Policy, Advocacy, News - 8/9/2013

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Photo of researchersNIH Funding Strengthens the Economy
A new United for Medical Research report has found that funding for the National Institutes of Health helps fuel private sector growth and innovation and strengthens the economy. Learn more.

Affordable Care Act Question of the Week
Medicaid expansion? What does that mean for my state? Learn more.

Postdoctorate Advocacy Prize – Nominations Due August 15
Nominations are now open for the $10,000 prize awarded to a postdoctoral Parkinson’s disease researcher in the U.S. who has excelled in biomedical research advocacy and community outreach. Learn more.


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Ask Congress to Remove Medicare Therapy Caps
Please contact your Members of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act of 2013 (H.R. 713/S. 367).

Connect with Your Elected Officials this August
Schedule meetings and reach out to your Members of Congress on social media this August while they are in their home states and districts. Summer Recess starts tomorrow and runs through September 8.


In The News

Alzheimer's And Parkinson's: Is There A Genetic Overlap?
Huffington Post | August 5, 2013
For years, scientists have wondered about a possible link between Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, either in terms of genetics or environmental factors. More…

Dave Parker says he has Parkinson's
ESPN | August 6, 2013
Pittsburgh Pirates great Dave Parker told a newspaper that he is battling Parkinson's disease. More…

A Common Mutation (LRRK2) Behind Parkinson's Disease May Have Other Side-Effects
The Jewish Daily Forward | August 06, 2013
Recycling for the health of our planet is well understood. But recycling to keep our bodies going? More…

Looming shutdown would slow service, scare markets
Dayton Daily News | August 5, 2013
The last time the federal government shut down back in 1995, it sent home more than 800,000 employees, could not process 200,000 passport applications, sent away new patients from the National Institutes of Health and disappointed seven million visitors when national parks and monuments were closed. More…

Decision Casts Doubt on Brain Scans for Alzheimer’s
New York Times | August 1, 2013
For all the hue and cry about detecting the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has concluded that amyloid brain scans for the purpose of diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease are not ready for prime time. More…