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  • Feds Spend $429,220 Tracking Eye Movements of Latinos at Grocery Stores to Fight Obesity

    09/27/2017 8:38:30 AM PDT · by kevcol · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 27, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health is spending over $400,000 on a study tracking the eye movements of Latinos and their children at grocery stores in a bid to fight obesity. The study at San Diego State University is using "eye-tracking technology" to determine how overweight people make their decisions on what to buy at the grocery. Researchers hope they can identify strategies for changing groceries to nudge people into choosing options they consider healthier.
  • Feds Spend $187,704 to Improve Older Women’s Sex Lives

    09/21/2017 8:32:38 AM PDT · by kevcol · 39 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 21, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Institutes of Health is spending nearly $200,000 on a study that seeks to improve older women's sex lives through mindfulness meditation. The University of Pittsburgh received the funding for the project, which began last month. Mindfulness, a New Age meditation technique of thinking about thoughts, will be used as an intervention to get women older than 50 more active in the bedroom.
  • NIH To Drop Big Bucks On Exciting New Transgender Studies

    09/17/2017 5:52:08 PM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9/17/17
    Despite all of the left media complaints about how the GOP “hates science” and is slashing important funding, the Senate recently approved a two billion dollar increase in the budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). And given all the diseases running rampant, expanding work on cancer treatments and other advances, that’s probably a fair expenditure, right? That bump represents a 6% increase and brings their budget up to $36.1B. So what will they be doing with this newfound taxpayer largess? Are they finally on the trail of a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease? Sadly no, but they will be...
  • From Atheism To Christ: NIH Director Shares Journey Of Faith

    09/07/2017 8:39:38 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 7, 2017 | Joshua Gill
    The director of the National Institutes of Health revealed Wednesday that confronting death sparked his journey from atheism to Christianity. Dr. Francis Collins, NIH director and leader of the Human Genome Project, recounted to Bloomberg’s David Rubenstein how facing the reality of death and the questions it posed during his third year at medical school led him to become a Christian. The conversation, published Wednesday, revealed that Collins initially settled on agnosticism and then shifted toward atheism before ultimately placing his faith in Jesus Christ. Collins said that his spiritual journey began in college where he first confronted differing ideas...
  • 'Resistance' Researcher Gets $43,576 From NIH

    05/10/2017 7:55:40 AM PDT · by kevcol · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 10, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    A new study conducted by the National Institutes of Health on the "health status of gender minorities" is costing taxpayers over $40,000. . . . The study will use data from a behavioral health survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2014. Specific aims of the study include comparing the health status of different transgender subpopulations. . . . Ethan Cicero, a post-doctoral student at Duke University, received the grant. Cicero describes his employer as "The Resistance" on his now-private Facebook account. Cicero's cover photo on the social media platform reads "Resist 45," in reference to...
  • THE NUCLEAR OPTION: CREEPY KIMMEL POLITICIZES INFANT SON’S HEALTH CRISIS

    05/03/2017 8:07:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    BIG HOLLYWOOD (BREITBART) ^ | May 3, 2017 | Charles Hurt
    This is why America hates Hollywood. Late night “funny” man Jimmy Kimmel delivered a heart-wrenching monologue Monday night that every mother and every father could relate to. In the emotion-drunk moments last month after the birth of their son — still in the hospital room surrounded by nurses and euphoric family — he and his wife watched their boy turn blue and got the terrifying news that something was wrong with his heart. Or lungs. Or both. Mr. Kimmel called it the “longest three hours of my life” as more nurses and doctors and machines crowded into the room and...
  • Medical, science research faces huge cuts under Trump budget (National Institutes of Health Budget)

    03/16/2017 4:00:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | March 16, 2017 | Jen Christensen
    Although the details are scarce, President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, paints a dramatic picture for the American science and medical communities that is facing huge potential budget cuts. If it’s been a while since you’ve had a civics class, the Constitution states that it’s Congress that gets to decide how to spend the government’s money and how to tax its citizens, so this proposal is not the final word on what goes and what stays. But a President essentially starts the conversation, and for many scientists, it’s not a happy...
  • NIH recognizes LGBTQ community as 'health disparity population'

