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The Meningitis Outbreak: Don't Expect Miracles From the FDA

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 12.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Joanne Doroshow

The good news for states is drug industry immunity only kicks in if the drugs in question are FDA-approved. And thanks to the first-rate influence-peddling and lobbying prowess of compounding pharmacists, the tainted steroid shots at issue today are free and clear of FDA regulation.

A Better Deal?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

The ability to buy in bulk, as smart as it may be as a strategy for some people and in certain situations, has been shown as a leading contributor to overconsumption that is now all too common in our society.

Genetically-Modified Organisms or GMOs: What Are You Really Eating?

Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D. | Posted 12.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D.

There is an interesting aspect of the argument over labeling GM products that is centered upon our individual right to guide our own lives and make our own choices. When it comes to the most basic of human needs, the food that we eat should be our choice, and ours alone. There is no place for "Big Ag" at my dinner table.

The Best Health News Ever

Posted 10.11.2012 | Healthy Living

Between foods that are making us fat, the behaviors that are slowly killing us, the outbreaks and recalls and epidemics we can't escape, it can someti...

The HPV And Cancer Stats You Can't Afford To Ignore

Mehmet Oz, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Mehmet Oz, M.D.

The scary truth is that many women don't know they have HPV. You may believe you aren't at risk anymore if you're married or in a monogamous relationship. This simply isn't true.

A Misguided Mandate: Is Banning Sugary Beverages the Answer to the Obesity Epidemic?

Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D. | Posted 10.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D.

I applaud Mayor Bloomberg's dedication and willingness to take a stand against opponents to the ban and all the name calling criticism he has received. At the same time, banning supersize soda alone misses the point.

Are The Coca Cola Bears In Trouble?

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The Real Bears is an animated short film we produced in order to tell the truth about Big Soda. Jason Mraz was kind enough to write and record an original song just for this project. We may not have the big budgets that Coke and Pepsi have, but we do have the truth.

Meningitis Scare: What Are the Legalities of Pharmacy Compounding?

Arlene Weintraub | Posted 12.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Arlene Weintraub

It will be interesting to see if the current meningitis crisis prompts the federal government to take a fresh look at the rules and regulations governing compounding pharmacies.

Two Ways to Help Relieve Fibromyalgia

Elaine Gavalas | Posted 12.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Elaine Gavalas

There is no definitive test for fibromyalgia, making it difficult to diagnose and treat. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is currently unknown. Current research reports that two mind-body exercises, yoga and tai chi, can help relieve fibromyalgia.

Updating School Food, and Why Kids Aren't Lovin' It!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.08.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We want our kids to eat well because we want them to be healthy, and we want them to be healthy because we love them. They need to know that -- and that job resides with families, not government. They need to know that they can wind up loving foods that love them back.

The Real Face of Health Care Today

Rick Ayers | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick Ayers

The Waiting Room is a punch to the gut, an unblinking gaze at the real lives of people cast off and left out of the medical system in the U.S. Shot in cinema verité style, the film takes place entirely in the emergency room at Oakland's Highland Hospital.

Back to the Future: A Return to Smaller Beverage Sizes

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

New York City's Board of Health recently approved Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to limit the sizes of sweetened beverages. The regulation restricts the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in restaurants, movie theaters, sports arenas and delis.

Goodbye Blank Screen

David J. Hellerstein, M.D. | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
David J. Hellerstein, M.D.

We older therapists, digital immigrants -- if not digital refugees -- may cling to the delusion we can hide ourselves from the Web. For the younger generation, digital natives all, there will be no way to erase their footprints.

Cara Santa Maria

People Get Poop Transplants?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 09.27.2012 | Science

For some intestinal diseases, like colitis caused by Clostridium difficile, doctors may recommend a treatment that's far from glamorous--in fact, some...

Healthier School Meals Despite Agribiz Lobbying

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Back to school can be a time of adjustment. Just as students might need time to adjust to new teachers and subjects, the school lunch program might need time before it is fully accepted by students or financially successful.

Doctors Can Eliminate Waste From Health Care

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 11.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

There is another less-talked-about reason for unnecessary services. One person's waste is another person's income. Another cardiac catherization, another back surgery means more income for doctors, hospitals and the health care system and its archaic administrative services.

It's the Health Care, Stupid: As Our Health Goes, So Does Our Economic Recovery

Peter Abaci, M.D. | Posted 11.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Peter Abaci, M.D.

Debating how best to stimulate the economy has been anointed as the de facto topic of importance heading into our upcoming election, but let's not forget that the health of Wall Street and Main Street is inextricably linked to the health of our citizens.

Considering a Stem Cell Treatment From a Clinic? Have a Listen

Paul Knoepfler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Knoepfler

I think it will transform medicine over the next two decades, but unfortunately today the phrase "stem cells" is being used right now by folks who simply want your money.

5 Signs of Gynecological Cancer Women Ignore

Posted 09.24.2012 | Women

By: Karen Rowan, MyHealthNewsDaily Managing Editor Published: 09/22/2012 09:27 AM EDT on MyHealthNewsDaily Most women don't know the signs of gy...

Fight Over Sweeteners Is About Profit, Not Health Issues

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

A group of food companies has filed a lawsuit against the Sugar Association, a trade group representing the sugar industry, for making false claims in advertising that allegedly caused loss of profit and other damages.

School Meals Get a Makeover

Jeremy Everett | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeremy Everett

These and other changes are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. I applaud the federal government for taking this important step that allows schools to create and reinforce healthy eating habits.

Why Health Care Needs Social Media

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Relationships are crucial to health. We know that people with more and stronger social connections are more likely to be well and happy, and social media can bolster that.

Sound Mind Sound Body: From Childhood to Adulthood

David Kirsch | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
David Kirsch

As a followup to my "Cooking Healthy for Kid" post, a critical study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on children's over-consumption of salt raises red flags for me.

Obesity and Liver Disease in the Hispanic Community

Michael Goran | Posted 11.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Goran

Public health officials also have a role to play. They should culturally tailor educational programs for the Hispanic community about the dangers of overconsumption of sugar and high fructose corn syrup in particular.

Fatter, Slower, Sicker

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 10.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

The vast majority of Americans still consider their food choices as a personal matter and exercise of individual freedom that should not be regulated or interfered with. That's understandable, but the consequences are plain to see.