President Trump

World Breastfeeding Week is upon us which means it is that time of year for the release of the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF-led Global Breastfeeding Collective’s report and scorecard. Unfortunately, this missed opportunity merely shows how nothing has changed. Just like last year, no country in the world has met their idealized metrics for universal breastfeeding and the lack of implementation of their at all costs breastfeeding campaigns speaks to the fact they do not work...

In a statement just released by the office of the First Lady, Melania Trump is recovering well at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after undergoing a “successful” embolization procedure today without complications for a “benign kidney condition.” Mrs. Trump will remain in the hospital this week. She is expected to make a “full recovery.”

If a kidney condition is benign, then why intervene?

There are a number of benign kidney conditions ranging from cysts to tumors. For instance, angiomyolipomas are a common benign tumor in this location. These are composed of blood vessel (“angio-”), smooth muscle (“myo-”) and fat (“lip...

Dr. Oz is a fraud who ought to be fired from Columbia University and have his medical license revoked. Instead, he'll be headed to the White House.

In a press release, the Trump Administration announced its plan to appoint America's Quack to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. This is an abomination to the biomedical science community.

It is impossible to overstate how ridiculously inept this decision is. Founded in 1956 by President Eisenhower, the Council is largely symbolic. Members...

With the weaponizing of presidential health taking center stage throughout the election and beyond, culminating in the most transparent press conference ever regarding the subject (see here), the spotlight was placed on President Trump’s White House physician Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson’s conclusions over a routine physical. Yes, that’s important, but what was revealed of equal to greater importance was just how integrally involved Dr. Jackson is in the daily life of a president. 

Being the first physician to serve three administrations AND be the appointed Physician to the President for two presidents (currently President Trump and formerly President Obama) speaks volumes...

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders recently revealed President Donald Trump will undergo his first physical examination at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (see video) on January 12th, affirming the results will be released to the public.

Questions surrounding his and former presidential candidate Secretary Hillary Clinton’s health plagued the political landscape throughout the election. The politicization of this aspect of those running and the subsequent inflammatory dialogue...

Dear Hollywood:

Recently, a video of actor and musician Jack Black visiting children admitted to Children's Hospital Los Angeles was viewed by over a million people, even though it was not even on YouTube. It went viral for a reason that gets lost on a lot of publicists, who instead want their clients (you) to be endorsing the right groups, the right political causes, the right things for your brands.

Black instead just showed he cares about sick kids and wanted to Make March Matter, the name of the CHLA outreach campaign. It was a local initiative, it shouldn't have been popular all...

On November 8, I published an article titled, "Whoever Wins On Election Day 2016, American Science Is Still #1 In The World." That is every bit as true now as it was then.

Mr. Trump promised to be a different kind of president. So, nobody should be surprised that he is living up to his campaign pledges. However, his budget proposal for 2018 should raise some serious concerns. Cutting science funding, particularly that of the NIH, is not aligned with his goal to "Make America Great Again."

How Bad Are the Proposed Cuts?

In many ways, Mr. Trump's goal of reducing the size and scope of the federal bureaucracy is...

In Did Pompe Disease Get a New Champion in President Trump?, I discussed the significance such a spotlight as a presidential address in front of Congress and the world can have on so rare a disease. Despite the fact these types of “Orphan Diseases” individually impact small populations, collectively they affect 25 million Americans. 

Now, we will dive into why they are so important to understand, raise awareness about and divest resources for in order to advance therapeutic and potentially curative research.

Inborn Errors of Metabolism reflect a host of rare, genetic disorders that can be devastating, fatal and, in certain instances, if not swiftly detected in...

The squeaky wheel often gets the grease but sometimes wheels get an impassioned champion - and that is just as good. That may have happened with Pompe disease when President Trump, addressing a joint session of Congress, highlighted the presence of 20-year old Notre Dame sophomore Megan Crowley, who is afflicted with it.

Pompe disease results from mutations in the GAA gene which result in the inability of the body to break down the complex sugar called glycogen. That resulting buildup, especially in muscles, prevents them from functioning normally.

It's an inherited disease and relatively rare. According to the National Institutes of Health, Pompe disease affects about 1 in 40,000...

A potentially heartwarming development has occurred in recent days. A grassroots movement supporting a "Science March" has amassed a gigantic following on social media, which in turn has resulted in substantial mainstream media coverage. The website, which is still in development, says that "anyone who values empirical science" can participate. Good.

Unfortunately, some of the other statements have sent mixed messages. Consider this:

I agree 100% with every sentence. So, what's the problem?

The problem is that this message is aimed at one particular side of the political...