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The 'Fat But Fit' Fallacy

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Schweitzer

We all like to eat. Most of us want to eat well; at least we try to be good some of the time. We all know that how and what we eat directly impact our health and well-being. Yet few subjects are more prone to confusion and distortion than diet and nutrition.

Judge Blocks Massachusetts Ban On Powerful New Painkiller

AP | STEVE LeBLANC | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel on Tu...

Your Honey Probably Isn't 'Honey,' And The FDA's About To Fix That

Reuters | Posted 04.09.2014 | Taste

Honey mixed with sugar might be sweet, but it is not "honey."

Can Smokers Save on Insurance by Switching to E-Cigarettes?

PolicyGenius | Posted 04.02.2014 | Money
PolicyGenius

Insurers may warm to e-cigarettes in the coming years, but for now most of them will still think of you as a smoker even if you don't. In today's world of semi-privacy, it might be harder than you think to hide evidence of this should an insurer decide to look more closely.

Planned Parenthood Appeals Arizona Abortion Restrictions

AP | ASTRID GALVAN | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

PHOENIX (AP) — Planned Parenthood Arizona filed an appeal Tuesday after a federal judge refused to temporarily block the nation's most stringent res...

Knowing Which Medical Products Are Best for Each Person -- It Just Makes Sense

Nancy Brown | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

There are still many unanswered questions about how and why cardiovascular diseases affect Americans differently. Learning the answers to these questions is necessary if we are to someday fulfill the promise of personalized medicine.

Death Penalty Unconstitutional in Oklahoma? What's Next?

Adam Banner | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Adam Banner

As an Oklahoma criminal defense attorney, I've been following the new death penalty developments fairly closely. It's probably safe to say that our Death Row hasn't been this shaken up since the state retired the electric chair after the electrocution of James French in 1966.

New FDA Food Label Rules Ignore the GMO Elephant in the Room

Ronnie Cummins | Posted 03.25.2014 | Food
Ronnie Cummins

If Mrs. Obama is serious about the health and nutrition of our nation's kids, it's time for her to stand up for consumers, stand up to industry, and demand truth and transparency when it comes to labeling the GMOs in our food.

Just Spell My Stock Symbol Right

John P. David | Posted 03.21.2014 | Business
John P. David

One day last week, my wife called me and she was aghast regarding the story of Josh Hardy, a seven-year-old cancer survivor from Virginia who is suffe...

From the Sushi Plate to the Investment Portfolio: Three Ways to Take Action on Ocean Health

John B. Thomas | Posted 03.17.2014 | Green
John B. Thomas

If you're ordering sushi in the United States, you may not be eating what you think you are.

New Twist Emerges In Bob McDonnell Corruption Case

AP | LARRY O'DELL | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's attorneys are seeking documents from two federal agencies that they hope to use to attack ...

A Cancer Drug Could Save This 7-Year-Old. But the Company Behind it Won't Give Him Access.

Jay Scott | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

In the end, we are all human beings, and we owe it to these children to share this potentially lifesaving drug. No matter the obstacles in the way, when a child's life is on the line, you do what you have to.

FDA Moves Forward With Marijuana-Based Drug To Fight Childhood Epilepsy

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

The Food and Drug Administration has granted orphan drug designation for a cannabis-based drug developed to treat childhood-onset epilepsy, GW Pharmac...

Better Food Labels: Have We Hit the Nail on the Head?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.07.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Improving food labels, as planned by the USFDA and much in the news over the past week or so, is a welcome thing. But I do think we have cause to wonder if all the fanfare and media hype are really warranted. When all is said and done, what improvements are in the works, and how much will they really matter?

Zach Carter

Key Democrat Says Drug Companies Have 'Hijacked' FDA

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway criticized the Food and Drug Administration's cozy relationship with pharmaceutical companies, saying that the a...

FDA Makes the Right Move, Generic Emergency Contraception Now Over the Counter

Cathy Reisenwitz | Posted 03.04.2014 | Women
Cathy Reisenwitz

It's high time both sides of the aisle stop playing politics with young women's bodies. This is another great step in that direction.

The Best Health-Themed Movie of 2013: And the Winner Is...

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Never let important messages in films go overlooked by your admiration for the acting and writing. Let films such as these be a gateway for helping us all to live healthier and more enjoyable lives.

Christina Wilkie

Michelle Obama Wins Big Against Powerful Corporate Interests

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- First lady Michelle Obama announced sweeping changes to the "Nutrition Facts" label on most packaged foods on Thursday, marking a major ...

Obama Administration Announces Sweeping Update To Nutrition Labels

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK and DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ice cream lovers beware: The government knows you're unlikely to stop after half a cup. New nutrition labels propos...

Zohydro: The FDA-Approved Prescription for Addiction

Andrew Kolodny, M.D. | Posted 02.26.2014 | Science
Andrew Kolodny, M.D.

In a few weeks, a powerful new opioid painkiller called Zohydro is expected to hit the market. Zohydro's easily crushed capsules will contain up to 50 milligrams of pure hydrocodone, 10 times more hydrocodone than a regular Vicodin. One capsule will pack enough to kill a child.

When Health Is Your Business: Pharmacies Must Stop Selling Cigarettes

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 02.24.2014 | 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.

10 Facts About Food Regulation The Government Hopes You Won't Notice

Posted 04.01.2014 | Taste

Americans put a lot of faith in the government when it comes to food regulation. We trust that our meat is pathogen-free, and that raw fruits and vege...

Genetic Testing Needs a Nudge

Dov Fox | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Dov Fox

This innovative approach to the management of genetic health information better balances the goals of patient health and consumer freedom. Genetic testing is the next frontier of personalized medicine. But it needs a nudge.

Hold the Mayo & Azodicarbonamide: Fixing FDA Should Be First Step to Overhaul National Regulatory System

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.16.2014 | Food
Steven Kurlander

Forget the calories, the question that Americans should be asking, and demanding an answer to, is whether regulations over the preparation and delivery of our food are improving our diet and health.

CVS, Good for Public Health and Good for Shareholders

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

CVS/pharmacy announced on February 5, 2014, that it would pull tobacco products from its stores by October. The benefit of improved heart health, reduced chronic burden of disease, and household economies saving money on the direct cost of cigarettes? Priceless.