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Alexandra J. Lansky

At the Heart of the Matter: Women Need Better Testing Options

Alexandra J. Lansky | July 31, 2015 | Health News
We need to be more informed so that we can weigh the potential costs, risks and complications of heart test in women to determine what is best. Some of the risks include radiation exposure, dye reactions and vascular injury. Let's put that into context. One nuclear stress test, one of the most common heart tests, is equivalent to radiation exposure of 39 mammograms and up to 1,000 chest X-rays. In case you are wondering, this is a big deal.
Anthony D. Romero

Rand Paul, Libertarian?

Anthony D. Romero | July 31, 2015 | Politics
Sen. Rand Paul has made safeguarding civil liberties a cornerstone of his presidential campaign, and he hasn't been afraid to take on his own party in that fight. But when it comes to the question of abortion, Rand Paul believes government should be making our most intimate decisions for us.
Society for Women's Health Research

Spreading the Word, From One Heart to Another

Society for Women's Health Research | July 30, 2015 | Healthy Living
When plaque blocks more than 50 percent of an artery, it is considered obstructive coronary artery disease. Since a woman's risk of CAD increases with her age, it's crucial to understand the symptoms - and know that they may differ from symptoms shown in men.
Valerie Jarrett

2020 Vision: Our Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Valerie Jarrett | July 30, 2015 | Gay Voices
The Updated Strategy will enable our nation to become a place where new HIV infections are rare, and where every affected person will have access to life-extending care, regardless of their circumstances.
Rose George

Open Defecation in India Leads to Rape and Disease. Now, Women Are Demanding Toilets.

Rose George | July 30, 2015 | World
Brides will refuse to marry into families that don't have a toilet. It's a movement nicknamed "No loo, No I do."
Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, MD, MPH

Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer

Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, MD, MPH | July 29, 2015 | Healthy Living
Screening tests may not be appropriate for women of average risk but, for those in the high-risk category, it is important to consult with health care experts familiar with the most current screening standards.
Mount Sinai Health System

The Stress Factor in Asthma

Mount Sinai Health System | July 29, 2015 | Healthy Living
Rapidly expanding new research that links psychological stress to the onset of asthma may have important implications for slowing this epidemic and lowering children's risk of developing this lifelong disease.
Terrie E. Taylor

While Working to Eradicate Malaria, Let's Eliminate Malaria Deaths

Terrie E. Taylor | July 28, 2015 | Health News
The malaria parasite is a formidable and wily foe. It has become deeply entrenched, and bobs and weaves through both its hosts -- man and mosquito -- with impunity. Within minutes of its injection into the skin by the bite of a female mosquito, it vanishes into the liver, becoming the proverbial needle in a haystack for seven to 14 days.
Richard J. Davidson

Pixar's 'Inside Out' Reminds Us to Manage Emotions by Training Our Brain

Richard J. Davidson | July 24, 2015 | World
Thanks to neuroplasticity, we know that the brain's structure and function can change throughout life, even as adults. It means you can train your brain to better manage which emotions surface when and for how long. So how do you move emotions like anger and sadness to the backseat to make room for more joy and to increase well-being?
Lance B. Price

The Superbugs in Our Food Supply Must Be Stopped

Lance B. Price | July 23, 2015 | Science
The food safety system in the U.S. has traditionally monitored a few well-known bacteria. We look for bugs such as Listeria, Salmonella and Campylobacter because they cause millions of food-borne infections every year. Today, my colleagues and I published research suggesting that it is time to add another pathogen to the list of bad bugs in our food.
Nisarg Patel

A Killer Toothache: How U.S. Dental Care Became a National Emergency

Nisarg Patel | July 22, 2015 | Politics
130 million Americans -- over 40 percent of the population -- do not have dental insurance. Over the last ten years, millions of patients have been showing up with dental pain to hospital emergency departments instead of dental practices, at the cost of billions to hospitals.
Joe Baker

Celebrating 50 Years of Medicare With 50 Wishes for the Future

Joe Baker | July 21, 2015 | Politics
While this landmark anniversary represents an important opportunity to celebrate the remarkable successes of the Medicare program, it also provides a chance to identify ways to make Medicare even better over the next 50 years.
Alison Hard

10 Reasons Congress Should Stop Playing Politics With Science and Our Health

Alison Hard | July 20, 2015 | Politics
Placing industry concerns above children's health, this Congress is undermining the 2010 bi-partisan Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act by proposing to roll back updated standards for the nutritional content of school meals.
Arianna Huffington

My Q and A With Sleep Expert Mathias Basner on the Science of Sleep

Arianna Huffington | July 8, 2015 | Healthy Living
Mathias Basner is an assistant professor of sleep and chronobiology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, and the deputy editor of the journal SLEEP. In answer to my questions, he shared his insights on the effects of sleep deprivation, the relationship between work and sleep, and the small steps anyone can take to improve their sleep immediately.
Sen. Ed Markey

Relegating Alzheimer's Disease to the History Books

Sen. Ed Markey | June 30, 2015 | Politics
I lost my mother to Alzheimer's in 1998. My father cared for her every day in our living room for thirteen years, a situation experienced every day by the tens of millions of Americans who care for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease.
Alexander Howard

In a Few Years, the Doctor May Prescribe You a Google Wristband to Call Him in the Morning

Alexander Howard | June 29, 2015 | Technology
It's likely to be years before Google "healthbands" are prescribed to patients or distributed in trials, but I wouldn't be surprised to see them on the wrists of early adopters in the tech industry in California sooner
Van Winkle's

Is It Bedtime for Benzos?

Van Winkle's | June 26, 2015 | Science
For decades, doctors have been setting people on a road to dependency and addiction by ignoring or downplaying benzos' well-known dark side. It's a dark side their profession has had plenty of time and cause to acknowledge and understand, because it's one benzos share with their predecessor, the barbiturate family.
Cheryl G. Murphy

Why Do I See Patterns When I Close My Eyes?

Cheryl G. Murphy | June 24, 2015 | Science
Even when we close our eyes, they are active. They are buzzing with the metabolism and regeneration of visual pigments. You can think of it as the TV not being shut off, but changed to a fuzzy picture.
Jared Green

Sensory Overload: How People With Autism Experience the World

Jared Green | June 24, 2015 | Green
Adults and children with autism experience the world much differently than we do, so why don't we design homes, parks, and neighborhoods with them in mind?
Shannon Weber

Ending HIV Transmission: What Babies Have Taught Us

Shannon Weber | June 22, 2015 | Science
The 90% reduction in HIV transmissions to infants is one of the greatest public health success stories in recent history, made possible by advances in HIV medications. Success toward ending all HIV transmission is possible if we put recent discoveries to work on a massive scale.
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