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The Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC) conducts high-impact palliative care research to help improve quality of life for patients with life-threatening conditions. One example of the PCRC’s research is a recent randomized controlled trial which found that discontinuing statins among patients in the last three months of life did not significantly change survival rates. In fact, patients whose statins were discontinued reported higher quality of life and lower costs than those who continued taking the drugs. This study directly impacted care by guiding clinicians on how to develop statin regimens for patients near the end of life. "Most of the studies focus on when to start a...
Dear Research Advocate, OMB has recommended cuts to FY17 appropriations , which would precede, if you will, the proposed FY18 cuts. As noted in our statement , these proposed cuts contradict worthy goals the President established for his tenure in office. They also fly in the face of public opinion. Fortunately, it appears Congress is not playing ball . Please use this editable message to say no to reductions and yes to passage of an FY17 omnibus bill. Reliable sources say the bill includes a $2 billion boost for NIH, as well as increases for CDC, FDA and NSF. The media is chock-full of commentary and quotes supporting investment in research and public health. A masterful Washington Post op...
“We are on the cusp of a major breakthrough in medical progress, this is not a time to let up, it’s a time to redouble our efforts,” said Joe Biden , 47th Vice President of the United States, in his remarks at Research!America’s 21st Advocacy Awards Dinner on March 15. “We can make sure many more chronic diseases don’t cost you your life, but only if we break down barriers. I see the day a patient is given the right therapy the first time when they are diagnosed. I see the day when prevention is more effective, and where care is personalized and more effective with less side effects.” Former Vice President Biden received the Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award for his commitment to...
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...
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, and March 12-17 will be World Glaucoma Week (WGW) with events held around the globe, including an Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) Congressional Briefing on March 9 at noon in House Rayburn Office Building 2040 in Washington, D.C. Americans fear vision loss more than most other conditions, as reported in a 2014 Research!America survey conducted for AEVR. 1 So sustained education about glaucoma is vital since it is the second leading cause of preventable vision loss in the United States. A neurological disease affecting the optic nerve, it causes loss of peripheral vision and ultimately blindness. It affects more than 2.7 million Americans over...
Dear Research Advocate, Tomorrow, our 45th U.S. President will be inaugurated. The challenge and opportunity that President Trump - and all our elected representatives - face is to ensure that the next four years deliver better health, safety and prosperity. I hope President Trump’s inaugural address signals that his Administration will leverage research and innovation to meet our nation’s normative and strategic objectives. With NIH, CDC, AHRQ and FDA under the purview of the Department of Health and Human Services, the new Secretary will influence the nature and pace of medical progress, the capability of our public health infrastructure, and other critical science-relevant variables in...
The future of science and research for health under a Trump Administration and a Republican majority in Congress was the focus of Research!America’s 2016 Post-Election Briefing at the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on November 15. Kicking off the program was John Zogby, founder of the “Zogby Poll” and senior partner of John Zogby Strategies. He noted that it’s too soon to know how research will fare under a new Administration but he said people understand that medical research is vital. Following his remarks, a panel comprised of Research!America Chair Hon. John Porter; Vice Chair Gov. Mike Castle; American Association for the Advancement of Science CEO and board...
Mental Health Awareness Week in early October is an important marker that helps all of us shed light on the multifaceted problems associated with mental illness and the important work being done to alleviate suffering. Just consider these devastating facts and statistics: - Suicide is among the top ten causes of death in the U.S. - One in four people worldwide suffer from some type of mental illness, and two-thirds of them do not get the treatment they need. - Everyday we hear about mass shootings, a rise in heroin addiction, young people lured into terrorist groups, veterans suffering with PTSD, and increases in depression and anxiety among children and adults. Clearly, mental illness is a...
Recent research suggests that oral health is closely tied to overall physical health, and poor oral health could play a role in a wide range of diseases like diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. As such, it is becoming clear that obtaining good oral healthcare services is just as important as getting quality medical care. However, 1 in 5 Americans 65 and older have untreated cavities, and over 70% have periodontal disease. Research!America and Colgate-Palmolive hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on Tuesday, October 4 in Washington, D.C. to discuss oral health challenges facing older adults in the United States featuring top experts in the fields of public health and dentistry. Dr. Michael...
U.S. investments in medical and health research and development (R&D) grew by 13.3% over a three year period (2013 – 2015), according to Research!America’s new investment report . However, medical and health R&D represents a small fraction of total spending on health. Currently, the U.S. spends less than 5 cents of every health dollar on R&D to prevent, treat, and cure disease. More than half of Americans (56%) say that is not enough, a recent public opinion survey shows. Industry, including pharmaceutical, medical technolo­gy, biotechnology and health IT companies, invests more in R&D than other sectors. In 2015, industry invested 64.7% of total spending, followed by the...

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Without continued support for health research, many of the most promising young scientists, their ideas and a myriad of potentially life-changing scientific breakthroughs will vanish into oblivion.
Paul Marinec, PhD; University of California San Francisco