    10/07/2016 12:31:30 PM PDT · by PROCON · 46 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | Oct. 7, 2016 | Noel Gutierrez-Morfin
    In an effort to begin the process of rectifying health-related issues that disproportionately affect the LGBTQ community, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced on Thursday they will formally designate "sexual and gender minorities (SGMs) as a health disparity population for NIH research." "Mounting evidence indicates that SGM populations have less access to health care and higher burdens of certain diseases, such as depression, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. But the extent and causes of health disparities are not fully understood, and research on how to close these gaps is lacking," Eliseo Pérez-Stable M.D., director of the National Institute on Minority Health...
  • New study shows chronic fatigue syndrome may have to do with gut microbes

    09/17/2016 6:07:34 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 46 replies
    WaPo ^ | June 30, 2016 | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    “Our work demonstrates that the gut bacterial microbiome in chronic fatigue syndrome patients isn’t normal, perhaps leading to gastrointestinal and inflammatory symptoms in victims of the disease,” said Maureen Hanson, a professor of molecular biology and genetics at Cornell. “Furthermore, our detection of a biological abnormality provides further evidence against the ridiculous concept that the disease is psychological in origin.” In a study published this month in the journal Microbiome, Cornell University researchers looked at stool and blood samples of 48 people diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (or more formally, myalgic encephalomyelitis) and at 39 healthy volunteers. They found two...
  • Here's $49,577,386 That Could Have Gone to Zika Relief

    08/08/2016 7:12:33 AM PDT · by kevcol · 4 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 8, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    the Washington Free Beacon has uncovered $49,577,386 worth of questionable NIH studies since the Zika epidemic began in the beginning of 2015. The projects include everything from studying how drunk men look at women to teaching 11-year-old Kenyans how to use condoms. Many of the studies involve behavioral research into obesity, including the now $3,531,925 study into why a majority of lesbians are obese while gay men generally are not, which concluded that gay men have a “greater desire for toned muscles” than straight men. The project is slated to receive additional funding this year. The agency spent $1,679,030 on...
  • NIH Plans To Lift Ban On Research Funds For Part-Human, Part-Animal Embryos

    08/04/2016 11:50:00 AM PDT · by amorphous · 23 replies
    NPR ^ | 4 August 2016 | Rob Stein
    The federal government announced plans Thursday to lift a moratorium on funding of certain controversial experiments that use human stem cells to create animal embryos that are partly human. The National Institutes of Health is proposing a new policy to permit scientists to get federal money to make embryos, known as chimeras, under certain carefully monitored conditions. The NIH imposed a moratorium on funding these experiments in September because they could raise ethical concerns. One issue is that scientists might inadvertently create animals that have partly human brains, endowing them with some semblance of human consciousness or human thinking abilities....
  • Taxpayers are paying for scientific scaremongering

    07/16/2016 10:51:19 AM PDT · by K Street Eyes · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 16, 2016 | Andrew Langer
    Congress might want to take a hard look at how taxpayers money is being squandered on junk science by some federal agencies. One of the problems with government funded research is that organizations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide grants to international organizations that have had a history of producing studies to target politically unpopular products and services. Right now, one international organization is waging a public relations war on coffee using American tax dollars to attack this popular, maybe America’s most popular, beverage.
  • In Search For Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal And Human

    05/18/2016 4:48:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    npr ^ | 05/18/2016 | Rob Stein
    A handful of scientists around the United States are trying to do something that some people find disturbing: make embryos that are part human, part animal. The researchers hope these embryos, known as chimeras, could eventually help save the lives of people with a wide range of diseases. One way would be to use chimera embryos to create better animal models to study how human diseases happen and how they progress. Perhaps the boldest hope is to create farm animals that have human organs that could be transplanted into terminally ill patients. But some scientists and bioethicists worry the creation...
  • With his son terribly ill, a top scientist takes on chronic fatigue syndrome

