U.S. health care costs are high – over $3 trillion annually and about 18 percent of our GDP.  Estimates suggest that our costs are rising.  Concomitantly, we are entering an era of extreme biomedical promise, where research breakthroughs are translating into unprecedented clinical benefit. Luxturna from Spark therapeutics, for example, remarkably restores vision loss in patients with a specific eye disease.  With amazing innovations, ...

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Following a relatively routine doctor appointment, I received my bill for over $1,000. I rubbed my eyes, hoping to find an overlooked decimal point. I didn’t. My experience is not unique. We have a problem in the U.S. We pay over $3 trillion annually for health care — about 18 percent of our GDP. No other developed nation spends more than Read more...

Born in 1920, Henrietta Lacks lived in Virginia and Maryland, worked as a tobacco farmer, and mothered five children.  At age 31, her life was unfortunately cut short by cervical cancer.  Since her death, she has helped catalyze numerous biomedical discoveries. Upon treatment at Johns Hopkins, Henrietta’s physician obtained a tumor sample.  To his amazement, her cells survived and divided in a petri dish.  Today, her cells are still used in ...

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