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Chronic Disease

How To Be A Survivor: Flu Season 2014-15

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

This year, since the flu shot may not contain the proper viral particles, everyone, but especially those with compromised immune systems, needs to be more aware of their risk for developing the flu. Here are five tips to be a flu survivor this season.

6 Questions Your Doctor Isn't Asking You (Which Might Be Keeping You Sick)

Dr. Deborah Caldwell | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Deborah Caldwell

You haven't felt well in a really long time. You've sat in your fair share of waiting rooms, taken a million tests, and filled more prescriptions than your medicine cabinet can comfortably hold. But you still haven't gotten to the bottom of your chronic health issues. Why isn't anything helping Maybe it's because your doctor isn't asking you the right questions.

Why You Should Never Ask 'Have You Tried...?'

Lottie V. Ryan | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Lottie V. Ryan

I don't need your suggestions because I have all I need already. You see, as well as an innate inability to quickly process the concepts of life-long and incurable I am blessed with the most amazing gift man has. Hope.

Making Progress in Medicare Matters

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

People are fatigued with political staredowns and want Democrats and Republicans to work together to develop solutions. One of our most important domestic challenges involves the Medicare program.

Softer Care For Harder Cases, Of Ebola And Everything Else

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As for Ebola containment, holistic thinking is clearly essential. Control of an outbreak is not limited to treating the sick, but managing the social network of every index case.

7 Empowerment Tips From a 'Professional Patient'

Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana

If you live with a chronic disease, you may be able to relate to me. Everyone wants to feel good. After all, it's hard to check off our bucket list and accomplish life goals if we can't get ourselves out of bed. So how can we obtain our best health and health care when battling a chronic and/or incurable illness?

Americans Don't Plan on Dying

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Many people who do not want to die in an intensive care unit, intubated, on a respirator, pierced by a web of intravenous lines are dying this way. For these individuals, this is worse than death. We cannot prevent death, but we can dictate how we want to be cared for at the end of our lives.

Our Health, on Fire: The #UseWhatWeKnow Campaign

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Let the parsing continue, for that competition is healthy if it helps us do something about the residual 20 percent of all chronic disease we don't already know how to prevent. But let us not squander what we do know while working to learn what we don't.

Linking Domestic Violence and Chronic Disease: An Issue Not in the Headlines

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

Physical or sexual abuse, verbal abuse, nonverbal intimidation, financial exploitation and neglect can end up, directly or indirectly, causing a chronic disease. Addressing the full implications of domestic violence may prevent or lower that risk, ultimately saving money, time and, most importantly, lives.

Lynne Peeples

Tackling Climate Change Presents A 'Golden Opportunity' For Public Health

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 09.22.2014 | Green

For Carol Kelly, biking to and from work is a no-brainer: She doesn't have to deal with the notorious Seattle traffic, she can exercise without visiti...

How Baby Boomers Are Redefining Healthy Aging

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 11.07.2014 | Fifty
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

For many decades, medicine, like so many other aspects of American life, was concerned with treatment on a mass scale. In the second half of the 20th century, healthcare became less of a calling and more of a business.

10 Ways to Actively Participate in Your Medical Care

Dr. Soania-Mathur | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Soania-Mathur

You must be actively involved in the management of your disease in order to live well with a chronic illness, actively seeking solutions to problems that arise and take on a proactive approach to life in general. Being a passive bystander won't get you the quality of life that you seek.

I'm In: Let's Talk About Dietary Supplements

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

What is the next step for the natural products industry? The interrelationship with health care at large is of critical importance. Chronic disease is rising on a global scale. Pharmaceutical drugs alone don't seem to solve these problems. We have to find new solutions.

The Medical-Industrial Complex: Have We Made Any Progress in the 21st Century?

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

We need to return to the patient-centered care that Dr. Arnold Relman advocated for throughout his professional life rather than continue with the present disease-centered system if we truly want to reduce the burden of disease.

No Taste for Truth?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.20.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Rather than supporting the health of our bodies, our body politic is feeding off their willfully devised decay.

Making Hope When the Medical System Can't

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

Autonomic disorders, like POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, sometimes called simply Postural Tachycardia Syndrome) and Neurocardiogenic...

Invisible Illness: How to Sustain Hope?

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

Imagine a world in which it's extremely hard to find doctors who take seriously that your discomfort is really physiological, a world in which the right treatment for you is elusive. That's the world of autonomic disorders.

Knowing What to Eat, Refusing to Swallow It

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The argument for an emphasis on actual foods rather than manufactured ingestibles masquerading as such garners little opposition from entities not directly involved in selling the latter. Such entities, however, have access to the best marketing talent money can buy.

More Health Care vs. More Health

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We may at times think too much. There is no shortage of very intelligent, highly educated people in my academic world. But perhaps there is something seductive about the pursuit of data that causes some in this domain to think that the pursuit of data is itself the objective. It shouldn't be. What most people want is for the data we derive to be applied to some

The Difference Between Living And Being Alive With Chronic Illness

Ilana Jacqueline | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Ilana Jacqueline

Life with chronic illness is just like any other -- a life full of obstacles. It's easy to lay down and not get back up. But if you're not moving, you're not living. So even when the obstacles become too great, the treatment stops working, the doctors stop telling you the good news, even when you lose support, you lose sight of what you're moving towards -- you keep moving.

Managers Needed to Beat Chronic Diseases

Stephan Rabimov | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Stephan Rabimov

The increasing threat of non-communicable diseases (often called chronic diseases or NCDs) prompted the United Nations, in 2011, to issue the second political declaration on health in its history, the first being on AIDS in 2006.

Health Care or Disease Care: Which Would You Choose? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself and Why

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

The new science of "health" care that has emerged in the 21st century is creating the opportunity to be successful in preventing and treating chronic diseases. In a successful therapeutic relationship, practitioner and patient work in partnership to create health rather than treat disease.

Body Parts and Skin in the Game

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Those of us hoping for health need our kids as much as they need us. In unity there is strength, after all. A family that eats well together has no junk food in the house in the first place.

The Economics of Solving Chronic Disease

James Maskell | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
James Maskell

If we look at chronic disease from this angle, it is an empowering proposition. It is clear that we need to focus policy and incentives at this level to correct the "market failure" at its source, first and foremost minimizing these negative externalities.

Our Diets and Our Doom

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

For most of us, it's time to stop rolling our eyes at non-existent conspiracies, and actually attempt to eat well and be active. It means there is no scapegoat to blame for all our ills, and no silver bullet to save us.