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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...
Founded in 1977, the American Pain Society (APS) is a multidisciplinary organization of basic and clinical scientists, practicing clinicians, policy analysts and others who conduct pain research, treat pain and advocate for individuals with pain. The mission of APS is to advance pain-related research, education, treatment and professional practice. In 2010, after a decade of APS advocacy efforts to address pain as a national issue, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) contracted with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to undertake a study and make recommendations “to increase the recognition of pain as a significant public health problem in the United States.” According to their landmark...
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has released the annual Cancer Progress Report , highlighting advances in cancer research, as well as advocating for sustained and robust funding for federal health agencies. AACR also hosted a congressional briefing on the progress report on Wednesday, September 21 to bring to Congress’ attention the importance of funding for research and emphasized patient involvement in moving research forward. Patient participation in clinical trials is important not only to test the efficacy of cancer drugs, but also to further the precision medicine initiative that aims to individualize cancer treatment based on each patient’s genetic code and...
Cancer researchers hope support for the Cancer Moonshot will speed the pace of discovery of life-saving technologies. Speakers at a Capitol Hill briefing held Thursday, September 15, agreed that the moonshot could heighten awareness of the importance of sustained federal funding for cancer research. The briefing, hosted by the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, focused on advances in cancer research that hope to someday replace current treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy. As a result of current therapies, cancer has on average seen a decline in incidence and mortality. However, this is not true of all cancers, said Dr. Krishna Kandarpa, director of research...
For every 1,000 babies born in this country, one to two will have hydrocephalus, and over 1 million people in the U.S. currently live with hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within cavities in the brain called ventricles, where there is an imbalance between the amount of CSF that is produced and the rate at which it is absorbed. As CSF builds up, it causes the ventricles to enlarge and the pressure inside the head to increase. There is currently no known way to prevent or cure hydrocephalus and the only treatment option today requires brain surgery. The most common treatment for hydrocephalus—and the most common procedure performed by...
A century of basic scientific research on retroviruses was required for the current advances in cancer and HIV prevention, diagnosis, and treatment and gene therapy to be achieved. Furthermore, our understanding of normal cell growth, human development, genetics, and evolution would be immensely impoverished if it were not for scientists pursuing their curiosity about peculiar animal viruses for over 100 years. Finally, numerous valuable technologies and commercial products have emerged from studies investigating how retroviruses are transmitted. The viruses that are now known as the avian sarcoma and leukosis viruses were discovered in 1908 and 1911. It was remarkable that birds could get...
Vaso-Occlusive Pain Associated with Menstruation in Sickle Cell Disease Over the last 40 years, a major change has occurred in the care for individuals with sickle cell disease (SCD) as the life expectancy has increased from the mid-40s to as high as 60 years old. The focus has shifted from decreasing early mortality in childhood and adolescence to improving quality of life for individuals with SCD in the United States. Vaso-occlusive pain remains the hallmark clinical manifestation and leading cause for hospitalization for individuals affected by SCD. Women were found to have higher pain rates when compared to men, particularly during their reproductive years (ages 19-39 years old), in the...
Alzheimer’s disease is the 6 th leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, affecting 11% of the population 65 years and older. Without a treatment or prevention breakthrough, studies estimate there could be as many as 13.5 million Americans living with the disease by 2050 with associated health care costs rising above $1 trillion. However, the research has progressed, as scientists unlock and unveil the secrets of the brain. Recently, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that measures of the tau protein are better markers of the cognitive decline of Alzheimer's than measures of amyloid beta...
Why Research is Needed Now to Stop the Progression of Parkinson’s Disease Not long ago, as I approached middle age, I started feeling like I hit a wall. It didn’t make sense to me. At age 40 I set out on a path to be healthy at age 50, both physically and emotionally. I knew a lot of people who burned out at 50 and I wasn’t going to be one of them. I exercised regularly and ate a healthy diet heavy on fruits and vegetables. I had a strong support network both at home and work. Looking from the outside everything was great – our family was all healthy, our business had recovered from the great recession and everything seemed to be going my way both personally and professionally. Still,...

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