AIF Blog - Health

January 28, 2016
 Innovations are often explored at the Aspen Ideas Festival, and at the 2015 Spotlight Health segment of the event, medical experts told an audience about one of the more promising and exciting advances in disease treatment to come along in decades. Neurosurgeon Kevin Tracey, a pioneer in the emerging field of bioelectronic medicine, explained how using the body’s own nervous system could revolutionize disease...
January 07, 2016
 Having a medical app on your smartphone is not just a cute gadget anymore, according to Scripps cardiologist Eric Topol — it’s part of a revolution: the democratization of medicine. Topol spoke with Aspen Idea and Atlantic editor Corby Kummer during the Spotlight Health portion of the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival, demonstrating and discussing some of the best recent medical advances in smartphone technology. Now that...
November 30, 2015
 With growing urgency and a lot of bottom-up action around the world, a solid and effective global agreement is needed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, which opened today, to keep the momentum going, and to achieve the necessary goals to slow global warming. That’s according to two experts who spoke at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival, in a session called When Systems Collide: Health, People, and the...
October 08, 2015
The future of well-being is a radical one, according to a panel at the 2015 Spotlight Health. It’s one in which individuals are empowered with the knowledge on how to attain their own personal well-being, one in which free information and mobile technology democratizes well-being, even one in which people have the tools to shape their genes in order to prevent or cure diseases. Deepak Chopra, a medical doctor and...
August 19, 2015
“About 50 percent of antibiotics that are consumed are consumed inappropriately,” said Ramanan Laxminarayan during a discussion at the Spotlight Health session of the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival on the current problems surrounding antibiotic use. The panel, which also featured former US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director and...
July 22, 2015
 The recent Ebola outbreak brought infectious diseases back into the forefront of the public consciousness. However, in many parts of the world, infectious diseases are a constant threat to communities and cities. A panel of experts discussed the realities and hype around disease during Spotlight Health 2015.The group began the talk by providing basic definitions concerning disease. Anthony Fauci, director and chief...
July 02, 2015
By Jordan Alam, Guest BloggerI was having trouble writing about healing work and ritual. Though I practice these things personally and in my work context, I felt overwhelmed by how much I had to say about it. And you know what they say: when you can do anything, you tend to do nothing. So I have organized this piece in the form of questions that I’ve gotten from others or that have been on my mind when I talk about...
June 30, 2015
Sam Kean is a journalist and New York Times best-selling author. We caught up with Kean, an upcoming presenter at the Aspen Ideas Festival, to learn more about the findings in his new book on the brain, “The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons.”He'll be speaking at the Festival about his latest book on July 1st and joining a panel entitled “Gray Matter: This is Your Brain after 50” on July 2nd. Aspen Idea: You tackled...
June 28, 2015
Today marks the closing day of Spotlight Health at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival. Below, actress, humanitarian, and Population Services International (PSI) Global Ambassador Ashley Judd explains how the negative effects of gender-based violence spread far beyond female survivors. It was pouring rain as my feet sank in the soppy clay on a dark road. A narrow and cracked sidewalk was lined with makeshift blue tents...
June 26, 2015
Aspen Ideas: Offstage features fascinating people sharing perspectives on the most pressing global issues of the day.Ruth Katz is director of the Aspen Institute Health, Medicine, and Society Program. As a congressional legal advisor she was instrumental in developing the Affordable Care Act. Reacting to the US Supreme Court’s latest ruling on the health care law, Katz offers an inside view of the ruling’s impact on...

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