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Cecile Richards

The Real Lessons of the House Majority Leadership's Abortion Fiasco

Cecile Richards | January 25, 2015 | Politics
As we reflect on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade and House Majority leadership's abortion fiasco, let's make sure the lesson we learn is the right one.
David Katz, M.D.

Measles in the Magic Kingdom? It's a Small World, After All

David Katz, M.D. | January 23, 2015 | Healthy Living
If you choose to avoid standard, recommended vaccines such as measles, you are not merely putting your own health at risk -- you are choosing to do the same for all the rest of us. Sorry, folks, but that's the harsh reality.
Bob Tufts

I Can't Wait to Be Average

Bob Tufts | January 23, 2015 | Healthy Living
We patients are not averages, we are human beings. We respond differently to diseases, treatment and their aftereffects, including possible relapses.
David A. Grimes

Deniers of Science: The Anti-Vaccination and Anti-Abortion Movements

David A. Grimes | January 23, 2015 | Healthy Living
As noted by the Los Angeles Times, "the anti-vaccination movement is a corner of the United States that is backsliding into medieval ignorance." The same holds true for the science deniers of safe, legal abortion.
David Waters

Eliminate the Choice Between Food or Medicine

David Waters | January 23, 2015 | Politics
Hi-tech medical treatment can be complicated and costly, especially for those with life-threatening illnesses. But sometimes things that should be simple and affordable, like food, can have the greatest impact on health care costs.
Hirania Luzardo

13 Lessons Learned After 90 Days of Diabetes

Hirania Luzardo | January 22, 2015 | Latino Voices
On January 28, it will be 90 days since diabetes Type 1 became a part of my 8-year-old daughter's life.
Mount Sinai Health System

Think Stroke Can't Happen to You? Think Again

Mount Sinai Health System | January 22, 2015 | Healthy Living
While one's risk of stroke does increase with age (the majority occur in people age 80 and older), stroke can happen to anyone, at any age -- even to young, healthy adults.
Ovey Yeung

What You Don't Know About Recovering From A Car Accident

Ovey Yeung | January 22, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
I previously worked with technology startups. I had plans to move to San Francisco for personal and career reasons that same week. I played sports year-round, played the violin and piano, and I loved hosting dinners and competitive board game nights. The accident was on the morning of Aug. 4, 2014, and I broke my pelvis and upper right arm and had a major brain injury.
Alan Christianson

Results vs. Ideas

Alan Christianson | January 22, 2015 | Healthy Living
Next time you hear competing health claims, don't even worry about who the expert is or how good the opposing arguments are. Start by figuring out which is an idea and which is a result, and you'll know which you should pay attention to and which you can safely ignore.
Gary Mendell

Let's Protect Our Loved Ones and Build a More Perfect Union

Gary Mendell | January 20, 2015 | Politics
I hope our president in his State of the Union gives a voice to all Americans suffering from the disease of addiction. The millions of citizens affected by this disease deserve our attention and our action on the national stage.
American Heart Association

Latina Women: The Heart of the Home

American Heart Association | January 20, 2015 | Latino Voices
Latina women play a vital role in our families. They are the heart, el corazón, of the home, acting as gatekeepers for their loved ones' well-being. But it is their own hearts that are in danger. Too often, Hispanic women are struck down by heart disease, their No. 1 killer.
David Katz, M.D.

Fatness, Fitness and Fiddling Around

David Katz, M.D. | January 16, 2015 | Healthy Living
Fitness and fatness both matter. Excess weight from muscle, with a lean waist, is not a risk factor for premature death. Excess body fat distributed in the lower extremities, as often prevails in premenopausal women, is also not a marker of risk. Weight around the middle is, however, and its effect on mortality appears in this large analysis to be much the same as the risk of inactivity.
Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, MD, MPH

Should I Get the BRCA Test?

Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, MD, MPH | January 16, 2015 | Healthy Living
BRCA testing is done for people with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer. Last fall, one of my colleagues at BFFL CO discovered that she was BRCA positive. Her mother also tested positive. Naturally, they both had a number of questions for me and for their genetic counselor, so I decided to put together a checklist.
Erik Ose

Phony Anti-Vaccine Propaganda Is Killing U.S. Children

Erik Ose | January 16, 2015 | Healthy Living
Is it too much to ask Jenny McCarthy to read a simple, well-researched article and properly educate herself about how no legitimate scientific studies have linked vaccines to autism? And then, to announce to the world she was wrong? It would help undo at least some of the damage she's done to public health and our country's children.
Vivek Wadhwa

How Technology Will Eat Medicine

Vivek Wadhwa | January 15, 2015 | Technology
It isn't yet clear which technology advances will indeed impact humanity and which will be nothing more than cool science experiments. What is clear is that we have entered an era of acceleration and there is much promise -- and risk of peril -- ahead.
David Katz, M.D.

Examining the Annual Exam

David Katz, M.D. | January 15, 2015 | Healthy Living
In last week's New York Times, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel suggested that this year's resolution might be to abandon the ritual of your annual physical. The title of his column, perhaps chosen by an editor to maximize glibness and thus provocation was: "Skip your annual physical." But permit me to suggest you don't commit to that just yet. The annual physical exam warrants some more examination, a defense to follow its prosecution.
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Might the Fat Gene Make You Fat If You Were Born After 1942 and Received Penicillin as a Baby?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | January 14, 2015 | Healthy Living
Born before 1942? If you were and also carry the gene for obesity, relax. The gene won't make you fat. Born after 1943? Yes, the gene might have a definite impact on your size.
Margaret Marshall

Smoking Cessation Without Weight Gain

Margaret Marshall | January 14, 2015 | Healthy Living
If you don't quit smoking, smoking will quit you. The tobacco addiction is hard to overcome but you can change your way and become addicted to life, fresh air, and deep breathing.
David Katz, M.D.

To Diet Or Not to Diet? Of Tests, Trees, and Forest

David Katz, M.D. | January 13, 2015 | Healthy Living
If you are shopping for a diet, the annual guidance offered by U.S. News & World Report is quite robust. But it, too, leaves a potentially important question unaddressed: should you really be shopping for a diet in the first place?
Susan Winter

3 Simple Steps to Attract Love in 2015

Susan Winter | January 12, 2015 | Women
Attracting love is far easier than we're led to believe. One way to jump-start the process of attracting love is to be aware of what lies in our here and now, while being in tune with ourselves.
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