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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.

Ebola Outbreak Could Soon Reach Deadly Tipping Point

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2012 | Science

KINSHASA, Sept 13 (Reuters) - An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo risks spreading to major towns if not brough...

4 Harmful Chemicals Lurking In Your Cosmetics

Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.

The Safe Chemicals Act would end the disastrous effects of chemicals that will pass from one generation to another. We would like to think that when we take a shower, shampoo our hair, or apply makeup, we are doing so without inflicting harm to ourselves.

Uninformed Consent, Unshared Decision-Making in the ICU

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

Sadly, informed consent and shared decision-making, the twin pillars of patient-centered health care, aren't the rock-solid structures we would hope for. That's the lesson of a new study in the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.

Diet Industry Supports Mayor Bloomberg's Proposal to Limit Oversized Beverages

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 11.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

One week before the Board of Health is scheduled to vote on Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to limit the sizes of oversized drinks, Weight Watchers and other diet companies are supporting the proposal.

CT Scans in Children: Benefit and Risks

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 10.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

CT examinations, like all medical tests, should be performed only when medically required. The results of the proposed CT or any imaging examinations should answer a clinical question and either confirm or exclude a suspected condition.

Breaking It Down: The West Nile Virus

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 10.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Due to this sudden increase in reported West Nile virus infections, major media outlets have been quick to broadcast stories covering this seasonal epidemic, but are lax on explaining how the virus actually works.

Do You Really Need That Statin? This Expert Says No

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 10.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

Statins are medications that lower cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme involved in its production by the liver and other organs. First approved by the FDA in 1987, statins are arguably the most widely-prescribed medicine in the industrialized world today.

Why Your Doctor Isn't Listening and What You Can Do About It

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 10.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

Being a doctor is stressful. Continuously caring and being empathetic is an impossible expectation. When doctors are under stress the first thing that goes is the ability to listen and care. Unfortunately, these are also the two most important things to you as the patient.

How Much Can The Human Body REALLY Withstand?

Posted 08.13.2012 | Science

By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 08/13/2012 09:21 AM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries One hears epic accounts of people surviving bullets to the brai...

A Hunger to Live Longer: Do Calorie-Restricted Diets Promote Longevity and Slow Aging?

Rob Brooks | Posted 10.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Rob Brooks

Want to live a long time? Who doesn't? Quite a number of smart people have staked their hopes for long life on restricting their calorie intake. It's an idea that rests on a not-inconsiderable body of evidence. But some new developments suggest it may be a questionable strategy.

Cara Santa Maria

Don't Blink! How Long Can Eyes Stare?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 08.09.2012 | Science

How long can you go without blinking? Think back to the last time you were in a staring contest. Do you remember your best time? Incredibly, a man...

Should Your Health Be For Sale to the Highest Bidder?

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 10.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Health care today is in a state of transition. Ultimately, good outcomes must prevail and delivery of services must be based on access to affordable quality care, not on discount shopping.

Confused About Salt?

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 10.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The world's leading health authorities -- from the American Heart Association to the World Health Organization -- have urged people to cut back on salt (sodium). There simply is no controversy: Medical experts are nearly unanimous that we're eating too much salt.

10 Hidden Reasons for U.S. Obesity, Part Two

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 10.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

Eating too much and exercising too little, considered the root of obesity, are not the only probable culprits. Here are some other factors that are often overlooked.

West Nile: What You Should Know

Ilya Bernstein, R.N. | Posted 10.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Ilya Bernstein, R.N.

The New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) reported Monday that the city's first West Nile viral infection of 2012 has been confirmed in a Staten Island man.

WATCH: New Technology Could Help Paralyzed People Communicate

| Posted 07.28.2012 | Science

By Emily Underwood People "locked in" by paralyzing disorders such as Lou Gehrig's disease have long relied on blinks or facial twitches to build...

Big Pharma: Take it Back -- Protect Our Water and Health

Larry Cohen | Posted 09.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Larry Cohen

Safe collection and disposal policies keep medications out of landfills, groundwater and drinking water, and reduce risks of poisoning, suicide, and antibiotic resistance.

Public Hearing on Sugary Drink Ban Gets an Overflowing Crowd

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 09.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

Advocates lined up at the public hearing to speak in favor of the ban on supersized beverages, while opponents complained that the ban was unfair and violated public freedom.

Googling Your Therapist

Lisa Gornick, Ph.D. | Posted 09.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Gornick, Ph.D.

You absolutely should know whether your prospective therapist is well-trained and respected in the community. What you don't need is the Internet fishing trip that yields the price of your prospective therapist's home or her marriage announcement.

Study Shows Why Disfigured People Are Shunned

| Posted 07.25.2012 | Science

By Joseph Bennington-Castro Whether we realize it or not, most of us have a knee-jerk reaction when we see someone with a facial disfigurement, such...

While the FDA's Approval of a New Diet Drug Might Be Big News, It's Not Necessarily Good News

Gregg McBride | Posted 09.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

The FDA recently approved a prescription diet pill named Qsymia. Note that I refer to this as "big news," as opposed to "good news." Personally, I don't think anything out of a jar or bottle can ultimately provide what we really need to take off the excess weight.

K-Y Moisturizer Recalled by FDA: What You Should Know

Mache Seibel, MD | Posted 09.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Mache Seibel, MD

This month, J&J (Johnson and Johnson) was asked to recall more than 69,000 units of it's K-Y Liquibeads products after receiving more than 200 complaints from consumers.

Making AIDS History: Achieving an HIV-Free Generation

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 07.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Of great concern right now is that the remarkable progress toward ending AIDS that has been made over the past decades is being threatened by a decline in resources and the threat of budget cuts to support HIV research and services worldwide.

Binge Eating and Its Impact on the Workplace: An Interview With Richard Bedrosian, Ph.D.

Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D.

Bedrosian's study found that in a company of 1,000 employees, the estimated annual productivity loss due to binge eating is $107,965. Besides the financial loss to a company, why is it important to study the impact of binge eating on work productivity?