Volunteer advocates traveled to Washington, D.C. on September 9 for a briefing hosted by the White House in partnership with the American Heart Association. Part of the White House’s event series, “Making Health Care Better,” this forum exclusively focused on cardiovascular health. The half day event brought together nearly 200 American Heart Association volunteers and staff from across the country, as well as participants from partner groups.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the VisuMax Femtosecond Laser for the small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) procedure to reduce or eliminate nearsightedness in certain patients 22 years of age or older.

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) will present “Advancing Science, Improving Lives: A Window to the Future.” This scientific symposium will feature distinguished scientific speakers and include panel discussions on the science of sleep and precision health.

"Imagine a world where incurable diseases can in fact be cured. Where failing hearts can be strengthened without surgical transplant or donor organs.  ... Science has long known that the human body responds to injury and disease by attempting to heal itself. Regenerative medicine accelerates this natural healing process by harnessing advances in biology, immunnology and other sciences to restore health and function to damaged tissues and organs."

In the developing world, anemia - a blood condition exacerbated by malnutrition or parasitic disease - is a staggeringly common health problem that often goes undiagnosed.

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) announce a new Researcher and Clinician Challenge to identify or suggest critical but unanswered questions facing cardiovascular patients, caregivers and their healthcare providers that should be addressed through additional research.