AIF Blog - Health

March 29, 2016
 The “Aspen Ideas to Go” podcast is a weekly show featuring fascinating speakers who have presented at the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public programs offered by the Aspen Institute — including Aspen Words, the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series, and various events around the country. For a curated listening experience, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or listen to each...
March 24, 2016
US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy speaks at Spotlight Health 2015 about the value of physical activity.The United States faces real challenges when it comes to physical activity. Less than half of adults get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week, and only a quarter of kids get 60 minutes of activity per day.In a 2015 Spotlight Health discussion called The Key to Population Health: Physical Literacy, Vivek...
March 11, 2016
 UPDATE: California's End of Life Option Act will go into effect June 9, 2016. The legislation that allows terminally ill people to access life-ending medication was first signed into law in October. The date regarding when people can start using it was announced in March. California is the fifth state to allow an end of life choice. The blog below was first published in September 2015. When California...
March 08, 2016
Paula Johnson speaks with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at Spotlight Health 2015Today marks International Women’s Day, where women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements are celebrated. Even with many accomplishments, more progress for women is badly needed in areas grappling with violence against women.Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, undersecretary general for the UN and executive director of UN...
February 25, 2016
 Average life expectancy in the developed world is on a fast track to reaching 100 years old, but more and more older people are living in societies that have been built around youth. At the Spotlight Health portion of the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival, Laura Carstensen, founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, explained the current longevity phenomenon, and discussed how we can restructure our culture to...
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...

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