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

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2014 | 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 04.28.2014 | 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 04.27.2014 | 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 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.

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 04.24.2014 | 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 | Home
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.

The FDA, Sexual Dysfunction and Gender Inequality

Anita H. Clayton, MD | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Anita H. Clayton, MD

Sexual desire is not valued because it is not necessary for a woman to have desire in order to participate in partnered sexual activity. And if sex can occur without desire, the thought that follows is that lack of desire must not be a serious problem.

FDA Announces New Rules To Ensure Safety Of Infant Formula

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents

WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly two decades of study, the Food and Drug Administration proposed rules Thursday designed to make sure that infant form...

The Worst New Drug of 2014?

Maria Rodale | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

Diana Zuckerman, PhD, president of the National Research Center for Women & Families It's only February, so it may seem early to be talking abo...

13 Drugs Whose Risks Emerged Only When They Went Off Patent, Part One

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

Have you ever noticed how warnings about dangerous prescription drug always seem to surface after the drug is no longer marketed and its patent has ru...

FDA Launching Anti-Smoking Campaign Aimed At Youth

AP | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is using ads that depict yellow teeth and wrinkled skin to show the nation's at-risk youth the co...

Is the U.S. Finally Saying 'Goodbye' to Trans Fats?

Kalyn Weber | Posted 04.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Kalyn Weber

Public health folks are very excited about this new FDA ruling. It's a huge deal in U.S. food policy. But that doesn't mean change happens over night. Until these harmful additives are removed from our food supply, consumers should continue to make informed decisions about choosing healthy fats over harmful ones.

Farming's Bitter Pill: Has the FDA Flouted Its Own Evidence About the Safety of Farm Antibiotics?

Andrew Gunther | Posted 01.28.2014 | Green
Andrew Gunther

A damning new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reveals that our government has been ignoring the very real risks to public hea...

Why Are People Ignoring The Deadly Risks Of This Diet Pill?

Posted 01.28.2014 | Healthy Living

Doctors say they are now almost certain that aegeline, a substance naturally found in bael trees, was the harmful ingredient in the weight-loss supple...

Hospitals Facing Worrisome Shortage

Reuters | Posted 03.30.2014 | Business

By Susan Kelly Jan 28 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it is working with the three manufacturers of ...

How FDA and 23andMe Dance Around Evidence That Is Not There

Cecile Janssens | Posted 03.29.2014 | Science
Cecile Janssens

23andMe has to demonstrate that their test predicts all of the 120 common diseases and 25 tests for drug response about which it makes claims - for customers of all ages and ethnicities.

FDA To Revise Nutrition Facts Label For The First Time In 20 Years

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 01.24.2014 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — Those nutrition labels on the back of food packages may soon become easier to read. The Food and Drug Administration says knowled...

FDA Is Testing Caramel Coloring In Soda

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says it is conducting new studies of the safety of caramel coloring in soft drinks and other food...

Dr. Cary's Academy Award Nominations for Best Health Movie

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.23.2014 | Entertainment
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

You have not heard about these nominations, because the Academy really doesn't have a category of Best Health-Themed Movie of the Year. But as a physician, I know that what everyone sees on the big screen causes us to think about our personal lives and experiences and informs many of our conversations.

Time to Retire Horse Slaughter for Good

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Some foreign companies look at beloved American horses and see only two things: profit and food. They want to turn these majestic animals into frozen meat products for Europe and Asia, with no concerns about the unconscionable cost on life, health, the environment, or the integrity of our culture.

First-Of-A-Kind Intellectual Disability Blood Test For Infants Approved

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has cleared a first-of-a-kind blood test that can help predict intellectual disabilities in infan...

Fifty Years After First Surgeon General Report on Smoking, E-Cigarettes Pose Latest Threat to Public Health

Sen. Richard Blumenthal | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Proposed laws that would regulate e-cigarettes are met with opposition from those who dismiss e-cigarettes as products that present little or no risk. They claim e-cigarettes are a great way for smokers to quit smoking without exposing innocent bystanders to hazardous vapor. What they don't tell you is the impact that e-cigarettes are having on people who have never smoked before.