Policy

Congress Must Protect DoD Medical Research Funding

September 26, 2017 | Categories: News, Policy, Research

Since 1992, the Department of Defense Congressionally-Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) has transformed healthcare for service members and the American public through innovative and impactful biomedical research. As of 2017, Congress has, on a bipartisan basis, provided the CDMRP with $11.9 billion in funding to support high impact, high risk, and high gain projects that other agencies and private investors may be unwilling to fund.

Indoor Tanning Association Ends Operations

August 2, 2017 | Categories: News, Policy, Prevention

Statement from the Melanoma Research Foundation

Take Action: Students Need Sunscreen at School

April 19, 2017 | Categories: News, Policy, Prevention

Yesterday, both the Today Show and NBC Nightly News broadcast stories about a disturbing prohibition of sunscreen in schools and the difficulty many parents have in ensuring their child is sun safe during the school day. 

Take Action: Stop the NIH Budget Cuts

March 21, 2017 | Categories: News, Policy, Research

The newly proposed federal budget would cut $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget in fiscal year (FY) 2018, which would be a crippling blow to the scientific community.

Buying Cancer with Influence

October 4, 2012 | Categories: Policy

We are in the middle of another election cycle and much of the conversation is on how much money is being spent on campaigns.  In this context, a recent blog by Leif Vasström, President of the Indoor Tanning Association (ITA), is particularly intriguing.

Looking back over his first year as President, this leader of the trade association for tanning salons claims tremendous victories.  Vasström notes:

Fighting Dirty

February 8, 2012 | Categories: Events, News, Policy, Prevention, Research

I read the report from Congress’ House Energy and Commerce Committee with great interest.  They used interns to call 300 tanning salons—at least 3 in each state and the District of Columbia—and asked salon staff questions about tanning safety.  Presenting themselves as a 16 year old girl with blond hair and fair skin, they asked if tanning was dangerous and how much they could tan.

Public Servants

December 6, 2011 | Categories: Policy

 

Newscasters tell us that the approval rating for the US Congress is at an all-time low—under 10%.  We hear a lot about a “do-nothing” Congress, and have become jaded about the commitment and dedication of these, often, career politicians.