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Photo by Jonathan Borba on UnsplashThyroid eye disease is a serious, debilitating, and vision-threatening autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks muscles and other tissue behind and around the eyes, which can result in potentially sight-threatening proptosis (eye bulging). Symptoms include light sensitivity, bulging eyes, double vision, and red, watery, and irritated eyes.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that in 2016, a greater number of deaths by suicide than by Parkinson’s disease, natural disasters, ovarian cancer, war, thyroid cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and opioid use disorders combined. Additionally, the VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention reports that veterans have a higher rate of suicide than non-veterans by over 150%.

The BRAIN Initiative spans several federal entities and includes partnerships with industry leaders, and academia, among others.

“Many or most public health issues are inherently local, but the federal government still has an important role to play, and they have resources to bare when needed,” said Chrissie Juliano, Executive Director of the Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC).

An NIH poster at the briefing.On July 24, 2019, the Senate NIH Caucus sponsored a briefing on the NIH BRAIN Initiative, showcasing just one of the many areas in which the NIH is leading cutting-edge research efforts to improve human health.

“Sixteen years ago we had in front of us, for the first time ever, the order of the three billion letters that make up the human genome,” began Dr. Eric Green, Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). Genetic sequencing and genomics have come a long way since 2003, when the Human Genome Project announced the completion of the first full sequence of the human genome.

Infectious disease outbreaks. Opioid overdoses. Chemical exposures. When threats like these arise, we rely on public health surveillance efforts to identify and address them. However, our current systems are outdated and disjointed, hindering the ability of public health professionals to respond to such crises in a timely manner.

On June 12, 2019, the Alliance for Aging Research, in partnership with the Michael J. Fox Foundation, held a Capitol Hill briefing on Parkinson’s disease.

A total of “1.7 million Americans will receive a new cancer diagnosis this year,” announced Frederick Ryan, President, and CEO of The Washington Post, in his opening remarks for the Post’s Chasing Cancer event earlier this month. Sponsored by Tesaro and the George Washington Cancer Center, the event did not shy away from difficult topic matter.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was treating patients with HIV/AIDS before the disease had a name. In the early 1980’s, a period he describes as the dark years of his professional career, half of the patients he saw would be dead within twelve months, and the medical community had no idea what was killing them.

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