AIF Blog - Health

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...
November 08, 2016
Most people think that happiness has four sources: the sensory pleasures, material wealth, romantic relationships, and children. But recent research suggests that much of what people think about happiness is wrong. Daniel Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," hosts this symposium in which experts discuss what science has discovered about each of these sources. The featured speakers are Paul Bloom,...
October 25, 2016
Today, more than 200 known types of cancer exist, and it is the second leading cause of death in the US. In January 2016, President Obama announced a new effort to fight the disease: the Cancer Moonshot. Led by Vice President Joe Biden, the initiative is meant to accelerate research, broaden the number of therapies for patients, and find ways to prevent and detect cancer earlier. In this episode, Biden gets personal...
August 12, 2016
 Americans reportedly waste nearly 40 percent of the food we produce. Still, one in six lives with food insecurity, lacking reliable access to food that’s both affordable and nutritious. How does food scarcity coexist with extreme waste in our society? Can we balance this equation?We asked these questions at the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival in a Deep Dive session titled Fixing Our Broken Food System. The session...
August 04, 2016
Can the Zika virus be contained? On Monday, in what CNN calls an unprecedented move, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised pregnant women and their partners to avoid traveling to areas outside of Miami, where they have attributed 14 cases of Zika to local mosquitos.  So, what does this mean?At Spotlight Health in June,  the CDC’s Anne Schuchat, Anthony Fauci (director of NIAID), and FDA commissioner...
July 26, 2016
Stephen Jones has a question for America: “Why is our bread so damn white?”It’s a question with a host of answers. White flour tastes sweeter. It’s predictable, and easy to work with. It’s efficient. It’s stable. And all of this is reinforced by habit.But Jones, a professor at Washington State University who runs a research program called The Bread Lab, doesn’t find any of those answers satisfying. Instead, he’s...
June 29, 2016
CALEB HARPER is the principal investigator and director of the OPEN AGRICULTURE (OPENAG) INITIATIVE at MIT Media Lab. He spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 29th on a panel called “The Bits and Bytes of Futuristic Farming.” Below, Harper explains how new technology and data is being used to created controlled climates and “digital recipes” to grow healthy food anywhere in the world.Tell us about what inspired...
June 28, 2016
Photo Credit: Jonas Fredwall KarlssonRaney Aronson-Rath is executive producer of “FRONTLINE,” PBS’s flagship investigative journalism series. She spoke at Spotlight Health on June 28th on a panel called "Immersive Storytelling: The Power of Virtual Reality." We caught up with Aronson-Rath and asked her to explain how "FRONTLINE" is adapting to a changing media landscape, and offer advice on mentorship. “FRONTLINE”...

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