Senate approves $2billion boost for NIH!

HALLELUJAH! This is great news (and a great birthday gift for myself).  The senate appropriations panel has just approved a $2 billion raise for the NIH in 2016. More details on the next steps and what this means for biomedical research in Science.

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Republican Senator James Inhofe confuses weather and climate #snow=noclimatechange?

Senator James Inhofe seems completely crazy in this clip confusing weather and climate change. He seems to claim that climate change doesnt exist… ’cause snowball. It turns out that a lot of ignorant people make this same mistake, or just choose to ignore science and definitions. Examples here and here.

Take Action with @UCSUSA – Tell the senate that climate #science is clear!

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Take 2 minutes to send a letter to tell the senate that climate science is clear! – via Union of Concerned Scientists. TAKE ACTION NOW!!

The Senate just voted against endorsing the basic fact that human activities contribute to climate change. Please join me in taking this action from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) urging the U.S. Senate to stop debating established climate science and start debating what to do about it. It’s important for scientists to speak out when politicians play games with research like this. Add your support today.

Learn more about the clear relationship between human activities and climate change and read our latest blog post on how policy makers are talking about climate science.

#Science Quotable: Senator Bernie Sanders #ClimateChange

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 7.37.58 PMThe American people need to know whether Congress is listening to the overwhelming majority of scientists when it comes to climate change.

On this issue, the scientists have been virtually unanimous in saying that climate change is real, it is caused by human activity, that it is already causing devastating problems in the United States and around the world and that it is imperative that we  transform our energy system away from fossil fuel.

Do members of Congress believe the scientists or not?

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We finally have a Surgeon General! #It’sAboutTime

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Yesterday, the senate FINALLY voted to confirm the new U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy.  We have gone over one year without a surgeon general (c’mon, where are our priorities?!), and are in the midst of an international Ebola crisis.  So yea… it’s about time for this to finally happen.

Dr. Murthy has an impressive resume: an MD and an MBA currently practicing and teaching at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and teaching at Harvard Medical school. He co-founded a clinical trials company, an HIV education organization, and Doctors for America. And hasn’t even celebrated his 40th B-day yet. Bam!

Part of the hold up in the confirmation may have arisen from a tweet by Dr. Murthy several years ago, where he asserted that “guns are a health care issue.”

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Clearly, the National Rifle Association has not been too happy about that…

HOWEVER, Murthy states that his primary goal as surgeon general will be to target obesity. Good luck!!

Treating 2 patients with #Ebola cost University of Nebraska Medical Center $1 million! Who do we send the bill to?

According to the University of Nebraska’s Medical Center’s Chancellor, Dr. Jeffrey Gold, treatment of 2 patients with ebola cost over 1 million dollars (Austin Powers anyone?). Apparently it is unclear who will pay for the patients care at the specialized center.

“I urge Congress to approve funding and policies supporting full reimbursement of the cost of care for these unique cases that are not recoverable from insurance policies. These are patients that federal government directed to UNMC and Emory,” Gold said.

One month before elections… have you Asked Your Candidates if medical research is a priority? @ResearchAmerica

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Today I received a nice email from Research!America, promoting their Ask Your Candidates campaign! Is Medical Research a Priority? Below is the reminder to get involved before the elections next month. The message includes two super easy ways to participate in the campaign.

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I have asked my candidates… have you asked yours? Make medical research a priority!


Ask Your Candidates! Is Medical Progress a Priority?

With less than a month remaining before Election Day, now is the time to get involved in the Ask Your Candidates! initiative. Through this effort, voters can ask congressional candidates to share their views on accelerating medical progress in America. Every voice makes a difference as we look to find treatments and cures for deadly and disabling diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s, and other threats like Ebola.

There are two easy ways to participate:

  1. Send an email to your candidates using the pre-drafted message, or a message of your own, and by filling in your contact information and clicking “Send Message.”
  2. Create awareness about the importance of medical research by taking a selfie. Just follow these steps: 1) Personalize an AYC! sign (or create your own sign), sharing why you support medical progress; and 2) Post your signs on Facebook or Twitter, using the hashtag #AYCresearch, or send it to us at askyourcandidates@researchamerica.org. If you’d like to see examples of selfies, see the AYC! selfies Facebook album.