AIF Blog - Health

June 24, 2014
Medical schools and teaching hospitals play a unique role in the nation’s health. Nowhere else do physicians and scientists teach the next generation of health professionals while conducting groundbreaking research that bring the latest treatments, technologies, and life-saving care directly to patients in clinical settings. These institutions provide over one-fifth of all health care and a disproportionate level of...
June 24, 2014
The intersection between technology and medicine presents great opportunities to improve the human condition. But how can we be true innovators in medical technology? How can we continually narrow the gap between what we want to do for patients, and what we can do for them?We might be deceiving ourselves if we think developing new technologies will help achieve our goals. The reality is that it is relatively...
June 21, 2014
We rushed into a nondescript building, seeking shelter from the relentless deluge of Malawi’s rainy season. A roomful of women stared back at us—19 on that day, but the number had been known to double. At nine months pregnant, these brave women had walked hours from their villages in order to be closer to critical care, should they need it during labor. In this case, that care was a low-tech clinic, just a stone’s...
May 29, 2014
In anticipation of Spotlight: Health, a focused expansion of the Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen Public Radio has created a series exploring key health issues with a handful of experts who will be speaking at the event. From the rigors of kids' sports to Alzheimer's to treating addiction, and more, follow the links below to listen to previews of what's to come.The Healing Powers of BloodAre Kids Overdoing It in Sports?...
June 30, 2013
Yesterday, a crowd of more than 2,100 filled the Benedict Music Tent to see a lineup of dynamic speakers, and witness a few surprises. Spanning topics from China to Twitter to the human genome to life as a Supreme Court Justice, Henry M. Paulson, Elena Kagan, Eric Lander, Henry Paulson, Eric Cantor, Dick Costolo, and Katie Couric and others, took the stage. The packed house was dazzled by a flash mob musical...
April 22, 2013
This month marks the 10th anniversary of the sequencing of the human genome and every day, biomedical scientists are working to usher in a new era of genomic medicine based on the insights we now have, said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, at a recent Aspen Ideas Festival event in New York City."Biomedical researchers are identifying more and more ways to...
September 06, 2012
(Bill Clinton speaking at the 2011 Aspen Ideas Festival) During his DNC speech this week, Bill Clinton gave a detailed defense of the Affordable Care Act's cuts to Medicaid and contrasted Obama's plan with Romney-Ryan's plan. (Read Washington Post's analysis about Clinton's defense.)During Aspen Ideas, several panels discussed the ACA as well as the Supreme Court's decision to uphold it. Here, economist Tyler Cowen...
July 01, 2012
Guest Blogger: Martin GaynorMartin Gaynor is the E.J. Barone Professor of Economics and Health Policy at the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University and chair of the governing board of the Health Care Cost Institute, an independent nonprofit dedicated to advancing knowledge about the determinants of US health care costs.Last week's landmark Supreme Court decision was extremely important for the future of the...
June 29, 2012
Festival goers packed Paepcke Auditorium to watch an impromptu panel discussion of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 landmark decision upholding the constitutionality of the 2010 health care law, specifically the individual mandate.CNN's Suzanne Malveaux moderated the discussion between David Brooks, Joe Klein, Tom Daschle, and Vin Weber.Watch the full session here. Scroll down to see a variety of quotes from rousing session...
June 07, 2012
News broke today of a massive lawsuit filed in federal court against the NFL for concussion-related injuries. According to the Associated Press, more than 80 complaints have been consolidated by lawyers into one "master complaint." The plaintiffs hope to hold the NFL responsible for care related to neurological disorders caused blows during football play and practice."Let's face it and be honest, I feel like the NFL...

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