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American Medical Association

When Health Is Your Business: Pharmacies Must Stop Selling Cigarettes

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Claire Pomeroy

Every business that is involved in health and health care must now do its part. Time is of the essence; tobacco is an epidemic that must be stopped.

50th Anniversary of Landmark Report on Smoking Brings Reflection of Past Success and Reality of New Concerns to Tackle

Ardis D. Hoven, M.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Health News
Ardis D. Hoven, M.D.

The AMA recognizes the need to tackle some of today's most troubling chronic health conditions -- cardiovascular disease and diabetes type 2 -- to which smoking can be linked.

Smoking Bans and Car-Seat Bribes: 5 Lessons From the 50-Year Effort to Reduce Smoking and Save Lives

Larry Cohen | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Larry Cohen

As we consider and celebrate these victories, we must also remember how far we have to go. Today, while the rate of smoking has dropped, it remains the leading cause of preventable death, claiming the lives of 440,000 Americans each year.

Scuttle the 'Bully Pulpit' Metaphor

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As it is often said that "elections have consequences," in fact so do words. Therefore, let us assign and bury the "bully pulpit" to the archives of linguistics.

Doctor and Wife Open Home to Cancer Patients

Lisa Masters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Masters

I don't think "Thank you!" can truly express the gratitude that many of us often wish to express to those who are not in the business of treating cancer patients who give their hearts, time and love to those of us that have connected with the disease.

What One Washington Could Learn From the Other About Reducing Health Care Spending

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Health policy experts have long contended that one of the key reasons the Medicare program will eventually run out of money is because of the outsized influence lobbyists for health special interests have in Washington.

The AMA Says Obesity Is a Disease. Now Can We Talk About Prevention?

Larry Cohen | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
Larry Cohen

We can approach the health problems that stem from unhealthy eating and physical activity as individual concerns requiring individual treatment. Or that there are social influences that affect what we eat, how we live and how healthy we end up.

Stepping Up the Fight Against Obesity

Catherine M. Abate | Posted 09.08.2013 | New York
Catherine M. Abate

If we work to spread that message beyond our clinics to schools, homes, and the workplace, we will be that much closer to getting chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes under control and to helping New Yorkers live fuller and healthier lives.

Meatless Monday: Four More Years

Ellen Kanner | Posted 09.01.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Happy anniversary, readers. I've been writing weekly Meatless Monday posts for four years now. And they said it wouldn't last. After the first mo...

Obesity Is a Disease: Not Easy Medicine for All to Swallow

Richard-John Mensing, Jr. | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard-John Mensing, Jr.

By branding it as a disease, are we running the risk of attaching new negatives to already struggling individuals? That is yet to be seen, as is what impact the AMA's proclamation might actually have on the fight to end obesity.

Does the AMA's Declaration That Obesity Is a Disease Offer Us a New Excuse To Be Fat?

Gregg McBride | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

So no matter how our community (and individual) obesity problem is classified, let's not forget that that the real cure comes from inside ourselves.

If Obesity Is a Disease, Who's Going to Treat It?

John Berardi, Ph.D. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
John Berardi, Ph.D.

Beyond the obvious lack of training preventing most physicians from being able to effectively treat obesity, there's another issue at stake: physicians just aren't afforded enough time with their patients.

Obesity as Disease: Why I Vote No

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is a certain irony in the nearly immediate juxtaposition of the rare introduction of a new FDA-approved drug for weight loss (Belviq) to the marketplace and the recognition of obesity as a "disease" by the AMA. A line from the movie Jerry Maguire comes to mind: "You complete me!"

American Medical Association Declares Obesity a Disease

Lauren Warnecke | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Warnecke

Victimizing obesity as a disease is dangerous territory, and from my perspective just feels like another excuse for pharmaceutical companies to make money. Why would anyone choose diet and exercise over a magic pill? I certainly wouldn't.

Will Gay Men Finally Be Allowed To Donate Blood?

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The American Medical Association (AMA) spoke out against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) controversial ban on gay male blood donors. ...

Obesity: Disease? Condition? Should We Care?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 08.20.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

It's so interesting that people equally passionate about fighting obesity can end up on opposite sides of an argument. Maybe that means it's the wrong argument.

Ryan J. Reilly

Critics Of Guantanamo Force-Feeding Dismissed As 'Political'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A military physician who oversees the nurses who force-feed Guantanamo’s hunger-striking detainees told reporters visiting the remote ...

Death is Preferable to Life at Obama's Guantanamo

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Although a few days after his first inauguration, Obama promised to shutter Guantanamo, it remains open.

Doctors' Orders: Let Gay People Marry -- It's a Healthy Thing to Do

Steve Heilig | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Steve Heilig

As it turns out, according to much evidence, being part of a family can be a very healthy thing -- straight or gay. And now no less than the American Medical Association has officially opined on the issue.

Lincoln and His Team of Homeopaths

Dana Ullman | Posted 02.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Dana Ullman

There is a wide body of evidence that Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) maintained a special interest in and appreciation for homeopathic medicine. It is therefore not surprising that many of Lincoln's advisors were users of and advocates for homeopathy.

To Save Medicare, Free It From Its Captors

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The bottom line is that, left to their own devices and without adequate oversight, doctors and hospitals can and do charge more for less.

Associations: Trading Old Thinking for New Action

Tom Loughlin | Posted 10.22.2012 | Business
Tom Loughlin

When was the last time you attended a networking event or a panel discussion held by one of the associations you've joined? If the answer is "I can't remember", you may agree with me that the days of associations are numbered, unless they change.

Nutrition in a Second-Rate Hen House

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.11.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This week, Wal-Mart announced the release of its home-grown, front-of-pack nutrition guidance system. Can we possibly be that gullible? If so, we probably all deserve to be eating whatever the big companies selling food tell us we should.

Climate Change Must Be Addressed Now

Ted Kaufman | Posted 03.03.2012 | Green
Ted Kaufman

We are beginning a new year, and the silence in Congress is still deafening. Will there ever be a debate about what should be done to deal with climate change?

Lucia Graves

Feds Should Reclassify Marijuana To Allow Medical Use, Governors Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Govs. Lincoln Chafee (I-R.I) and Chris Gregoire (D-Wash.) on Wednesday called on the Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify marij...