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Cure Police Violence As If It Were A Disease

Marc Gopin | Posted 07.18.2016 | Impact
Marc Gopin

There are many advantages to thinking about police violence against unarmed citizens as a disease in need of a cure. There are excellent results emerg...

Cure Police Violence As If It Were A Disease

Marc Gopin | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Marc Gopin

There are many advantages to thinking about police violence against unarmed citizens as a disease in need of a cure. There are excellent results emerg...

Policing Takes A Toll On Officers, Too

The Conversation US | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

There are many facets of police work of which the general population is not aware. It is hard for non-officers to understand what officers experience on a daily basis and what the outcomes of these experiences might be.

A Different Way To Look At Public Health In The United States

Joseph T. Spadafino | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Joseph T. Spadafino

Working towards improved health outcomes is an unending endeavor, but we should never hesitate to take a moment to acknowledge how far we've come. Next time you're with your friends or family, think about the diseases or disabilities they never had to suffer from.

Mechanics of Metabolism Maintenance: Cars, Keys, and Karelia

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.10.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The cottage industry in revisionist dietary history -- and make no mistake, it is an industry -- would have us believe that absurd misapplications of advice can be blamed on the advice itself. The dots, and decades, connecting Keys to Karelia, however, paint a very different picture.

5 Essential Questions to Ask About the Zika Virus Before Accepting the Hype

Patti R. Rose | Posted 02.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Patti R. Rose

Asking questions about the Zika virus at this point is critical.

Zika Virus Is At Least 50 Years Old. Here's Why You're Only Hearing About It Now.

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.30.2016 | Science

As the Zika virus spreads, so has widespread alarm and confusion. The leader of the World Health Organization said Wednesday that it is "spreading exp...

Fishy Claims About Best Diets

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.11.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We have all heard that eating fish is good for us, and the proposition is valid both empirically, and epidemiologically. But it begs a vital question ...

Home Plate Collisions May Not Be Baseball Catchers' Biggest Injury Risk

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 09.11.2015 | Science

In baseball, violent collisions at home plate seem to be a major issue -- so much so that Major League Baseball and the league's Players Association e...

Breast Cancer Screening: Of Chances and Choices

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.11.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A sardonic insight by Bertrand Russell deftly, if disturbingly, conveys much of what is wrong in the realm of modern health promotion, particularly wh...

Your Cell Phone Could Soon Predict Whether You'll Get The Flu

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 08.20.2015 | Science

Cell phones track our every move. A privacy advocate might see this as a problem. But an epidemiologist like Dr. Allison Aiello of the University of N...

Dear Colleagues: We SUCK!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I'm not saying we are wrong. In fact, we may all be right, about everything. But we are all right about disparate and seemingly-competing bits of the same, whole truth. The result is that nobody can see that whole truth.

Abortion and Breast Cancer: How Abortion Foes Got It Wrong

David A. Grimes | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
David A. Grimes

The theory that abortion increases a woman's risk of breast cancer was debunked long ago. Why then does the claim still appear from bumper stickers to Crisis Pregnancy Centers to the Internet?

What's What in Nutrition? What's on First

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.22.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The only measures of energy balance I apply to myself are: Do my clothes fit? Can I do the same number of chin-ups and pull-ups as yesterday? I don't care how many calories I ate yesterday, and it doesn't matter if my elliptical erred high, low, or was spot on.

How a 2,500-Year-Old Math Proof Can Help Determine When a Patient Improves

Rob Froud | Posted 03.10.2015 | Science
Rob Froud

For many chronic conditions epidemiologists agree that the correct point to choose is the point closest to the top-left corner of the ROC curve. As we stopped to think about it, it struck us as obvious that the way to choose this point is by using Pythagoras' theorem. But this was not what our epidemiologist peers and colleagues were doing.

Plague Plots: Dispatches From Geraldine Brooks

Joseph Cooper | Posted 02.22.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

To escape present-day harsh realities, one might do well to turn to literary portrayals in which lives are elevated. In Year of Wonders, the lives of those who care for the afflicted, and comfort the dying, are elevated.

Plague Plots: Dispatches from Sinclair Lewis

Joseph Cooper | Posted 02.03.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Can a novel's depictions of healthcare workers in a plague-ravaged land inform our thinking about the lives of those who try to save lives?

What I Am Really Afraid of... And It's Not Ebola

Brian Castrucci | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Castrucci

Whenever there is an outbreak, there is political and public outcry that dies out as soon as it is controlled. We have the great privilege of living largely free of fear from infectious disease, but it comes at a cost -- investment in and ongoing support for the public health system.

Troubled #hearts -- in 140 Characters

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.20.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Is it possible that aggregate Twitter patterns might also be revealing in some useful way? Could Twitter offer snapshots of communities as well as individuals? A team of scientists has been exploring this possibility.

Rethinking the 21-Day Quarantine for Ebola Contacts

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

With so little known about the Ebola virus, as a public health decision, it may be prudent to extend the quarantine or observation period.

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.

The Keys to Good Health

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Rather, leaving aside the swirl of aspersions that likely has Dr. Keys turning in his grave if such things are possible, I simply want to note that his work is...moot. It doesn't matter whether Keys was all right, all wrong, or inevitably -- somewhere in between.

Aborted Thinking

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We all like autonomy, and all concede it has to end somewhere. As I once heard an ethicist quip, my autonomy to swing a stick certainly ends where your nose begins.

Bullets, Ballots and Bullies

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

If there is anyone who would still advocate for unimpeded access to guns for all on the basis of ideology despite such an extreme (and admittedly absurd) epidemiology, there are names for it. The kinder designation is fanaticism.

Women, Men and Alzheimer's

Dr. Tiffany Chow | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tiffany Chow

"Why does Alzheimer's disease strike women more often than it does men?" Well, actually, it doesn't. When you hear that an illness affects one group m...