AIF Blog - Health

April 03, 2018
Liz Dozier and Corey Brooks sit on a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival focused on violence in Chicago.In rallies from coast to coast, students across the United States are calling for tighter gun control. The deadly Parkland, Florida shooting resurfaced the conversation but the issue of gun violence is all too familiar for people in Chicago. For residents in certain neighborhoods, shootings are frustratingly...
March 08, 2018
Presenters left to right, top row: Vanessa Mason, Ted Koppel, Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, Atul Gawande, Karen DeSalvo, Mark Smolinski Presenters left to right, bottom row: Larry Smarr, Kwanele Asante, Gary Reedy, Jerome Adams, Tollulah Oni, Larry MerloIt’s a busy time behind the scenes of Spotlight Health. Each day, we hear from the world’s most inspiring and knowledgeable leaders in health, medicine, and science,...
February 21, 2018
 In her lengthy career in broadcasting, Pat Mitchell says that two topics were never reported on because of their sheer divisiveness: abortion and peace in the Middle East. Recounting that anecdote at a panel on reproductive health she moderated at Spotlight Health 2017, the veteran media executive, formerly of PBS and CNN (among others), asked her fellow panelists how they approach the touchy subject of...
January 10, 2018
 Charles Duhigg, author of "The Power of Habit," speaks to an audience at the Aspen Ideas Festival. When you wake up in the morning, do you roll over in bed to kiss your partner? Or, do you grab your smartphone?  “How many of you checked your iPhone within the first five minutes of waking up?,” New York Times columnist Charles Duhigg asked an audience at the Aspen Ideas Festival...
January 02, 2018
David Brooks speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival about how life's mountains and valleys shape who we are.What if you examined your life in the context of all of its stages? The annunciation and initiation phases in your youth and young adulthood are full of discovery and learning. Then, the odyssey years in your twenties bring wandering and loneliness and lead to a commitment-making phase in your thirties. David...
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...

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