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Research!America is dedicated to ensuring a strong public and private sector investment in research to improve health at a level warranted by scientific opportunity and supported by public opinion. Each blog post aims to inform readers about the health and economic benefits of research.  

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Good health begins with people understanding the importance of prevention and lifestyle. In order to advocate for prevention in their communities, schools and cities, it is important for individuals to know how to keep themselves and others healthy through adequate diet and physical activity, by avoiding smoking, by drinking only in moderation, and by getting regular medical checkups. The idea that avoiding and preventing disease is a lot better than suffering with disease usually resonates well with the general public. However, prevention must connect behaviors now with what may be avoided later, and often needs to occur in the absence of illness or any similar motivation. For example,...
Shopping, parties and travel are occupying the time of many Americans this holiday season, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging people to add one more important item to their holiday to do list: get vaccinated for the flu. This message is part of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) , December 4-10, led by the CDC to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the holiday season and beyond. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. The illness can cause hospitalizations, even death. Flu vaccination, according to the CDC, is the best way to protect against this...
The December 2016 Research Advocate is now online . Highlights from this month include: Research!America convened an esteemed panel of policymakers and scientists for the 2016 Post-Election Briefing on November 15 to discuss expectations for science and medical progress with a new president and the next Congress. The briefing was hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and supported in part by Zogby Analytics. Post-election overview of Research!America's voter-education initiative Campaign for Cures . Federal policy update outlining the latest appropriations process in Congress, and the progress of the 21st Century Cures Act , which passed the House this week and...
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) affect over one billion of the world’s poorest people, impairing families’ health, nutrition, cognition, and even productivity at work. These parasitic and bacterial infectious diseases broadly threaten education as well as social, emotional, and physical health. The NTDs include lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, river blindness, schistosomiasis, hookworm and other intestinal worms, Chagas disease and African sleeping sickness, among others. According to the CDC, over 500,000 people die from NTDs across the globe each year, and all low-income countries suffer from at least five of these diseases simultaneously. Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of Baylor College of...
Dear Research Advocate, Last Friday, while many of us were still savoring a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving, the House released their revamped version of the 21st Century Cures Act. Check out our most recent letter of support and our full statement for more details. Last night, it passed the House by an extraordinary bipartisan majority of 392-26, exceeding even the majority it achieved in its original passage in July 2015. The new Cures package unleashed an avalanche of activity: Mark McClellan, director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, former FDA commissioner and Research!America board member, and Ellen Sigal, chair and founder of Friends of Cancer Research, and former...
The House bipartisan passage of the 21 st Century Cures Act is a triumph for patients and a true testament to what can be accomplished when patients and other research stakeholders engage with policymakers and commit to finding solutions to our most pressing health threats. We are pleased that the bill includes support for national priorities like the Cancer Moonshot, Precision Medicine and BRAIN Initiatives. Importantly, the bill helps empower the Food and Drug Administration to recruit the best and the brightest scientific minds, paves the way for more patient involvement in the discovery, development and delivery pipeline, and fosters young researchers to help secure our nation’s global...
Today, Research!America sent a letter to House and Senate leadership in support of the 21 st Century Cures Act, legislation that encourages the discovery, development and delivery of new treatments and cures for patients. A new version of the 21st Century Cures bill (21stCC) has been introduced, with a strong chance that this bipartisan legislation will pass both Houses of Congress, and that President Obama will sign it into law shortly thereafter. Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI-06) has requested that organizations and individuals send letters by Wednesday, November 30 at 1:00 p.m. ET . We encourage advocates to send a letter and voice support for this important legislation. Click here for a...
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. LaMar Hasbrouck, M.D., MPH, is the Executive Director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation's nearly 3,000 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all...
Dear Research Advocate, As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, it is fitting to thank our public health workforce for their tireless efforts on our behalf every day of the year. Monday marked the official Public Health Thank You Day (PHTYD), but it is ongoing. This year’s effort has been extraordinary, with more than 50 organizations partnering with us to get the word out. For the first time since we launched PHTYD in 2005, Congress officially joined the effort. As I mentioned last week, the co-chairs of the House Public Health Caucus introduced a resolution supporting PHTYD. Online, more than 1,000 organizations and individuals participated, including federal officials from HHS and DOD,...
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. Deaths in the United States due to prescription and illicit opioid overdoses have quadrupled over the past 17 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 78 Americans die each day from overdoses of drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, and heroin. Over the course of the opioid crisis, sales of prescription opioids in the U.S. have nearly quadrupled , but the amount of...

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