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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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February is American Heart Month, a time dedicated to increasing awareness about ways to prevent, diagnose, treat and thrive with heart disease. On behalf of the 43 million women living with or at risk for heart disease, WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease urges Congress to increase support for research and access to high quality, affordable health care for all women. Research and access to care are critically important in the fight against heart disease, the leading cause of death for women. Evidence-based diagnostic techniques, treatments and rehabilitation services make it possible for patients to maintain a healthy and productive lifestyle, even after a heart...
Dear Research Advocate, Budget conversations are back to the fore. President Trump has made it clear that his budget will cut non-defense discretionary (NDD) deeply. NDD makes up only about 16% of the federal budget, but fuels a wide range of crucial American priorities like education, criminal justice, services for veterans, public health, child protection and science. As Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) recently made clear cutting non-defense discretionary (NDD) funding is not a viable strategy for addressing our nation’s fiscal issues. We agree and challenge advocates for research to speak up for the role of science in stabilizing our fiscal future. On The Bio Report podcast today, I...
February is AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month. Join the conversation on social media by sharing this blog post on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #AMDAwarenessMonth and #LowVisionMonth. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss among people aged 50 and older in developed countries. In the United States alone, the number of people with advanced AMD, is over 2 million. This number is expected to increase to 5.4 million by 2050. There is currently no cure for AMD, making it a major public health crisis. As with many kinds of vision loss, especially those involving the central visual field, it is easy to think of the disorder as a loss of acuity – reading...
Cardiovascular disease – including stroke – is the top killer of women, said Dr. Maria Duca of Virtua Health System Cardiology Group during a February 6 Women and Heart Health briefing organized by WomenHeart and the American Heart Association . “We are dying less in the last several years but we are still dying more than men,” Duca said. “It’s a women’s disease.” The briefing was one of many events that will take place nationwide in observance of American Heart Month in February. In particular, WomenHeart sought to educate women about their unique cardiovascular disease risk factors and provide them with the appropriate steps to take in addressing those factors. “Our mission is to empower...
Ahead of World Cancer Day on February 4, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) would like to thank the thousands of laboratory researchers, physician-scientists, healthcare professionals and patient advocates around the globe and recognize their commitment to increasing the number of cancer survivors who are alive today. In the U.S., thanks to decades of federally funded cancer research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), we have seen a steady rise in the number of Americans who survive a cancer diagnosis. Our continued commitment to preventing and curing cancer comes at a time when, despite all the incredible progress...
The February 2017 Research Advocate is now online . Highlights from this month include: Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Kathy Bates and other distinguished awardees will be honored at Research!America’s Advocacy Awards Dinner on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. A new Research!America survey shows that Americans are split on whether the U.S. will be seen as the global leader in science and innovation under President Donald Trump (41% of Americans agree, 40% disagree and 19% are not sure). Research!America staff shared insights and recommendations with attendees at the Association of Medical School Microbiology and Immunology Chairs (AMSMIC) Annual...
As World Cancer Day approaches, Moffitt Cancer Center remains committed to supporting research that addresses the health care needs of LGBTQ patients who are at-risk or suffering from cancer. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community, also referred to as sexual and gender minorities (SGMs), is a growing and medically underserved population in the United States. It spans all races, ethnicities, ages, socioeconomic statuses, and regions of the United States and accounts for roughly 3% to 12% of the adult population. LGBTQ individuals have higher disease risk and worse health outcomes for many diseases than heterosexual and cisgender (having a gender...
This article is the second in a series highlighting the accomplishments of Research!America’s 2017 Advocacy Award honorees who will be saluted at a dinner in Washington, D.C., on March 15. More details can be found here . Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., is Research!America’s recipient of the Legacy Award , which honors an individual’s outstanding commitment to sustaining our nation’s world-class leadership in medical and health research. Dr. Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). An effective communicator, Dr. Fauci has testified before Congress more than 250 times, voicing strong support for biomedical...
Dear Research Advocate, I am pleased to announce that Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will receive the Edwin C. Whitehead Award at our Advocacy Awards Dinner on March 15 in Washington, D.C., for his steadfast commitment to improving the lives of Americans through research, and for leading passage of the 21st Century Cures Act in the Senate. Join us in honoring him! This week, Research!America issued a statement and signed on to a letter spearheaded by AAAS calling on President Trump to rescind his executive order (EO) establishing a temporary ban on certain immigrants. Another Presidential EO placed a temporary hiring freeze on all federal employees, with limited exceptions. A memo from OMB...
Gregg Gordon was 44 and the picture of health until he suddenly became excessively tired and noticed two small bumps on his shin. A visit to his doctor led to a startling cancer diagnosis, and less than 24 hours later he was receiving chemotherapy to treat acute myeloid leukemia. When standard treatments failed, Gregg’s best hope was a bone marrow transplant, but he could not find a donor match. Fortunately, he was referred to Colleen Delaney, M.D., in Seattle, who had developed a process for expanding stem cells from umbilical cord blood for use in patients without donors. As The Washington Post reported in September 2016, the procedure was a success and Gregg has been cancer-free for five...

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Luck shouldn't play a role in why I'm alive.
Laurie MacCaskill, a seven-year pancreatic cancer survivor