It is beginning to be known that malignant cells interact with neighboring cells and the course of their malignancy is directed by those cells. It is also known that transplanted stem cells interact with nearby cells and acquire direction of maturation and cell type from those cells. In my experience in unpublished work, the nature of the materials that leukocytes and monocytes have encountered during their apheresis ...more »
RASopathies is one of a group of syndromes that include heart, lung and blood issues, but these are not all the concerns. Recognizing that these organs are part of a functional network (called the human body), partnering with other Institutes could help expedite knowledge of these systems. Leveraging small pockets of funds through mechanisms such as R13 grants where the primary institution is not NHLBI is an inexpensive ...more »
What steps can the research community take to facilitate the translation of discovery science into proof of concepts in preclinical models and in humans for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment? • Current regulatory environment • Lack of communication between discovery and clinical research worlds • Lack of training • Getting industry, academia, and NHLBI to partner; and the business model to make it happen. • Limited ...more »
It is essential that people with asthma and allergies have access to affordable, quality healthcare for the treatment and management of asthma and allergies, and that research is funded to address prevention, screening, and lifestyle interventions to reduce the incidence and adverse effects of asthma and allergies. These conditions impose significant costs on the overall health care system and on patients and their families. ...more »
Considering the fact that Blacks bear a disproportionate degree of asthma morbidity and mortality, should treatment recommendations be different for Blacks vs. Caucasians?
Attitudes to Mistakes. Changing prescription and protocol philosophy. As an older patient, I am 89, I have one thing many others do not have, experience. As an engineer with much experience in manufacturing industry I have seen great recent changes in manufacturing sociology. Now, even top management comes to listen to “the Gemba” (the shop floor) and what could be regarded as mistakes are seen as opportunities to improve ...more »
The NCATS program for drug repurposing is currently only open to drugs submitted by industry (read, big Pharma). We have had the experience of working to repurpose a generic drug not on their list, and despite great Preliminary data, we could not. This program is a great idea, but needs to be opened to any company and any drug for which solid data backing efficacy and market can be applied. Why do we only want to enhance ...more »
What are the benefits to the US in funding global health research in low-to-middle-income countries?
There is too little research funding addressing cardiovascular dysfunction in geriatric trauma patients. There have been little interest in funding this work. Yet, the geriatric population is growing. Geriatric trauma patients are predominantly women. Historically, the trauma societies provide guidance for diagnosis and treatment of severe trauma. However, "trauma guidance" historically was the same for children, ...more »
No physician or hospital has an active data management system at point of care. coding is done by third parties and not the diagnosing physician. The Test with MED-O-CARD shows that an integrated Diagnostic/Medication Algorithm allows a patient and his physicians to run and view instant data analytic. This system can be expanded scientifically without pushing the patient again aside. Patient inclusion will increase quality ...more »