AIF Blog - Health

April 20, 2017
  Elizabeth Lesser is co-founder of Omega Institute, and the author of three books. She will speak as part of the Caregiving track at Spotlight Health. (Photo: "Nurse Maggie," credit: Elizabeth Lesser) My younger sister Maggie was a renaissance woman—a no-nonsense nurse practitioner in a rural Vermont community, an accomplished artist, a mother and farmer and beekeeper and maple syrup producer. And she also was my...
February 21, 2017
Helen Fisher, chief scientific advisor for Match.com, speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Thanks to technology, we are more connected than ever—digitally. But at what cost? How have technologies, like online dating sites and apps like Tinder, changed attitudes and behaviors? How do we choose a partner and stay interested when we have an almost infinite world of choices at our fingertips? Will marriage become a...
January 24, 2017
How are diet and lifestyle linked to bacterial communities in the gut? How can growing knowledge about gut health be used to develop new therapies? Researchers are learning how the gut microbiome responds to the food we eat, influencing obesity, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, and even mental health. Trillions of bacteria inhabit the human gut, working in close and complex symbiosis with our cells....
January 03, 2017
What actually happens to the brain when we meditate? Published studies have documented the many physical and mental health benefits of meditation, including decreased pain, better immune function, less anxiety and depression, a heightened sense of well-being, and greater happiness and emotional self-control. Imaging studies show, with meditation there’s increased activity in brain regions associated with...
December 28, 2016
Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post interviews US Attorney General Loretta Lynch at Aspen Ideas 2016.At the 12th annual Aspen Ideas Festival, hundreds of the world’s most exciting medical experts, politicians, business leaders, journalists, academics, and artists flooded the Institute’s Aspen campus to discuss the ideas that are changing the planet. Read below for highlights.Vice President Joe Biden and the...
December 23, 2016
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at Spotlight Health 2016.Word has gotten out that Spotlight Health is the health conference to attend. Last summer in Aspen, Colorado, participants, speakers, and experts spent three days discussing the biggest ideas in the most innovative fields. Read, watch, and listen below for some of the highlights.Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on curbing the opioid epidemicOver the past 10 years,...
December 09, 2016
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) speaks at Spotlight Health in 2015. The 21st Century Cures Act passed its final hurdle before becoming law this week. On Wednesday the US Senate approved the legislation that will speed new medicines to market and allocate millions of dollars for disease research.  The legislation is the result of three years of work. At Spotlight Health, two of the bill’s key sponsors — Fred Upton (R-MI)...
November 18, 2016
Rep. Chellie Pingree, former White House chef Sam Kass, and President of the Daily Table Doug Rauch at Spotlight Health 2016.Before you toss out leftovers this Thanksgiving, consider where that food goes. Thirty to forty percent of America’s food supply is wasted each year, with much of it bypassing hungry mouths and instead rotting in landfills where it becomes a potent contributor to global warming. The US...
November 15, 2016
To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and his team study the world’s “Blue Zones,” communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. In this episode, Buettner debunks the most common nutrition myths and offers a science-backed blueprint that outlines how the average American can live another 12 quality years. What are the diet and lifestyle habits that keep...
November 10, 2016
Tom Voss is national veteran liaison for Project Welcome Home Troops. He spoke alongside Jennifer Bloomer at Spotlight Health 2016.In 2004, Tom Voss deployed to Mosul, Iraq to help with Operation Iraqi Freedom. At 19, he was inspired to join the Army by his grandfather who served in WWII. His days in Iraq were filled with combat missions, security patrols, raids, and humanitarian relief operations. When the first...

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