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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Big Food Controversy

Andy Bellatti | Posted 08.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

For years, many of my colleagues and I have voiced our discontent that the professional organization that represents us takes money from and partners with the likes of Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, McDonald's, and Hershey's, supposedly to foster dialogue with the industry and help Americans get healthier.

Talking About HIV: Can We Get a Little Help From Visible Friends?

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick

As the moment of levity passed, his smile faded because I wanted to know why he'd chosen to use a fictional HBO character as a next of kin in an official health record. I knew his silence meant he was still struggling with his diagnosis and worse, he probably hadn't told anyone.

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.

Theater of the Absurd in Congress: Do We Really Favor Fortified Borders Over Curing Cancer?

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Deborah J. Cornwall

Congress is about to fulfill our most negative fears, demonstrating the absurdity of their nonsense dialogue in pursuit of meaningless actions that are nearly impossible to execute toward goals that are nearly unachievable.

Forgotten Dimension of Diabetes Revealed in DAWN2 Study

Riva Greenberg | Posted 08.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

You can have access to better medicines and tools and yet do little because you haven't got the emotional strength, resilience and support to get up every day and manage this chronic condition.

Just My Opinion

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.23.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In my opinion, science should not be treated like a ping pong ball. No one study replaces all that came before. Every study should be interpreted in context, situated into the prior body of accumulated understanding, because that's where studies make sense.

Would the Bloomberg Soda Ban Unfairly Target Poor People?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 08.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The interesting question a new study set out to answer focuses on the argument that the so-called soda ban isn't fair because it disproportionately affects low-income people.

The Unlikely Force Driving Teen Prescription Drug Addiction: Parents?

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 08.18.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

A recent study by The Partnership at Drugfree.org reveals that parents are taking a hands-off approach to prescription drugs even though we have clear evidence of the magnitude of the epidemic.

Lab-Grown Organs May Help Patients Like Sarah Murnaghan

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- By the time 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan finally got a lung transplant last week, she'd been waiting for months, and her parents had sued t...

The Two-Faced Nature Of Stress

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

The effects of stress on willpower are a staple of romantic comedies. A character goes through a difficult romantic breakup, and in the next scene, she is sitting on the couch smeared in ice cream with empty wrappers strewn on the couch. Because these breakdowns of willpower are so clear when they happen, you might think that stressful situations bring out your worst behavior.

Why a Cap on Sugary Drinks May Work

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 08.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

Obesity and diabetes are major public health problems in the city of New York as well as in other parts of the U.S., and limiting the sizes of sugar-sweetened drinks is certainly worth trying.

Statins and Cancer: More Questions Than Answers

Dr. Paul J. Rosch | Posted 08.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paul J. Rosch

At present, it is impossible to prove that statins have any effect on the development or spread of cancer. It may take decades for a carcinogenic effect to surface, and by then, a relationship may not be recognized, especially if statins have been discontinued.

But What About Alex?

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 08.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

As we rally around, trying to distance or identify with the parent, Alex and those like him are all but forgotten. His life is seen as an example of what some must endure. But what about Alex? What about what Alex had to endure?

Surprised by MERS? The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus

Dr. William Karesh | Posted 08.12.2013 | Green
Dr. William Karesh

As with earthquakes, we can do much to reduce the chances of people being hurt by emerging infectious diseases. We know where new diseases are most likely to occur. We need to invest more effort in developing countries, especially those that are rapidly changing.

How Did a Hepatitis Virus Get Into Organic Berries?

Michele Simon | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Michele Simon

The latest example of how even health-conscious eaters are not immune from food-borne illness outbreaks came last week with a recall of organic frozen berries contaminated with Hepatitis A. The products were sold under the brand name of Townsend Farms at two large chains.

How Diet Can Bug Your Gut

Dr. Franck Carbonero | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Franck Carbonero

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the potential relation between diet, microbiome and colorectal cancer risk. To explore this disparity, we switched the diet in healthy subjects from a traditional high fat, high meat, low fiber Western diet to a high fiber Zulu African diet, and vice versa.

Unity, Balance, and Power

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The notion that parasites are ravaging populations -- and clearly, they are -- is hard to reconcile with the already-impressive and fast-accumulating evidence that the aftermath of eradicating parasites is ravaging other populations.

The State of Health Care by the Numbers: How 5 Percent of Americans Are Causing 50 Percent of Our Bills

Adam Bosworth | Posted 08.11.2013 | Business
Adam Bosworth

Until we face the music and change the current model to one that actually makes people pay more for reckless health behavior themselves rather than making others pay for them one they have to pay the piper, it is unclear to this writer that things will fundamentally turn around.

Following in the Footsteps of the Craniofacial Masters

Michael Yaremchuk, M.D. | Posted 08.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Yaremchuk, M.D.

Ortiz-Monasterio, Marchac and Murray were plastic surgeons who broadened the scope of their work to understand and improve all the aspects of the human body and its conditions.

Colorado Governor Signs Bill Regulating Naturopathic Doctors

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

Americans deserve the right to choose the kind of doctor they want to see, and many would like the opportunity to work with a naturopathic doctor side by side with other state of the art medical care providers.

New Rules and Research Mark a Coming of Age for Workplace Health

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Derek Yach

For CEOs this presents an opportunity to re-examine and elevate the standards for workplace programs, choosing the ones based on science-based evidence of measurable impact.

Physicians Need Knowledge of Business Skills to Drive Critical Health Care Industry Change

Vicki Smith-Daniels | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business
Vicki Smith-Daniels

With health care reform looming, sudden changes in the marketplace are likely to be more common. Adopting proven business practices and educating transformational physician and clinician leaders may be the only strategy that drives critically important long-term systematic change.

5 Important Facts About Kidney Cancer

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 08.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

When used to treat small kidney tumors, radical nephrectomy has been shown to increase the risk of developing chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular complications, while partial nephrectomy has less risk of progressive kidney disease and has equal cancer-free survival.

Non-Discrimination: A 'Big Honking Lawsuit' to Advance Integrative Medicine and Health?

John Weeks | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

The avenue merits vigilance and serious exploration as we roll toward January 1, 2014, when the era of nondiscrimination in health care officially begins.

Is the Obama Administration Allowing Industry to Delay Menu Labeling Implementation?

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

Consumers are responsible for making healthy food choices, not industry, food service establishments exclaim. But how can consumers make better choices if industry continues to fight to hide the caloric content of their food?