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My Childhood Cancer Road Map - Epilogue

Jonathan Agin | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

The manner in which we as a country have been attacking the cancer problem is not working. Cancer still takes kids from their families on a daily, weekly and yearly basis and the incidence rates are not lessening. That is unacceptable.

The Next Frontier in Medical Research: Mapping the Brain

Stacy Pagos Haller | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Stacy Pagos Haller

We know that examining the human brain is essential for neurological disorders like Alzheimer's, but it is also key for vision diseases like macular degeneration, a major cause of visual impairment in the United States.

Patenting Human Genes Harms People

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

The Supreme Court's decision about today's case will either extend or crimp the capacity of patients, doctors, researchers and other biotechnology firms, to use information about the human body to detect and treat other illnesses in the future.

How Being Human Messes Up Medical Research

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2013 | Home
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Sometimes, as I'm talking to patients and their families, I realize that I have no idea what I'm talking about. Really.

Money, Medicine and Myopia

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I can't say, on the basis of evidence, that NIH is misdirecting vast fortunes from where they could do the most good within our lifetimes. But I certainly do believe it. What I can say is that biomedical research dollars are subject to the same myopia that tends to dominate our personal lives.

Freud Would Build an App for That: Bringing Modern Tech to an Analog Practice

Melissa Thompson | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Melissa Thompson

Freud knew we could not fully understand the biology of the brain, and consequently, his approach was more art than science. Now, science is getting closer to creating the holistic puzzle to help scientist solve pervasive challenges for brain health.

Howard Fineman

Sequestration Stupidity Is Genetic

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

ST. LOUIS -- Of all the blinkered buzz-saw cuts in this year’s $85 billion spending sequestration, perhaps none is as counterproductive -- or as fla...

The Woman Who Saved My Life

Molly Lindquist | Posted 05.27.2013 | Women
Molly Lindquist

It wasn't until my own diagnosis of breast cancer in 2011, at the age of 32, that I started to ask more questions about the experience my grandmother likely had as a patient 56 years before me.

How the Sequester Is Killing Passion Where We Need It Most

Mercy Mascreen Davidson | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Mercy Mascreen Davidson

The sequestration will devastate US science research for decades by freezing American ideas while the rest of the world moves forward and gaps in the innovation pipeline would cost billions of dollars and hurt the national economy for decades.

A Scientific Indictment of Animal Research and Testing

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 04.22.2013 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

"What are the alternatives to using animals in medical research?" This is a legitimate question I am often asked, and now, due to scientific innovatio...

To Know or Not to Know?

Nathan Risinger | Posted 04.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Nathan Risinger

We often equate knowledge with power: The more we know, the better we are able to make decisions. Unfortunately, there are cases where ignorance really may be bliss, and Alzheimer's isn't the only one.

A Big Hole Where a Cliff Used to Be

William T. Talman, MD | Posted 01.22.2013 | Science
William T. Talman, MD

Federal funding for research is neither a gift nor a handout to scientists. Instead, it is an investment that pays dividends many times over to the American taxpayer. Will our elected leaders cut the very programs that provide greatest benefit both now and into the future?

Obama Thaws Freeze On Public Health And Gun Violence Research

Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.18.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

President Barack Obama has ordered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to resume research into the public health implications of firearms v...

Top 10 Medical Research Trends to Watch in 2013

Margaret Anderson | Posted 03.13.2013 | Science
Margaret Anderson

Advocates need to keep making noise to make a compelling case for the critical importance of medical research. The health of our citizens and the economic and fiscal health of the nation are at stake.

Fiscal Cliff Diving: Here's to the Pool!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.05.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Hanging on to a bit more of our money might sound good until the day of reckoning, whenever and however it arrives, when our flight is ending and our landing becomes salient. At that point, we are apt to find ourselves wishing for... a pool.

Trees, Brains and Human Faces

Frank A. Weil | Posted 03.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Frank A. Weil

What do trees, brains and human faces have in common? While they share a lot of characteristics with the others of their species, each stands apart, distinctly, from its siblings.

Dealing With a Diagnostic Dilemma: What Would You Do?

Liz Sterling, M.A. | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Liz Sterling, M.A.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, I turn 55, and I pause at the irony of life bringing an uncertain diagnosis at this turning point. Have you had moments that you knew were turning points in self-discovery?

Why Alzheimer's Disease And The Fiscal Cliff Are Closely Connected

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 01.14.2013 | Fifty
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

With the election over, America is facing a fiscal cliff that could impact everything the government does. Meanwhile, somewhere in America, in the next minute (and roughly every minute after that) another American will get Alzheimer's or dementia.

Need Cures? Who Ya Gonna Call?

Margaret Anderson | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret Anderson

While we need to celebrate the success stories in medical research that allow us to carry on our lives, we have more work to do. We must ensure that we continue to have a robust flow of scientific discoveries that we can then translate into better health.

Jeffrey Young

How Mitt Romney Could Jeopardize The Search For Life-Saving Cures

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.02.2012 | Business

With the stroke of a pen, Mitt Romney could slow the advance of embryonic stem cell research that has the potential to bring cures to ailments includi...

Disruptive Women Entrepreneurs

Jeannie E. Javelosa | Posted 12.24.2012 | Impact
Jeannie E. Javelosa

In the first hour that I met my other co-finalists for the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards here in Paris, I knew this experience would be a precious life memory to look back on.

Intrepid Patient Helps Scientists Settle Brain Debate

| Posted 10.24.2012 | Science

By Elizabeth Norton The ability to recognize faces is so important in humans that the brain appears to have an area solely devoted to the task: the ...

52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #25, Supporting Science That's Helping Every American

Bernard Whitman | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

Early in his administration, Obama launched the Educate to Innovate campaign to help move U.S. students from mediocre ratings internationally in science and math achievement to the head of the class during the next decade.

As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.17.2012 | World
The Center for Public Integrity

By Sasha ChavkinThe Center for Public IntegritySANDAMALGAMA, Sri Lanka -- In this tiny Sri Lankan village, rice farmer Wimal Rajaratna sits cross-le...

How Far Does Donating $1 At Checkout Really Go?

Jay Scott | Posted 10.14.2012 | Impact
Jay Scott

Let me begin this blog by posing a question to you -- can you recall the last time you went into a store and were asked to make a donation to a worthy...