iOS app Android app

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.
Sabrina Zurga

Why We Need a Market for Organs

Sabrina Zurga | June 22, 2015 | Politics
Everyday, 21 people die because they cannot secure an organ for transplant-- and this number is on the rise. A burgeoning black market for organs fills this gap between supply and demand.
Tessie Castillo

Top 3 Highlights From the New CDC Report on Naloxone Programs

Tessie Castillo | June 22, 2015 | Impact
This week the CDC released its long-awaited report on overdose prevention programs providing naloxone to laypersons. The detailed report, which surveyed 136 naloxone distribution programs nationwide, confirms some of what overdose prevention advocates already knew, but also holds a few surprises.
Martha Burk

Women in the Crosshairs of ACA Repeal

Martha Burk | June 22, 2015 | Politics
Preventive services like mammograms and birth control are provided without deductibles or co-pays under Obamacare. If the system is dismantled, get ready to pay up or lose these benefits altogether.
Dr. David Samadi

Conquering Cancer: Personalized Medicine Is the Future

Dr. David Samadi | June 19, 2015 | Healthy Living
Imagine a world where treating cancer and other chronic diseases like diabetes is customized to your specific case? The possibilities of better treatments and even finding a cure is even closer with precision medicine and genomic testing
Lance B. Price

Superbug Silos

Lance B. Price | June 17, 2015 | Science
Industry representatives are talking to each other, while lobbying policymakers for the status quo. Public health organizations and non-profits working on this issue would like to bridge the gaps, but the gaps often seem unbridgeable. These silos prevent progress in combatting antibiotic resistance at a time when we desperately need action.
Clare Coleman

House Funding Bill Puts Family Planning, Public Health in Peril

Clare Coleman | June 17, 2015 | Politics
Congress needs to stop waging an ideologically motivated war against low-income women and men and start passing legislation that makes fiscal, social, and political sense.
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Thinking and Tears

Evaggelos Vallianatos | June 17, 2015 | Green
The thought of young mothers discovering poisons in their breast milk froze me in place while tears filled my eyes. The young mothers are not alone. The entire world is worthy of tears.
Sean Palfrey MD

What a Public Health Approach to Gun Violence Would Look Like

Sean Palfrey MD | June 17, 2015 | Politics
Physicians and health professionals have lowered the rates of many deadly infectious diseases by instituting careful, data-driven, broadly-instituted approaches like hand-washing, universal vaccination, and food and drug quality laws. We need to consider firearms and bullets as pathogens, similar to the smallpox virus and its disease, smallpox.
Mount Sinai Health System

Cataract Basics and Beyond: Why Treatments Are Now Better Than Ever

Mount Sinai Health System | June 10, 2015 | Healthy Living
If the quality of your vision starts interfering with everyday life, you should see an eye care professional, preferably an ophthalmologist. Cataracts are not difficult to diagnose; the key is to make sure your eyes are otherwise healthy and there are no other causes of visual dysfunction.
Dr. Joe Dispenza

Changing Bad to Good: How Expectations Influence Behavior

Dr. Joe Dispenza | June 9, 2015 | Healthy Living
So if we believe a good restaurant is pricier, friendly or cleaner would we be able to tell if something wasn't quite right? What would happen if you ordered steak and the chef used a fatty piece of meat he bought at the grocery store? What if he arraigned it beautifully and the impeccably dressed waiter brought it to you on a platter? Would you be able to tell?
Phyllis Greenberger

Women's Heart Health: What We Don't Know

Phyllis Greenberger | June 9, 2015 | Healthy Living
Despite this large number of women affected by cardiovascular disease, women and minorities are underrepresented in cardiovascular clinical trials. Only one-third of cardiovascular clinical trials report sex-specific results, making it ever more difficult for researchers and clinicians to know how a particular drug or device will affect women.
Lianne Mandelbaum

'Open Sesame' Are Not Always Magic Words

Lianne Mandelbaum | June 9, 2015 | Healthy Living
I believe all consumers have a right to know what is in their food, so they can make informed choices for their families. For food allergic families, a lack of disclosure puts our children at risk for fatal attacks. Food allergic families need this information so we, or our well-intentioned friends, families and schools, don't buy something that has a surreptitious ingredient in it that can kill.
Kim Dramer

Protecting Your Vision in the Digitally-Drowning 21st Century

Kim Dramer | June 5, 2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrea Thau, Vice President of the American Optometric Association and Associate Clinical Professor at State University of New York College of Optometry, offers advice that you can begin to follow today to protect your vision, enhance your quality of life and improve your general health.
Tony Newman

Innovative Drug Policies You May Never Have Heard of But Need to Know About

Tony Newman | June 5, 2015 | Politics
Innovative drug policies being practiced around the world are keeping people out of prison, getting help for those who need it, reducing HIV, crime and overdose deaths. To truly treat drug use as a health issue and end our country's unwinnable war, we need to implement three proven strategies.
All posts from 06.30.2015