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Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.


The New HHS Secretary and America's Neglected Infections of Poverty

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | April 18, 2014 | Politics
The new HHS Secretary will have a lot on her plate in 2014. It is my hope that with her unique skill set, Ms. Burwell will address this vital and most glaring health disparity among the poorest of the poor in the southern United States.
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine


'I Woke Up and I Could Walk': Sleep as a Cure for Neurological Disease

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | April 17, 2014 | Healthy Living
The miracles of sleep are too numerous for the scope of this article, but there is plenty of undisputed evidence to show that healthy sleep improves our mood, our heart, our ability to eat healthy, to exercise, and perform at our best during the day at work or school. It is even linked to lower cancer rates. But can it take away what appears to be Parkinson's disease and make a little girl walk?
Amy Rothenberg, ND


Maryland Governor Signs Bill to License Naturopathic Doctors

Amy Rothenberg, ND | April 17, 2014 | Healthy Living
On April 14, 2014 in Annapolis, Md., Governor Martin O'Malley signed a bill to license naturopathic doctors (NDs), making it the 18th state to do so. In June, Governor John Hickenlooper did the same in Colorado. As licensure efforts across the country make headway, the general public will increasingly have...
Bob Semro


Coming to a TV Near You: Misleading Advertising on Affordable Care Act

Bob Semro | April 16, 2014 | Denver
Midterm elections are seven months away, but we're already seeing political ads targeting the Affordable Care Act and legislators who supported it. Americans for Prosperity, an organization that opposes the ACA, is running one such ad in a number of states, including Colorado.
Greg Voakes


The Painful Truth About Office Back Pain

Greg Voakes | April 15, 2014 | Healthy Living
Let's face it. Work can be a pain. Between deadlines, abrasive coworkers and budget cuts, the full-time office life often threatens to squelch even the cheeriest of employees. Now new research is proving what many of us have suspected for years -- work can be a literal pain, too.
Allen Frances


No Child Left Undiagnosed

Allen Frances | April 13, 2014 | Science
Egged on by well meaning (and not so well meaning) experts and by greedy drug companies, we are fast approaching this dystopic wonderland of universal childhood mental illness.
Kimberly Williams


Finding Hope and Help in Tragedy

Kimberly Williams | April 9, 2014 | Healthy Living
Whenever a person with a mental disorder (or assumed to have a mental disorder), veteran or civilian, commits a violent act that makes headlines, there is a call to address the "mental health issue" in violent crimes. However, what is meant by the "mental health issue" is generally unclear. The fact is that killings and overall violence are extremely rare by people with serious mental illness.
Daniel J. Schultz


You Can't Outrun Your Fork

Daniel J. Schultz | April 9, 2014 | Healthy Living
We need to disprove the myths that are still perpetuated by companies, which state that sedentary lifestyles are the main cause of our weight issues. We need to realize that what we put on our plates, or in our bowls and cups, has the greatest impact on our weight management.
John Berardi, Ph.D.


Fruits and Vegetables: This Is What Your Grandma Never Taught You

John Berardi, Ph.D. | April 9, 2014 | Healthy Living
Fruits and vegetables' vibrant colors tell the story of their "super powers." You see, it's their "phytonutrients," or plant nutrients, that help us fight disease and stay stronger for longer.
Jonathan Galland


Lyme Disease Threat in Surprising Places

Jonathan Galland | April 9, 2014 | Healthy Living
If you are living in Connecticut, upstate New York, or Long Island you may very well be aware of Lyme disease, from friends and family who have had Lyme or even news reports. But what if you live in California, the Midwest or Canada? While Lyme might be less well known in these areas, it is an emerging, documented threat.
Jennifer Raff

Dear Parents, You Are Being Lied To

Jennifer Raff | April 9, 2014 | Parents
You owe it to your children, and to yourself, to thoroughly investigate the issue. Don't rely on what some stranger on the internet says (not even me!). Read the scientific studies that I linked to in this post for yourself, and talk to your pediatricians.
David Katz, M.D.


Severe Obesity? Let 'Em Eat Kale!

David Katz, M.D. | April 8, 2014 | Healthy Living
We need to reorient our cultural attitude about obesity so it is not an excuse to argue the respective merits of personal responsibility and public policy. Rather, if we are to fix it at its origins, we need to acknowledge that people who are empowered are most capable, and most inclined, to exercise responsibility.
Nancy K. Kaufman


Health Care - Making Progress

Nancy K. Kaufman | April 8, 2014 | Politics
Not only were women subject to discriminatory rates, but none of the preventive services women typically need were required. That is no longer the case. But a glaring hole remains -- the failure of 24 states to expand Medicaid to cover 6.4 million of the working poor.
Lawrence Diller, M.D.


Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You: Adderall Abuse

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | April 8, 2014 | Healthy Living
I've watched with worried vigilance for the past 15 years the growth in the use by adults of these potentially powerful and addictive drugs. Sadly, I believe only after stimulant abuse causes the deaths of enough young adults will we address this growing public health menace.
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva


The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Terrible for Public Health

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva | April 8, 2014 | Politics
The TPP is a bad deal for taxpayers, for doctors and for everyone who believes in corporate transparency. If rammed through Congress via fast-track trade authority, which doesn't allow Congress to offer any amendments, it will lead to lost jobs and lost lives.
Dr. Michael J. Breus


Poor Sleep Increases Pain Risk -- Especially as We Age

Dr. Michael J. Breus | April 5, 2014 | Healthy Living
Sleep and pain exist in a complicated relationship to one another. Pain can interfere with sleep, making it harder to fall asleep and to stay asleep. Poor quality and insufficient sleep contribute to pain in several ways, decreasing tolerance for pain, increasing its intensity and discomfort, and in some cases raising the risk for the development of chronic-pain conditions.
Russell Simmons


President Obama, Go Ahead and Dust That Dirt Off Your Shoulders!

Russell Simmons | April 4, 2014 | Politics
Our work certainly is not done, but with over 7 million people enrolling in Obamacare, we ought to be very proud of what we have accomplished. The legacy of this great president is growing by the day, as one who leads with compassion, tolerance and generosity with always a focus on equality.
Mark Joyella

Why 'Mentally-Ill Soldier' Reporting On Fort Hood Shooting Was Sloppy Journalism

Mark Joyella | April 3, 2014 | Healthy Living
These kinds of subtle connections, floated out in headlines, ledes and in repeated questions to experts in endless cable news coverage, result in reinforcement of stigma and a lost opportunity to educate viewers and readers on what mental illness and PTSD really are.
Marielena Hincapié


Many More Must Have Access to Obamacare Before Mission Accomplished

Marielena Hincapié | April 3, 2014 | Politics
All human beings have value, regardless of their country of origin or socioeconomic status. We are confident the administration will fix the technological problems and hope it will make the sound decision to allow DACA recipients into Obamacare. We can only hope Congress can correct the immorality and shortsighted public policy of denying immigrants access to affordable health care.
Robert L. Quigley, MD, D.Phil.


Ebola Outbreak Spreads Across Three Countries: What Do Travelers Need to Know?

Robert L. Quigley, MD, D.Phil. | April 2, 2014 | Travel
Business travelers and expatriates (and their family members) need not only concern themselves with the risk of acquiring Malaria or Dengue Fever when entering endemic regions.
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