    10/07/2015 12:59:44 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 105 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 5, 2015 | Miriam E. Tucker
    Before he got sick, Whitney Dafoe was an award-winning photographer and a world traveler. But now, at 31, Whitney lies in bed in a darkened room in his parents’ home, unable to talk, walk or eat. This isn’t the picture that people imagine when they hear “chronic fatigue syndrome,” which is often viewed by the public and the health-care community as a trivial or primarily psychological complaint.In a February report, the Institute of Medicine gave the illness a new name — systemic exertion intolerance disease. Many patients have long criticized the name “chronic fatigue syndrome” for not reflecting the seriousness...
  • Feds Developed App That Predicts ‘Psychological Status’ of Americans

    09/25/2015 6:05:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9/25/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a system that can predict the “psychological status” of users with smartphones and hope to private companies to bring the invention to the market.The technology appeared on a list of NIH inventions published in the Federal Register that are now available to be licensed by private companies. The government allows companies to license inventions resulting from federal research in order to expedite their arrival on the marketplace.The system uses smartphones to ask people how they are doing mentally during the day and based on the results can “deliver an automated...
  • NIH funds search for mysterious 'obesity gremlins' that are secretly making lesbians fat

    08/20/2015 8:13:10 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 47 replies
    Liberty Headlines ^ | 8/19/2015 | Mike Adams
    This story is not satire. According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and awarded to a Boston hospital for more than $1.5 million, some mysterious phenomenon is covertly making lesbians obese, in apparent violation of the dietary laws of cause and effect. For now, I'm calling this phenomenon "obesity gremlins," and here's how a NIH-funded study describes this extraordinary mystery: It is now well-established that women of minority sexual orientation are disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic, with nearly three-quarters of adult lesbians overweight or obese, compared to half of heterosexual women. So let me get...
  • NIH, FDA tied to fetal-tissue firm

    08/06/2015 8:18:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    politico.com ^ | 8/6/15 | Jennifer Haberkorn and Brett Norman
    One of the companies identified as a fetal tissue supplier in sting videos of Planned Parenthood counts two federal health agencies among its customers, earning at least $300,000 for material used in research of treatments for HIV and eye disease, officials confirmed to POLITICO. It’s unknown whether the nonprofit, Advanced Bioscience Resources, got any of that fetal tissue from abortions performed at Planned Parenthood clinics. But the firm’s relationship with the women’s health organization, and its contracts since 2009 with the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, have shed light on the government’s involvement in the...
  • U.S. Government ‘Humanized’ Mice With Tissue Taken from Babies at 17- to 22-Weeks Gestational Age

    08/05/2015 6:48:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/5/15 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - A group of government researchers working for a National Institutes of Health laboratory in Montana made “humanized mice” by implanting the mice with tissues cut from human livers and thymuses taken from babies at 17 to 22 weeks gestational age. The researchers then published a paper describing how they constructed this particular type of “humanized” mouse, saying they hoped their description of the process would help other researchers seeking to make such mice in the future. The same government researchers had collaborated on another journal article about the “humanized” mouse with an NIH-funded researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital--which...
  • Obama Admin OKs Using Aborted Babies’ Brains in Lab Tests

    07/30/2015 6:29:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | Mar 16, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    The Obama administration is getting grief from a pro-life group for approving an experiment using the remains of the bodies of unborn children victimized in abortion for research continues in U.S. laboratories. Scott Fischbach, the director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life uncovered the information showing a clinical trial approved by the Food and Drug Administration uses brain tissue from aborted unborn babies to treat macular degeneration. StemCells Inc. will inject fetal brain stem cells into the eyes of up to 16 patients to study the cells’ effect on vision. In its press release announcing the clinical trial, StemCells Inc....
  • Body Parts for Profit: How Abortion Clinics Supply Stem Cell Research (2012 flashback)

    07/29/2015 10:31:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    occupycorporatism.com ^ | December 27, 2012 | Susanne Posel
    Dr. Leon R. Kass, the Addie Clark Harding Professor Emeritus in the Committee on Social Thought and the College at the University of Chicago and former chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics under former President George W. Bush, has written a report entitled “The Meaning of Life – In the Laboratory”. Kass discusses the morality surrounding the US government’s funding of “research on human embryonic stem cells, cells derived from early embryos produced by in vitro fertilization in assisted-reproduction clinics.” According to the report, the use of human embryos is justified by the advancements of science which demands that...