of a potential budget deal that could, for the first time in several years, see an increase in the topline spending of the fe...

Family Guy, Brian Griffin and the Childhood Cancer Equation

Jonathan Agin | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

I admit it. I am a huge fan of the animated show Family Guy. The Griffin family has provided me with much distraction at some of the most stressful points of my daughter Alexis' cancer journey and beyond.

Don't Leave History in the Past

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 01.26.2014 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

Higher education institutions, like Georgia Regents University, strive to provide our students with the best, most up-to-date learning environments possible, to ensure they graduate at the very apex of knowledge in their disciplines.

The Top 3 Ways Animal Experiments Hurt Humans

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

It is hard to quantify how many missed opportunities there may have been because of misleading animal experiments. However, there are plenty of examples that demonstrate how lucky we are that researchers did not believe the animal tests.

What Now: It Still Takes Too Long and Costs Too Much

Margaret Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Margaret Anderson

It's not difficult to build a case that the federal government shutdown was just one more straw on the camel's back for medical research and innovation in the United States.

Dare to Be 100: Best Medical Article -- Ever

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Its significance derives from its insistence that the terms on the death certificates of our nation's forms are wrong. Heart, and stroke, and cancer aren't the actual causes of death. The actual causes are the antecedent behaviors, the lifestyles factors, which lead to the terminal events.

Women in Business: Q&A With Dr. Robin Smith, CEO of NeoStem

Laura Dunn | Posted 12.25.2013 | Business
Laura Dunn

Since joining NeoStem in 2005, Dr. Smith has helped raise about $140 million in capital and shape the company's focus through a number of acquisitions and divestitures, and by pushing its main cell therapy drugs through clinical trials.

Alzheimer's May Be Detected 5 Years Before Symptoms Start

Posted 10.17.2013 | Fifty

Doctors may be able to predict if you'll develop Alzheimer's even before the early symptoms start, giving you a fighting chance against the disease. R...

Two Major Breakthroughs in New Surgeon Rating Study

Leah Binder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

For employers and policymakers frustrated by America's embarrassingly poor performance in nearly every known indicator of health care quality, this study offers two breakthrough glimmers of hope.

The National Health Debt

William T. Talman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
William T. Talman, MD

Federal funding for research is drying up faster than a parched desert after a rain. Its continual deterioration provides a frightening view of our country's lost sense of priorities.

Navigating a World of Groundbreaking Studies

Leo Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Leo Brown

As camps of scientists, all with fancy degrees, bicker over whether meat, dairy or carbs are bad for you as they jockey to release the latest groundbreaking research, the public is apt to zone out. Studies say chocolate is good for me? Now it's bad for me? Whatever.

Why Animal Experimentation Doesn't Work. Reason 3: Animals Aren't Little Humans

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Your child, my father, and all of our loved ones who may be suffering from illnesses are not rats or dogs or monkeys. So why do animal experimenters keep treating them as though they are?

Release the Shame of Addiction

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

Our society has viewed those with addiction and their families with shame and indifference. We continue to look away and become disgusted when substance abuse is not controlled or managed.