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health | Oct 6th, 2013

Atlantic Meets Pacific 2013: A Global Health Lecture By Laurie Garrett

"Some people fly into tornadoes, Laurie flies into epidemics." That's what the host of The Atlantic Meets the Pacific 2013 conference said of Laurie Garrett, one of America's most trusted speakers on public health, infectious disease, and prevention. Titled "Global Health and Global Threats,"... Continue Reading →
health | Aug 20th, 2013

Break The Junk Food Cycle: A New Keynote From Bryant Terry [VIDEO]

"One million dollars is spent every hour encouraging children to eat and drink the worst beverages and the worst food," health speaker Bryant Terry tells the crowd in a new keynote. "We're talking foods and drinks that are high in salt, high in sugar, high in fat and low in desirable nutrients that... Continue Reading →
health | Jul 15th, 2013

The Rise & Fall of Mainstreamed Asperger's: John Elder Robison in Vulture

John Elder Robison lived with Asperger's Syndrome before people knew what to make of it. Now—just as the disorder has become more widely known and understood—the American Psychiatric Association has rendered it non-existent. This makes Robison's Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's... Continue Reading →
health | Jul 14th, 2013

Laurie Garrett: A Biology Revolution Could Save Lives—And Threaten Them

Imagine a world where the average person can send a deadly virus through an email, then print it out using a 3D printer. In her new video, Laurie Garrett explains that a burgeoning revolution in biology has propelled this scenario from science fiction into reality. The combination of synthetic... Continue Reading →
health | Jun 26th, 2013

GBCHealth Conference 2013: Laurie Garrett On Funding Disease Prevention

Renowned global health speaker Laurie Garrett recently took part in the GBCHealth Conference 2013. In a breakout panel, Garrett lead a discussion on the future of The Global Fund. The Fund, she explained, is the world's largest financier of the treatment of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in more... Continue Reading →
health | Jun 24th, 2013

Aging In America: Bioethicist Arthur Caplan On End-Of-Life Care

How do we curb out-of-control health care spending? Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist and prominent health speaker, puts forward a tongue-in-cheek solution to this problem. At a symposium in New York, he suggested that we suspend funding for new medical research. This thought-experiment was designed to... Continue Reading →
health | Jun 23rd, 2013

Can Coffee Stunt Creativity? Maria Konnikova In The New Yorker

Maria Konnikova's recent New Yorker article may have some avid coffee-drinkers switching to decaf. Studies show that consuming caffeine certainly has benefits, including: Increased alertness, decreased fatigue, enhanced short-term memory, problem solving, decision making, and concentration. However,... Continue Reading →
health | Jun 9th, 2013

Who Decides? Arthur Caplan On The Bioethics Of Transplant Prioritization

Advancements in medical science make it possible to save and prolong lives through transplants. Sadly, as bioethicist Arthur Caplan points out, there aren't nearly enough organs to go around. The recent case of Sarah Murnaghan, who has end-stage cystic fibrosis, sparked debate in the medical... Continue Reading →
health | Jun 5th, 2013

The Wheat Came Back: Laurie Garrett On Genetically Modified Crops

The media is abuzz with the news of an Oregon farmer who found a strand of genetically engineered wheat growing among his crops. Health speaker Laurie Garrett stopped by The Colbert Report this week to discuss the implications of this strange strand of Monsanto wheat. The crop was never approved for... Continue Reading →
health | May 29th, 2013

Jeffrey Simpson: Medicare Is In Trouble. Is Privatization The Answer?

In Jeffrey Simpson's Donner Prize-winning book Chronic Condition, he explains that the supply side of health care could benefit from creating competition between private buyers. The health speaker recently appeared on CBC Radio's The Sunday Edition to discuss the idea of privatization in health care... Continue Reading →
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