Walter Shapiro - Politics Daily
The budgetary hot-air wars gripping Washington have spotlighted all the elements that have degraded of 21st century politics: Apocalyptic threats of a government shutdown, high-decibel debates over budgetary irrelevancies (the drive to defund Planned Parenthood), angry denunciations of do-nothing government bureaucrats and vapid presidential slogans ("Win the Future").
Even when the congressional fiscal follies momentarily take a serious turn, an abstract tone dominates these floating numbers games involving slashing tens of billions. Budget arithmetic turns into an alternative reality as num...
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Courtesy Kathy Ireland
(Oct. 11) -- Three months ago, my niece Polly was born. In the short time since, she's already undergone one extensive surgery to repair two holes in heart. And we've now learned that she has one additional opening on her heart that may or may not close without further surgery.
Like one out of every 800 babies born in the U.S., Polly has Down syndrome. But despite the fact that DS is a top genetic issue, perhaps the top genetic issue in the country, funding for it has been consistently reduced. This year, the National Institutes of Health expects to spend...
Katie Drummond - AOL News
(Sept. 9) -- The use of genomic sequencing to create personalized medical prescriptions, a process that's already making rapid strides, got a financial boost this week.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will invest $161.3 million over five years in its Pharmacogenetics Research Network (PGRN). The decade-old collaborative effort, which includes dozens of institutions, is working to master the relationship between an individual's genome and the person's response to different medications and treatment options.
"Thanks to breakthroughs in genome-sequencing technologies and our growing un...
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(Aug. 25) -- Federal funding for stem cell research is once again being held back by politics. Monday, a federal court, in granting an injunction against federally funded human embryonic stem cell research, allowed a vocal minority to hold science hostage to a narrow political agenda.
Judge Royce Lamberth's injunction was issued on the grounds that the guidelines for human embryonic stem cell research "clearly violate" the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, which prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from using appropriated funds for the creation of human embryos for research purposes ...
Katie Drummond - Politics Daily
Google's integrated health section now includes yet another feature. Yesterday, the search engine megalith added quick-hit medication information to its repertoire.
Last year, Google launched its foray into consumer-friendly health coverage with "Health OneBox," offering easy-to-read details on illnesses and conditions with a single search.
So why is Google adding this latest feature? And how will it work? Surge Desk breaks it down:
How can I use Google's new tools?
Search for medications the same way you always did, using generic names ("acetaminophen") or brand names ("Aleve"). But inst...
Ria Misra - Politics Daily
Even near the end, Ted Kennedy was still thinking about the nitty-gritty details of health care reform legislation. He spent some of his final weeks lobbying for an appointed temporary successor to his Senate seat after his death, so that someone would be in place to cast a vote when the health care legislation comes to the floor. But Kennedy's most lasting legacy in health care may turn out to be in research.
Besides pushing ahead on specific measures to expand stem cell research and funding for HIV/AIDS research, Kennedy also pushed for funds to be directed to the National Institutes of He...
Bob Franken - Politics Daily
We keep statistics about almost everything. So I wonder if anyone has kept tabs on the many people who have gone bonkers about government interference at health care meetings. How many drove to the town-hall meetings in new cars they just got in the "Cash for Clunkers" program?
More to the point: How many stopped to pick up prescriptions they assume are safe because they have been so rigorously tested by the Food and Drug Administration? Actually, one of the FDA's biggest problems is interference by the private sector, but that's a subject for another day....
David Gibson - Politics Daily
The Secular Coalition for America moved into spanking new K Street offices this week and the swagger – and implicit political heft – that such an address confers on the lone Washington lobby representing America's proudly godless couldn't come at a better time.
Back on Election Day, Barack Obama was a favorite of the religiously unaffiliated, winning an overwhelming 75 percent of a bloc that is growing fast – from nine percent of the electorate in 2000 to 12 percent in 2008 – and one that figures to be crucial to Obama's chances in 2012, especially as his once-stratospheric approval numbers s...