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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?

Silent Killer Among Asian Americans

Helen Ouyang, MD, MPH | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Helen Ouyang, MD, MPH

As May brings Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, beyond honoring the cultures with food, dance, stories, and parades, we ought to take this opportunity to raise awareness about hepatitis-B prevention and early diagnosis.

War-Gaming Cell Phone Science Protects Neither Brains Nor Private Parts

Devra Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Devra Davis, Ph.D.

Whenever a report pops up questioning cell phone safety, a contrary report stands ready in the wings to cast doubt about its legitimacy.

The New York Times Bungles the Latest Salt Report

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The Times not only fanned unfounded fears that cutting sodium is risky, but it failed to inform readers that vanishingly few Americans consume the very-low-sodium levels that the IOM considered.

Thank You, Angelina Jolie

Elizabeth Swisher, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Swisher, M.D.

I admire Angelina for taking the unselfish view that she will do whatever it takes to be sure she will be around to parent her children. And I commend Angelina for making her decision public and thereby supporting other women who face an increased cancer risk.

Wellness Coverage and Obamacare

Sherry Kahn | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Sherry Kahn

Everyone is talking and worrying about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which became law in 2010. What has received less attention are the provisions for preventive care and potentially increasing access to health care providers who practice from a whole person, naturalistic perspective.

Want to Help Heal the World? Start by Sharing Your Health Data

Stacy Lu | Posted 07.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Stacy Lu

Ideally, precision medicine will lead to improved diagnosing and customized treatment based on personal genetics, and include a feedback loop to monitor effectiveness. UCSF already has a number of related initiatives on board.

The View From Here: GOP Inaction on Medicaid Expansion Fires Up Progressives

Gary Stein | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Gary Stein

After a raucous 60-day session, the Florida House and Senate went home, leaving two irreconcilable health care bills and at least $5 billion on the ta...

Busted Gut? Maybe Trust Your Gut

Craig Bowron | Posted 07.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Craig Bowron

Although everyone is stressed out to some degree, and everyone has occasions where they feel their negative emotions in their gut, those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) seem to have an enhanced sensitivity to the feedback that the gut sends to the brain.

Do TV Commercials Tell the Truth About Drugs?

Howard J. Bennett, M.D. | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Howard J. Bennett, M.D.

There are many reasons to be skeptical when you see drugs ads on TV. Doctors don't like these ads because patients end up asking for the newest drugs even though older products may be safer, more effective and less expensive.

Saving the Lives of Women Worldwide

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Mother's Day is a celebration of life and reflects the importance of women to their families, communities and countries. However, worldwide HIV/AIDS robs women and girls of their potential and health.

Validating Mrs. X

Ali Ansary | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Ali Ansary

Reinventing health care begins with allowing patients to be part of the decision making process, as lab results become more meaningful than a set of numbers that can either fall below, above or in between the normal range.

Declaring War Against Energy Drinks

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 07.08.2013 | Miami
Spencer Aronfeld

I hope Governor Scott is watching this battle closely, as Florida's Department of Health needs to implement a strategy to educate parents and teens about the dangers of energy drinks.

Navigating Health Care and Information -- Health Care Journalists Share Insights for Consumers (Part 1)

Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

With more consumers turning to the Internet to search for health information, the process can be labor intensive, leaving consumers confused and wondering if the information presented is accurate or just hype.

Are Eggs Killing Your Heart?

Adam Bornstein | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Adam Bornstein

Before I could preach the benefits of eggs and slam the study, I had to make sure that this new research didn't uncover something that the previous work did not. After all, one of my biggest complaints with the health industry is that we're afraid to admit when we're wrong.

The Experience of TEDMED 2013

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cindy Haines

So what's really the point of TEDMED? To liberate from routine and help our most innovative thinkers take chances and do things they wouldn't normally do, see things through a different lens. Innovate our way to a better future.