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Our Shamefully Wimpy War Against Cancer

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Why do so many groups think that $4.9 billion per year is an acceptable level for cancer research and vote to continue this year after year, even though nearly everyone will have to deal with cancer during their lifetimes? Who came up with this figure?

How Transcendental Meditation Helped Me Through a Traumatic Experience

Harper Spero | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Harper Spero

In October 2013, my company produced a panel discussion for the David Lynch Foundation to encourage women to meditate and the reminder and importance ...

We Have Done It Before, and We Must Do It Again

Harry Johns | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Harry Johns

Thanks to the National Alzheimer's Project Act, we now have a National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease. However, without sufficient funds to implement the Plan, we will fail to accomplish its most transformational goal: to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's by 2025.

Why I Care About Drug and Alcohol Use

Theodore Caputi | Posted 03.25.2014 | College
Theodore Caputi

Substance use is one of the most important public health issues of our time, and yet stigmatization impedes progress at every turn.

Private Science and National Security

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

Like government or hate it, in the 21st century no other organization can provide the coordination required to develop new knowledge about the nature of the universe at the most basic level, knowledge that is now a matter of global competition.

Attracting Large Scale Philanthropy for Childhood Cancer

Jonathan Agin | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

I issue a challenge to the Mark Zuckerbergs, Donald Trumps and Phil Knights of the world: Will you step up to the plate and help children with cancer at least take a swing?

The War to Defeat AIDS Must Continue

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I have heard some people refer to our current era as one in which HIV/AIDS and the discrimination surrounding it no longer pose major physical and social barriers. Unfortunately, nothing can be further from the truth even though much has improved since those terrible early years.

The Blackfish Effect: How Animal Rights Advocates Are Winning

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

Never preachy, the film simply lays bare the facts and lets viewers interpret them. It's the same strategy that animal rights organizations have used for years: Give people the information, and let them decide. And it's working.

Funding Cancer Research: The Danger of Brightly Colored Ribbons

Joaquin M. Espinosa | Posted 03.19.2014 | Science
Joaquin M. Espinosa

Pink ribbons are for breast cancer, dark blue ribbons are for colon cancer, and so on. But cancer is more a disease of genes than one of specific tissues, so the specialization of our research and educational efforts based solely on a given cancer's tissue of origin could have detrimental aspects.

Study Identifies Health Risk Facing Boys Raised By Single Parents

Posted 12.26.2013 | Divorce

Growing up in a single-parent household can lead to high blood pressure later in life for African-American males, according to a new study from the N...

Seeing Over the Health Care Horizon

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

I believe that the announcement by the FDA of the approval of the genome sequencing technology for medical applications is symbolic for the future development of personalized health care.

Aging Is A Real Pain For Over Half Of Older Adults

Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty

It's not necessarily age that's slowing you down, it could just be the aches and pains that accompany it. Just over half of older Americans have e...

Don't Take Federal Science for Granted

Elliott Negin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Elliott Negin

If not for government-funded research and innovation, many corporations -- and individuals -- would not be as successful as they are, and a number of them wouldn't be in business at all.

Study Aims To Show Singing In Choirs Is Good For Seniors

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.20.2013 | Fifty

What might motivate researchers to solicit senior singers for a dozen choirs around San Francisco? Backed by a $1.9 million grant from the Nationa...

You Can Shut Down the Government, But You Can't Shut Down Alzheimer's

Trish Vradenburg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Trish Vradenburg

Charlie and Zoe and all of the 216,000 early onset Alzheimer victims (defined as anybody younger than 65 -- and there are many 40 and 50-year-olds in that group) who cannot close down their symptoms like Congress can close down the government continue to wait and suffer.

Will Genetic Testing Soon Be A Delivery Room Standard?

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents

Researchers will spend $25 million in federal funds over the next five years assessing the effectiveness and ethical implications of making genetic te...

Government Shutdown Harms the Public Health

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lynn R. Goldman

Most serious are the long-term public health and safety consequences of this government shutdown. The CDC, for example, announced a suspension of its annual seasonal flu activities just as influenza season kicked off.

NIH Admits 12 Patients Amid Shutdown

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — A few desperately ill patients have managed to get into clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health's famed...

She Has A Very Good Reason For Hating The Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.09.2013 | Healthy Living

A Michigan woman struggling with ovarian cancer took an attention-grabbing approach to voicing her displeasure with the government shutdown. On Tuesda...

This Month, Think Pink... and Remember Red

Nancy Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Whether the topic is breast cancer, heart disease or any major illness, women need to be in tune with their bodies. Awareness and education are vital because they lead to prevention and early detection, two of the best tools in health improvement.

Budgeting by Headlines Isn't the Way to Run the Government

Sharon Parrott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sharon Parrott

The House leadership's piecemeal approach to temporarily fund politically sensitive programs -- the third installment of which will take place in the ...

Republicans Want to Restore the National Institutes of Health?

Don C. Reed | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

If we allow a political party to shut down the government just because they do not approve of a law, there will be no end to it. Interestingly, given the Republicans' sudden interest in the NIH, what are their future plans for it, after the publicity dies down?

Government Shutdown Makes Everyone A Child Cancer Advocate Now, But What About After?

Jay Scott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

Childhood cancer deserves more funding from the federal government, certainly more than the small percentage it is receiving during the shutdown, but also more than the small percentage that it receives yearly.

Shutdown No Big Deal? Tell That To Kids With Cancer

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.02.2013 | Parents

Think the government shutdown isn't having much of an effect on people's lives? Here's an affected population likely to change your mind. Every wee...

Shutdown To Force NIH To Turn Away Patients

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Patients hoping to enroll for treatment in cutting-edge research studies at the National Institutes of Health's reno...