2016 Presidential Science, Tech, Health, and Environmental Forum

What are the top science, tech, health, and environmental questions the candidates for president should answer?

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C) Provide more detail in a 2-part format:
1) Declarative statement (1-2 sentences max) describing the situation and context, followed by
2) Question (1 sentence) asking what they will do about it if elected.

FOLLOW THIS EXAMPLE FROM 2012:
What priority will you give to funding scientific research?
Federally funded research has helped to produce America’s major postwar economies and to ensure our national security, but today the UK, Singapore, China, and Korea are making competitive investments in research. Given that the next Congress will face spending constraints, what priority would you give to investment in research in your upcoming budgets?

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  1. Is gun violence a public health issue in your mind?

    For some Americans it is easier to buy a gun than healthy food. In terms of incidence, there have been more Americans killed by guns than 9-11 and the two wars combined. Yet the gun lobby has forbidden physicians from studying what happens that lead to intentional and accidental death by firearms. Keeping the primary care providers muted is putting American lives at risk. What would you do to stop this?

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    • Does your platform include protection for scientific research involving stem cells ?

      Stem cell research offers the best chances we currently have for meaningful progress towards the eradication of many of humanity's most dangerous diseases, but there has been pushback from some religious circles who are concerned that such research violates their beliefs.

      Would your administration be willing to afford protection to the scientific institutions who conduct this vital medical research?

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      • We lack control over the selling of "alternative" medicines and supplements. What would you do about that?

        So-called "Alternative Medicine" kills and injures many Americans every year and yet there is no control over these scammers. Even cures for cancer are touted. Should alternative medicine be held to science based standards by the FDA like other invested substances are?

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        • What will you do to keep the price of medicines affordable for all?

          How can we assure the American people that pharmaceutical companies will keep the good of the people as their primary goal, rather than their profits. We have before us the terrible example of the man who purchased a company which was charging a reasonable amount for its product and then immediately raised the price to over $1000 per dose!

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          • What will you do to protect medical researchers and their families?

            The use of animals in scientific research has advanced medical knowledge and the health of animals and humans alike. Unfortunately, a group of animal activists are intent on stopping all animal research, with some animal rights extremists attacking our scientists at their homes using firebombs, death threats, and terrorizing their children and families. If elected president, what would you do to advance American leadership in medical research and increase the protection of our scientists and their families?

            16 votes
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            • The beginning of human life

              With abortion on the front burner, when does human life actually begin? And when does the fetus/baby actually begin to acquire human rights?

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              • How will you help the 300,000 per year new Lyme disease victims obtain appropriate medications?

                Current CDC-linked guidelines to an organization (IDSA) recommending inadequate treatment are used by insurance companies to deny proven, effective medications to fight this aggressive and progressive neurological disease. Doctors are being sued by insurance companies while patients suffer from lack of appropriate and aggressive medicinal regimens. Lyme disease is by far the largest vector-born disease in the United States, and because of global warming, the infected ticks' areas of appearance are widening significantly. Even more people will become sick from this debilitating illness. This issue affects both the economy and the health of this nation.

                10 votes
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                • 8 votes
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                  • How will you support the moonshot to fight cancer?

                    After all, cancer accounts for one in every four deaths in the world. It Cancer will claim not just some 600,000 Americans this year, but over eight million people around the globe. And lung cancer is by far the deadliest, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting roughly 1.6 million lives lost in 2012 - more than double the victims claimed by the number two killer, liver cancer. The 2016 initiative has made progress, but needs to continue.

                    6 votes
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                    • What measures should be taken to solve the public health problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics

                      Drug Companies are not developing new antibiotics because it isn't profitable for their business, yet bacterial resistance to antibiotics will create a public health disaster in the future. We need substation federal government funding for research and development of new antibiotics to combat infections and diseases cured by currently existing antibiotics! What would you do about this?

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                      • How are you going to change criminal law so it is consistent with modern brain science?

                        Brain circuity causes thought, feeling and behavior prior to awareness. Thus, blaming individuals for their behavior is the wrong approach.

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                        • What will you do to reform FDA policy to speed cures for 30 million Americans who have incurable disease?

                          Secretary Clinton & Mr. Trump have both remained silent with regard to FDA reforms which nearly 400 members of the current Congress back in order to speed the necessary approvals of medical treatments that have been available in Europe, Canada and Japan for a decade or more. As President, what would you do to speed the approval of both the 21st Century Cures and Right to Try Initiatives that most Americans appear to agree with?

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                          • How can federal agencies promote health literacy among the general public

                            Public libraries might be a great place for the public to learn "how" to search for health information and evaluate sources. Would you support the National Library of Medicine reaching out to help local libraries teach "literacy" around health ideas?

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