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The December 2015 issue of the The Research Advocate is now online . Highlights from this month include: A new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine highlighting advances in nursing and areas where more work is needed. An update on the FY16 congressional appropriations process. Public Health Thank You Day on November 23 honored public health heroes. A Member Spotlight featuring the National Medical Association. Collection of essays published by FasterCures from leaders in medical research, highlighting innovative ideas to advance innovation. Download the entire December 2015 Research Advocate as a PDF.
Nurses make up the largest segment of the healthcare profession, with approximately 3 million registered nurses in the U.S., and face challenges in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. A report released December 4 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Assessing Progress on the Institute of Medicine Report The Future of Nursing , shows significant progress over the last five years in transforming the nursing profession to adapt to an increasingly complex health care system. The report is an assessment of progress with implementing recommendations in the 2010 IOM report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health...
Dear Research Advocate: What does the current political impasse in Washington have in common with deadly or disabling diseases? They will not cure themselves, and the harm escalates until the “patient” gets expert treatment. There is no place for miracle cures or wishful thinking. The solution isn’€™t what a given individual or party wants it to be, it’€™s what solves the problem. Right now, it’€™s by no means clear what or who will solve the problems ’€” which now include the debt ceiling as well as the lack of funding to run the government. Fasten your seat belts for more turbulence between now and October 17th. You may have heard that the House passed a bill yesterday to fund NIH, along...
Dear Research Advocate: What does the current political impasse in Washington have in common with deadly or disabling diseases? They will not cure themselves, and the harm escalates until the “patient” gets expert treatment. There is no place for miracle cures or wishful thinking. The solution isn’€™t what a given individual or party wants it to be, it’€™s what solves the problem. Right now, it’€™s by no means clear what or who will solve the problems ’€” which now include the debt ceiling as well as the lack of funding to run the government. Fasten your seat belts for more turbulence between now and October 17th. You may have heard that the House passed a bill yesterday to fund NIH, along...
Dear Research Advocate: On Wednesday, the House Appropriations agriculture subcommittee approved the funding bill that includes the Food and Drug Administration. The bill allocates nearly $100 million above the post-sequester levels. Unfortunately, the baseline budgets in the House are so low that this increase is still lower than FY12 FDA funding. We must not fall into the trap of lowering our expectations and applauding an artificial victory. The true mark of success is funding that keeps up with need. We must keep working. As demonstrated particularly by the 18.6% cut targeted for the House LHHS appropriations FY14 budget, the pressure to shrink government by slashing discretionary...

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