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Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) remembers the exact moment when he grasped the gravity of the opioid epidemic. As he prepared to give a speech in Taunton, Massachusetts in 2014, he asked the mayor and police chief what was the biggest issue facing their town. “We’ve lost seven people to overdoses in just the last couple of weeks,” they replied. Two years later, he said, Massachusetts lost 2,000 people to opioid-related deaths. Sen. Markey joined other speakers to discuss this epidemic at the Washington Post’s program Addiction in America co-hosted by Battelle on June 21, 2017. “Unless we put in place the necessary prevention and treatment programs, the epidemic will explode,” he stressed. More...
This blog post is part of a weekly series focusing on different aspects of public health leading up to Public Health Thank You Day on Monday, November 21, 2016. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #PHTYD and visit www.publichealththankyouday.org for more information. Professionals in public health and health care work tirelessly, day in and day out, to protect not just the community’s health but our nation’s health security. In times of crisis we work even harder to protect health, particularly for the most vulnerable members of society, including those who have special medical conditions. My agency, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (...
In the delivery phase, researchers deploy health services research, health economics research and behavioral research to optimize the delivery of health care, help Americans protect and enhance their individual health, ensure that medical advances reach the right patients in the right settings at the right time, minimize medical errors and in other ways work to maximize the value of medical progress to patients and their loved ones. We hope the final Cures package expands and improves telehealth; recognizes the importance of health services research to improve the delivery of health care; and makes meaningful, positive changes in the lives of patients. Take action! Are you a patient that...
How to shape and communicate the value of medical innovation is top of mind for research stakeholders as they balance the cost of innovation with meeting the needs of patients. Experts representing industry and payers discussed the challenges of defining innovation in the policy, market and political environments during a session at the BIO International Convention on Tuesday, June 7. Josh Ofman, senior vice president at Amgen noted that industry needs to be more proactive in communicating the value proposition of innovation: "We need a holistic picture of value from a societal perspective, patient perspective and payer perspective." "Groups need to look at models that work" in assessing...
Tom Brokaw says one of the motivating factors for writing his new book, A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope, was to help educate consumers about health care. "Most patients don't have a clue" about what they learn in doctors' offices and on the Internet, the former award-winning journalist noted today during his keynote luncheon remarks at the BIO International Convention. He said the country needs to have an informed debate on health care to address issues regarding affordability and access. Brokaw, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma two years ago, said he was fortunate to receive quality health care, but many Americans do not have the same options. "We need big ideas" in...
New National Poll Reveals Many Respondents Predict China will Surpass U.S. in Science and Innovation by 2020 ALEXANDRIA, Va.’€”December 3, 2013’€”Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Americans say it’€™s likely there will be another government shutdown in the months ahead as Congress continues to debate deficit and budget issues, according to a new national public opinion poll commissioned by Research!America and the American Society of Hematology. This sentiment is shared across party affiliations: Democrats (66%), Republicans (65%) and Independents (65%). There is also consensus across party lines that government dysfunction has consequences. A majority of Americans (57%) say the shutdown in...
Dear Research Advocate: The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the clarion call for equality for all Americans brings to mind the work still to be done to address health disparities. For example, cancer incidence and death rates are significantly higher for African-Americans than for all other ethnic groups, and Hispanic and African-American adults are 1.5 to 2 times more likely to have diabetes than white adults. Our polling shows that nearly 75% of Americans believe it is imperative to conduct research to understand and combat health disparities. As a community of advocates, we need to press policy makers to keep this unacceptable gap in health care and health outcomes in...
Dear Research Advocate: The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the clarion call for equality for all Americans brings to mind the work still to be done to address health disparities. For example, cancer incidence and death rates are significantly higher for African-Americans than for all other ethnic groups, and Hispanic and African-American adults are 1.5 to 2 times more likely to have diabetes than white adults. Our polling shows that nearly 75% of Americans believe it is imperative to conduct research to understand and combat health disparities. As a community of advocates, we need to press policy makers to keep this unacceptable gap in health care and health outcomes in...
The TMJ Association, Ltd. (TMJA), a Research!America member, was founded in 1989 in Milwaukee, WI by two TMJ patients. The organization’€™s mission is to improve the quality of health care and lives of everyone affected by Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD), commonly called TMJ. TMD are a complex and poorly understood set of conditions characterized by pain in the jaw joint and surrounding tissues with limitation in jaw movements. TMD pain may range from mild discomfort to severe and intractable accompanied by jaw dysfunction necessitating a feeding tube for sustenance. For many sufferers, their ability to chew, swallow, make facial expressions, and even breathe is limited. It is estimated...
Only Small Percentage say Health Care Professionals Have Ever Talked to Them about Medical Research ALEXANDRIA, Va. – June 12, 2013 – More than two-thirds (72%) of Americans say it’s likely they would participate in a clinical trial if recommended by their doctor, but only 22% say a doctor or other health care professional has ever talked to them about medical research, according to a new national public opinion poll commissioned by Research!America. A wide majority (80%) say they have heard of a clinical trial – more than half (53%) through the Internet and only 24% from a doctor or other health care provider. Only 16% of those polled say they or someone in their family have ever...

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Paul D’ Addario, retinitis pigmentosa patient