AIF Blog - Health

November 14, 2017
Katie Hafner, Carla Perissinotto, Dixon Chibanda, and Julianne Holt-Lunstad speak at Spotlight Health in June.Health care workers across the United States are growing increasingly concerned about loneliness and social isolation. More people are reporting that they're lonely, and scientists now know the regions of the brain that respond to loneliness. Loneliness can have serious effects. Older adults face a...
November 02, 2017
 Daniel Kraft and Deborah DiSanzo speak at Spotlight Health in June. Can artificial intelligence (AI) revolutionize medicine and ultimately replace doctors?  Now more than ever, doctors are relying heavily on machine-learning technologies like IBM Watson to mine repositories of health data, recognize trends, and respond with potential treatments. Deborah DiSanzo, global general manager for...
September 19, 2017
Jon Solomon of the Aspen Institute speaks with writer Karen Crouse at the Project Play Summit in September.The tiny town of Norwich, Vermont, has likely produced more Olympians per capita than anywhere else in the United States. Over the past thirty years, the town of 3,000 has sent an athlete to almost every Winter Olympics. New York Times sports writer Karen Crouse traveled to Norwich to discover the town’s...
August 22, 2017
 Walter Isaacson speaks with Berkeley biologist Jennifer Doudna at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2017. CRISPR is the cheapest, simplest, and most effective way of manipulating DNA. It has the power to give us the cure to HIV, genetic diseases, and some cancers. It could even help address the world’s hunger crisis. But, it may result in unforeseen consequences. The technology could lead to...
August 11, 2017
Jackie Judd, Yasmin Hurd, Nora Volkow, Vivek Murthy, and Perri Peltz speak onstage at Spotlight Health, the opening segment of the Aspen Ideas Festival.It’s been called the most perilous drug crisis ever and it was generated in the healthcare system. The epicenter of the opioid crisis is the United States, where overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999. President Trump has pledged to step up law enforcement...
July 25, 2017
Tom Price, US Health and Human Services Secretary, speaks at the closing session of Spotlight Health 2017, in late June.After many setbacks, a possible vote to overhaul of the Affordable Care Act is back on the table. President Trump is urging Senators to pass a bill that repeals and replaces the ACA. In today’s show, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price talks about the efforts in Washington, and what...
June 29, 2017
Ronald Klain was White House Ebola Response Coordinator from 2014 to 2015, and currently serves as an External Advisor to the Skoll Global Threats Fund. This post has been updated and adopted from the author’s piece, Confronting the Pandemic Threat, published in Democracy Journal (No. 40, Spring 2016). He will be speaking about global conflicts at the Aspen Ideas Festival.MERS in 2012. Ebola in 2014. Zika in 2015....
June 27, 2017
By Emma Green, The AtlanticIn the future, when a couple wants to reproduce, “they will not make a baby in a bed or in the backseat or a car, or under a ‘Keep Off the Grass’ sign,” says Henry Greely, the director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford Law School.Instead, they will go to a clinic. Using stem cells from the couple’s skin or other non-reproductive organs, scientists will be able to make...
June 25, 2017
David K. Gibson is here to guide readers through the experience of attending the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health.This is a passionate crowdThe people walking through the Aspen Meadows campus this week have dedicated their lives to healing, to preventing disease, to the betterment of humanity. You can hear that passion in the questions they ask in sessions and in the conversations in the hallways.But...
June 24, 2017
By Julie Beck, The AtlanticI am in the mountains and they are healing me. It is like the miracle pool at Lourdes except it’s not a miracle and we’re not at Lourdes. We’re at Maroon Bells, which depending on which website you ask, are the most photographed mountains in Aspen, in Colorado, or in North America. I photograph them some more, to help them hold onto their title.The mountains, and their attendant plant life...

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