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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.

Chicago Health Disparities Persist But Can Be Stopped

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

We need more communities where making the "healthy choice" is the easy choice. Chicago is leading the nation in creating healthy communities, but we still have a long way to go.

Mom, 19 Years Later

Bill Couzens | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

We have a duty to our country and future generations to work towards turning around the grim statistics of sharply increasing incidences of cancer. We need increased resources for information, education and policies to help protect individuals, families and communities from cancer.

What You Are Not Hearing About Ebola

Vivian Norris | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Vivian Norris

At least 30 experts were unable to attend the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Conference in New Orleans these past few days, as the ...

E-BOO!-la

John K. Herr | Posted 10.31.2014 | Comedy
John K. Herr

Hello, my name is Dr. Francis Collins, and I am the director of the National Institutes of Health. Thank you for joining us for this live-blogging session. I am here to answer all your questions about Ebola or any other health issue. Let's get started.

Change Happens

Margaret Anderson | Posted 10.29.2014 | Science
Margaret Anderson

You don't have to look far in medical and scientific research today to feel the shifting sands and see signs of change. At times it seems we are simultaneously tilling the soil with a set of old yet tried and true tools while making new ones. Each year, as my organization prepares to bring together leaders in medical research, we confront all of this change head on.

The GOP Simultaneously Cries 'Wolf' and 'The Sky Is Falling'

Dave Pruett | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Dave Pruett

Despicable. That's the only word for it. I refer to the recent official email "Responding to the Ebola Crisis" of October 17 from my congressional representative, Bob Goodlatte, of Virginia's 6th District.

Death by a Thousand Cuts

William T. Talman, MD | Posted 10.24.2014 | Science
William T. Talman, MD

With the fall in federal grant support through NIH, fewer and fewer scientists are getting the funding they need to continue research. As a result, too many are closing their laboratory doors forever. If you think that a laboratory's closing does not affect you, think again.

A Silent Struggle

Migraine Research Foundation | Posted 10.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Migraine Research Foundation

In my mind, I went from being a "normal," healthy person who was typically busy from early in the morning to late at night -- to someone who had to reconcile that I was living with a chronic, neurological illness that put the brakes on all that activity I had taken for granted.

Sam Stein

Ebolotics: DSCC Attacks Cory Gardner For Supporting CDC Budget Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just two weeks before the midterm elections, there are no signs of a de-escalation in the ongoing political tangle over the Ebola outbre...

Friday Talking Points -- Don't Panic

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

That headline, of course, quotes the cover to the fictional Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: "Don't Panic." This week, it seems like timely advice, as the news media and American politicians go into full-blown panic mode over one death and two illnesses within the United States.

Ebola: A Preventable Catastrophe

Rep. Rosa DeLauro | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Rep. Rosa DeLauro

After years of funding cuts and neglect, the critical components of our public health infrastructure responsible for tracking, monitoring, and ultimately preventing or curing Ebola -- the National Institutes of Health and the Center for Disease Control -- have been forced to respond to this potential crisis with severely constrained resources.

Still Undiagnosed? 3 Options to Try

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

Millions of people suffer from undiagnosed or untreated chronic conditions. The most difficult to diagnose tend to be autoimmune, inflammatory, and au...

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.

Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge Is Not the Same Thing as Actually Supporting ALS Research

Amanda Gutterman | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Amanda Gutterman

My dad who died of ALS would be frustrated, as I am, that the Ice Bucket Challenge gives the political adversaries of scientific research a pretext to disguise their views and pretend they haven't made it harder to find a cure, for any disease at all.

The Ice Bucket Challenge Has Raised More Than $13 Million -- Meanwhile, Medical Research Has Been Cut By Billions

Matthew Segal | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Matthew Segal

While their videos have been unquestionably successful in terms of raising awareness (1.2 million videos uploaded) and funds ($13.3 million contributed) on behalf of an intractable disease, they have overlooked the most important message of all: vote.

Bipartisan Support for the Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

Now is an especially auspicious time to focus attention and resources on issues related to brain injury. The science is advancing quickly, giving those diagnosed with TBI and their families new reason for hope.

Baby-Monkey Abuse Funded by Your Tax Dollars

Karen Dawn | Posted 10.06.2014 | Science
Karen Dawn

If the emotional abuse of baby monkeys is similar enough to the abuse of baby humans for the results to be extrapolated, how can it be OK? Bullies must be stopped, not rewarded, and taxpayer funding of their assaults is unconscionable.

U.S. Officials Purge Biosafety Board In Midst Of Anthrax Crisis

Reuters | Posted 09.14.2014 | Science

By Sharon Begley and David Morgan NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal officials, amid the worst U.S. biosafety crisis in years, have...

Why Lean May Save Your Life - The I-Corps @ NIH

Steve Blank | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Steve Blank

Today the National Institutes of Health announced they are offering my Lean LaunchPad class (I-Corps @ NIH ) to commercialize Life Science. There may...

Obama On Concussions: We Have To Change Our 'Suck It Up' Culture

The Huffington Post | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called Thursday for more robust research into youth concussions, saying there remains deep uncertainty over...

Sam Stein

Obama Administration Health Agencies Accused Of Intimidating Their Watchdog

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- High-level government officials at the top federal health agencies placed inappropriate pressure on their own watchdog agency, a new rep...

Will Medical Innovation Be an Afterthought This Election Season?

Mary Woolley | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Mary Woolley

Government investment in research is necessary. We cannot rely on the private sector to fill the void as elected officials cut agency budgets as part of an ill-advised attempt to reduce the deficit. Even if all science agencies were eliminated, we would not put a significant dent in the deficit.

Caregivers: The Unsung (and Quietly Suffering) Heroes

Melissa Thompson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Melissa Thompson

The impending surge in cases of dementia creates an urgent need to take aggressive action now to address the needs of our aging population and their families.

Sam Stein

Lawmakers Pass Pediatric Cancer Bill Undoing A Bit Of The Damage They Did To The NIH

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Thursday afternoon at the White House provided political leaders from opposing parties a rare moment to celebrate together, as the presi...