Gingrich’s lat­est brain­child

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The re­cent call for an ex­panded fed­eral role in health­care by Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Newt Gingrich may not be as sur­pris­ing as it sounds.

He re­cently called for the cre­ation of a “brain science in­sti­tute” to re­search and dis­sem­i­nate treat­ment in­no­va­tions. Gingrich un­veiled the ini­tia­tive, which would cre­ate pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ships to fund brain re­search and trans­late it into treat­ments for dis­eases such as Alzheimer’s, dur­ing an in­ter­view last week posted on his cam­paign web­site.

The new in­sti­tute is one part of Gingrich’s new three-pronged health­care ini­tia­tive, which also calls for the use of elec­tronic health records in clin­i­cal stud­ies and chang­ing the tax struc­ture to en­cour­age med­i­cal in­no­va­tors.

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