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Dear Research Advocate, Fourth of July, typically a day to unwind and celebrate, comes to us this year at a fraught time in our fight against a deadly pandemic. Evidence-based public health practices to mitigate the virus’s spread have been too often politicized and unheeded, leading to adherence gaps by some that place many others at risk. Cautious optimism from public health experts that we were on a path to containing the virus is being overtaken by alarm. Public health officials in communities across the country are being physically threatened while laboring under poorly-resourced conditions. An important time to hear from Dr. Tom Frieden, former CDC Director and current President and...
Dear Research Advocate: You may have seen this week’s 60 Minutes segment on an experimental therapy at Duke University targeting glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. Like the PBS documentary based on Siddhartha Mukherjee’s "The Emperor of All Maladies," the 60 Minutes report conveys the gravity of the cancer threat - the unimaginable emotional and physical toll it takes - and the power of science to fight back. The media gets a bad rap - sometimes deserved - for sensationalizing, trivializing, and generally making mincemeat of good science. The negative consequences can be enormous, leading to science skepticism that bleeds into counterproductive public policy. But just as often the...
Leading Experts Focus on the Challenges and Opportunities Affecting the Fight Against Cancer ALEXANDRIA, Va. ’€“ February 27, 2014 ’€“ A panel of leading health, economics and policy experts today discussed the prospects for a future where cancers are rendered manageable or even eradicated and the variables affecting progress toward that goal so that cancer patients are able to lead normal, productive lives ’€“ and thus be ’€œfree from’€ their cancers. The forum was hosted by Research!America and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The event, titled, ’€œA World Free from Cancers: Probable, Possible, or Preposterous?’€ was held at the New York Academy of Sciences. Medical innovation has...

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The capabilities are enormous, a little bit of research can pay off quite a bit in the long run.
Paul D’ Addario, retinitis pigmentosa patient