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Dr. Peter Klatsky

Vaccines and 3-Parent Babies: Why People No Longer Trust Their Doctors

Dr. Peter Klatsky | February 26, 2015 | Healthy Living
We need to re-engage Americans and win back their trust in science, evidence based medicine, and our medical system so they don't fear life saving treatments like vaccines. Describing doctors making, "Three Parent Babies" fosters skepticism about those dedicated to fighting to cure and prevent disease.
Arianna Huffington

My Q and A With W. Chris Winter, Sleep Whisperer to Some of the World's Top Athletes

Arianna Huffington | February 26, 2015 | Healthy Living
Perhaps more than any other group, athletes have fully embraced sleep as a performance enhancement tool. Top athletes are, of course, all about results. So there's no better place than the world of sports to see the tangible effects of sleep (including pre-game naps) on performance.
Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D.

3 Crazy Myths and Facts About Sleep

Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. | February 26, 2015 | Healthy Living
At night, you can't sleep. In the morning, you can't wake up. Sound familiar? Get back on track with these three myths and facts about sleep.
David A. Grimes

Abortion and Breast Cancer: How Abortion Foes Got It Wrong

David A. Grimes | February 25, 2015 | Healthy Living
The theory that abortion increases a woman's risk of breast cancer was debunked long ago. Why then does the claim still appear from bumper stickers to Crisis Pregnancy Centers to the Internet?
Chip Lyons

A Model for the Future: Funding the End of Childhood Illness Together

Chip Lyons | February 25, 2015 | Impact
This unprecedented sum will fully fund the immunization efforts supported through Gavi from 2016 - 2020, and put implementing countries on track to immunize 300 million children in the next five years, preventing between 5 and 6 million premature deaths in the process.
Eric J. Topol, M.D.

How Your Smartphone Will Radically Change Your Health Care

Eric J. Topol, M.D. | February 25, 2015 | World
This new "bottom-up medicine" forever changes the patient-doctor relationship to a partnership on equal footing.
Cynthia Leifer

Stop Blaming Illegal Immigrants For the Measles Outbreak

Cynthia Leifer | February 25, 2015 | Healthy Living
Blaming immigrants for spread of disease is not a new concept in the U.S. and like previous spurious claims, this latest attempt holds no water.
Christina LaMontagne

How Do I Spot Medical Billing Errors?

Christina LaMontagne | February 25, 2015 | Money
The complex world of medical billing is ripe for errors. As many as 250 people -- from the nurse to the medical coder -- could be involved in generating just one bill. With all of those hands touching the bill that will ultimately end up in your mailbox, it's no wonder some experts estimate as many as 80 percent contain mistakes.
David Katz, M.D.

We're Fat and Sick and the Broccoli Did It!

David Katz, M.D. | February 24, 2015 | Healthy Living
It's no big surprise that someone untrained in research methods would tell us all what the research really means and why the scientists on this committee -- all trained to do research and interpret it -- are just a bunch of hacks. But that the New York Times would allocate its imprimatur and rarefied real estate to an infomercial masquerading as an Op-Ed is a lamentably disappointing surprise.
Bruce Y. Lee

I Get Rye With a Little Help From My Friends

Bruce Y. Lee | February 24, 2015 | Healthy Living
You can still be friends with someone without eating with him or her. If your resolve is not strong enough and you find yourself eating deep friend cupcakes every time you are with certain friends, then perhaps you should stick to non-eating activities when hanging out with them.
Mike Weisser

A Gun Violence Vaccine

Mike Weisser | February 23, 2015 | Politics
Vaccinations protect the human species against diseases for which there is no cure once the infection occurs. In this respect, vaccines become the cure for certain diseases through prevention, whereas we usually think of being cured as what doctors do to us after we get sick.
Wendell Potter

Brits Think We're Nuts for Believing Our Health System Is Better Than Theirs

Wendell Potter | February 23, 2015 | Politics
When I was an industry PR guy, I was part of a never-ending effort to defame the NHS, usually by citing a few anecdotes about Brits who claimed to endure long waits for needed care. The industry's propaganda got little resistance from the media or the American public.
David Katz, M.D.

Diet, Dog and Dogma

David Katz, M.D. | February 20, 2015 | Healthy Living
Before the committee report is translated into official guidelines, there is a period of public comment.Some of the commentary will be from public health advocates, but much will be from industry. What exact dietary guidelines will emerge from this gauntlet remains to be seen. But given that, I like what I see so far. I think the advisory committee has done a stellar job.
Yoga Journal

Twist Into Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose

Yoga Journal | February 20, 2015 | Healthy Living
Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana is an invigorating spinal twist and chest opener that releases diaphragmatic tension and intercostal muscles, enhancing breathing.
Abby Pingree

Nursing Job Satisfaction, Safety and Productivity

Abby Pingree | February 20, 2015 | Healthy Living
I am aware that "get in and get out" is an attitude one must adopt to complete a very busy work day and still have time and energy to manage a home life. I feel this is not right. I understand that days like this occasionally occur but when this is the accepted norm it is time to re-think our nursing business model.
Mount Sinai Health System

Is It Okay to Give My Child Over-the-Counter Cough Medicine?

Mount Sinai Health System | February 20, 2015 | Healthy Living
I generally recommend that parents not give cough medicine to children of any age. As a pediatrician, my main concern is the potential for rare but serious neurologic side effects involving the central nervous system, including confusion, irritability, and nervousness. The good news is that there are several safe, supportive measures parents can try to help alleviate their child's cough.
Sanjeev K. Sriram

Gay Marriage Is Good For Your Health -- Even If You're Not Gay

Sanjeev K. Sriram | February 18, 2015 | Gay Voices
Given the network of mutuality in which we live, the health of our whole society improves when we uphold the rights for our LGBT brothers and sisters.
Dr. Cheryl Healton

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul -- With Our Lives

Dr. Cheryl Healton | February 18, 2015 | Politics
The U.S. now spends far less on essential public health services than virtually all industrialized nations -- and it shows.
David Freudberg

Helping Nurses Handle Their Professional Stress

David Freudberg | February 17, 2015 | Healthy Living
Outnumbering physicians six to one, nurses spend more time with patients and in many ways they are the heart of American health care. And with medical insurance now expanded to cover millions of new patients, the pressure on nurses is growing.
David Katz, M.D.

Cholesterol, Unscrambled

David Katz, M.D. | February 17, 2015 | Healthy Living
Whether adding eggs to your diet will confer benefit, harm, or neither, almost certainly depends on what you are now eating instead of eggs, and what eggs would be displacing.
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