Nearly three years into his administration, President Trump has reestablished the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Policy (PCAST), which advises the White House on policy issues related to science, technology and innovation. However, the first round of appointments raises serious questions about the council. Continue Reading
Despite internal changes in how scientists are nominated for the Nobel Prize, there is still a substantial gender bias in prize recipients. Concrete policy changes are needed to ensure more diversity is reflected in the world’s most visible and prestigious scientific honor. Continue Reading
While the U.S. still maintains the overall lead in Nobel prizes (with the exception of literature), the rate at which American scientists have been awarded the prize has declined since the late 1970s. Continue Reading
Increasing vaccination rates throughout the state will help prevent future outbreaks of preventable diseases, which require millions of dollars for emergency response measures and compromise public and personal health. Reforming school-entry vaccination exemption policies will maximize public health benefits, cut health care costs and uphold personal liberties through increased informed consent. Continue Reading
We are building a strong evidence base that neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are now widespread among the poorest people living in the United States. NTDs are unique poverty-related infections that cause long-term and debilitating effects. While they don’t command the… Continue Reading
Educating children about neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) through interactive role-play activities is an effective way to raise awareness about NTDs, encourage early detection and treatment for these diseases, and decrease transmission. NTDs are a group of diseases that severely affect the world’s “bottom billion.” Approximately one billion people are currently infected with one or more NTDs, while another billion are at direct risk of becoming infected.
I was telling a friend about the Africans affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and how these diseases perpetuate poverty. She was convinced of their global importance. But apparently, my speech did not stir her until I told her the scabies she just recovered from was one of the NTDs. This is a clear example showing that the collective term “NTDs” might be confusing. The term might seem even more removed from Americans who do not live in the poorest neighborhoods and have never contracted any of the NTDs; such people are mostly unaware of the pain and suffering caused by NTDs, despite their far-reaching socioeconomic significance for the affected population and America as a whole.