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Sen. Ed Markey


Protecting the Health of People and the Planet

Sen. Ed Markey | September 23, 2014 | Green
The erosion of our personal and public health is exactly the kind of attack that will come from unchecked climate change. As pollution makes our planet sick, so will a sick planet erode the health of its people.
Tony Newman


How Should Our Society Deal With People Who Use Drugs?

Tony Newman | September 23, 2014 | Politics
The war on drugs is a cruel joke. The U.S. spends more than $50 billion a year on the "war on drugs" with the goal of creating a "drug-free society" -- yet there has never been a "drug-free society" in the history of civilization.
Mount Sinai Health System


What's So Bad About Too Much Salt?

Mount Sinai Health System | September 23, 2014 | Healthy Living
Researchers, who analyzed data from 187 countries, reported that more than 1.6 million cardiovascular-related deaths per year can be attributed to sodium consumption above 2 grams per day. Almost no country or region is immune. Salt is fueling the global hypertension epidemic.
David Katz, M.D.


Seeking the Sweet Spot, from Mouth to Microbiome

David Katz, M.D. | September 23, 2014 | Healthy Living
A study out last week in the top-tier journal Nature told us that non-caloric artificial sweeteners (NAS) may contribute to glucose intolerance by mucking up our microbiomes. That's a serious indictment, since these products are intended to help defend against glucose intolerance, and other ills related to diabetes risk and weight gain.
Laura Stepp


Well-Known Scholar Says Planned Births, Not Marriage, Top Priority for Child Well-Being

Laura Stepp | September 22, 2014 | Impact
Years of research show that a baby who was unplanned or unintended is at risk for any number of things including premature birth, low birth weight, and later, doing less well in school than children whose births were planned. The sad thing is that it has never been easier to plan pregnancies.
Anne Zeiser


Vaccinating Is Your and My Responsibility

Anne Zeiser | September 22, 2014 | Healthy Living
Today, most people don't remember the heartbreaking and sometimes lethal effects of not vaccinating and hence can't see their own vital role in public health.
Julie Netherland

E-Cigarettes and Maintenance Therapy: A Smart Public Health Approach

Julie Netherland | September 17, 2014 | Politics
E-cigarettes illustrate how harm reduction approaches to drug policy, particularly maintenance or substitution therapies, are at once both filled with promise and deeply misunderstood.
Michael F. Jacobson


Nutrition Policies Can Address Inequalities

Michael F. Jacobson | September 17, 2014 | Healthy Living
The analysis of Americans' diets shows just how important the campaign against trans fat has been to the public's health -- especially that of low-income Americans -- and why FDA needs to bring it home.
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.


Hospital Executives Beware: Impatient Patients Are Taking Charge

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | September 17, 2014 | Business
Without a change in course, hospital executives are danger of going the way of the railroads -- this industry held an unquestioned monopoly... until it didn't. If executives don't adapt to the new realities of health care, they too could wake up one day to find that they've become obsolete.
Brad Stulberg


The Shrinking Middle Class of Physical Activity

Brad Stulberg | September 17, 2014 | Healthy Living
Physical activity is integral to promoting overall vitality and economic opportunity. Though they may not seem related at first blush, getting people moving physically and economically go hand in hand.
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

A Prescription for Ending the HIV Epidemic

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | September 17, 2014 | Healthy Living
Substantial progress has been made to expand HIV testing efforts and increase the percentage of Americans with HIV who are aware they're infected -- from 75 percent in 2003 to 84 percent in 2010 -- but simply knowing your status isn't enough.
Jodi Savitz

The Problem With the '75 Percent of Lesbians Are Fat' Statistic

Jodi Savitz | September 18, 2014 | Gay Voices
As long as this statistic is being touted as a scientifically proven fact, we have a problem. It is daily espousing a condescending correlation between lesbian identity and unhealthy weight. This notion is and will continue to affect the physical and emotional well-being of many a queer girl, both young and old.
Allen Frances


Treating the Ailing Doctor-Patient Relationship

Allen Frances | September 15, 2014 | Science
Hippocrates said: "it is more important to know the patient who has the disease than the disease the patient has." This remains true after 2,500 years and with all the hype of modern medicine.
Laurie Fenton Ambrose


Evidence Mounts Supporting Medicare Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening

Laurie Fenton Ambrose | September 15, 2014 | Healthy Living
What kind of public health policy would cover screening for someone considered at-risk before the age of 65 and discontinue it after that age when the risk actually increased?
Brian Secemsky, M.D.


Let's Ban the Phrase 'Studies Show' From Medical Lingo

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | September 12, 2014 | Healthy Living
If we've read evidence supporting our management decisions, let's own it by truly referring to the literature. But if we are only vaguely aware of research that supports a questioned decision, without first taking time to read the evidence and/or supporting editorials and guidelines, let us not sugarcoat our lack of due diligence.
Robin M. Masheb

Binge Eating in Veterans

Robin M. Masheb | September 12, 2014 | Healthy Living
While many of the health effects of binge eating on veterans are similar to what has been found in civilian populations, it is clear that the disorder doesn't affect them exactly the same.
Sen. Chris Coons


Five Ways to Strengthen the U.S. Response to Ebola

Sen. Chris Coons | September 12, 2014 | Politics
This is a manageable public health crisis that we know how to solve, but doing so requires our focus, our attention, our resolve and our resources, tools that only the United States has.
Fernando Henrique Cardoso


Five Ways to End the Drug War; Start by Decriminalizing Drug Use

Fernando Henrique Cardoso | September 10, 2014 | World
The international drug control regime is broken. Past approaches premised on a punitive law enforcement paradigm have failed, emphatically so. They have resulted in more violence, larger prison populations, and the erosion of governance around the world. The health harms associated with drug use have gotten worse, not better. The Global Commission on Drug Policy instead advocates for an approach to drug policy that puts public health, community safety, human rights, and development at the center. I have listed the five pathways to ending the drug war recommended by the Global Commission on Drug Policy that I chair. (Other members of the commission, ranging from Kofi Annan to Paul Volcker to former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo are listed after the recommendations.)
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD


Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | September 10, 2014 | Healthy Living
Do you know someone who died by his or her hands, or tried (including perhaps you)? If you do, whether near or far from your heart, we hope you will join New York State and The Huffington Post in our campaign to help prevent deaths that need not happen.
Amanda Glassman

How Obamacare Is Failing Young Entrepreneurs

Amanda Glassman | September 9, 2014 | Politics
So here I am, 26 and paying out-of-pocket nearly more than I make in a week because a leading insurance provider, on an expensive Gold-Level plan, cannot give me the medication I need. In a country priding itself on innovation, we're doing a hell of a job making sure our young adults can take the risks necessary to push our country forward.
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