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  • February 24, 2015

    Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) recently proposed a "swear jar" system that will fine large drug companies for breaking laws and give this money to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Could this so-called Medical Innovation Act help solve the NIH’s funding woes? »

  • February 19, 2015

    A controversial National Institutes of Health center has a new name. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is now the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). Could a name change help give the center more credibility? »

  • January 28, 2015

    A new study finds that the rate of investment in medical research is increasing across the globe but is actually declining in the United States. This decrease is causing a logjam in translating basic biological studies into products and treatments that can be used in clinical settings. Could new financial models—like biomedical research bonds—help fill this funding gap?


  • November 21, 2014

    The NIH hosted a conference to assess the state of research on the connections between health and buildings, and to examine how the building industry can make more use of science in the practice of building design, construction, and operation. »

  • October 14, 2014

    One of the most pressing scientific issues facing Congress today is the risk that antibiotic resistance presents to human health. Unlike other political-scientific hot potatoes, such as global warming, the House and Senate crossed the aisle to pass a bipartisan bill to speed new antibiotics to market, and are working on a new bill to make FDA approval even easier. »