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Spring Cleaning the Medicine Cabinets, and Other Ways to Combat Rx Abuse

John J. Castellani | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
John J. Castellani

Now, more than ever, it's crucial for all of us to inventory whether we have unused and expired medicine in our homes and take immediate, safe steps to dispose of them -- before they end up in the wrong hands.

WATCH: Blind Men See Again After Getting Experimental Implant

| Ferris Jabr | Posted 05.04.2012 | Science

Chris James and Robin Millar of the United Kingdom both lost their vision after birth because of a genetic condition known as retinitis pigmentosa, in...

Facebook and Organ Donation: What's Your Status?

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 07.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Harnessing the power of social media for any social good is to be commended, and the issue of organ donation is near and dear to my heart (and kidneys).

Toil, or Tirade? Hard Truths About Hype

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.26.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Tirades are, by their very nature, apt to gain a lot of attention and "go viral." They are dramatic. They are extreme, provocative, and full of intrigue. Hype sells. Unfortunately, much of the time -- it is wrong.

Get Your Doctor to Stop Using Medical Jargon

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Physicians do a terrible job at assessing a patient's health literacy. We are educating a new generation of doctors and nurses to use plain language, but in the meantime there are some steps you can take so you don't fall into the same trap that I did.

Medical Research We Never Hear About: The Problem of Unpublished Studies

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

What most people don't realize, let alone really think about, is that there might be other studies that show that X does none of those things -- and that some of those studies might never have been published.

The Millennial Patient

Bogdan Rau | Posted 06.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Bogdan Rau

In times when I keep track of my finances online, reconnect with old friends online, purchase goods online and go to the movies, you guessed it... online, it's absolutely astounding how it's still rare for me to be able to get my lab results at the click of a mouse.

If Red Meat Would Kill You Before Your Time, Would You Still Eat It?

Mary Bradley | Posted 06.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Mary Bradley

The association of animal protein (especially that loaded with highly saturated fat) and increased health risks is not new. Does the threat of death, as opposed to unpleasant diseases like cancer and heart disease, make a difference in how consumers behave?

Gambling With Your Health: The Dangers Of Counterfeit Drugs

John Clark | Posted 06.23.2012 | Healthy Living
John Clark

Boric acid. Lead paint. Floor wax. Rat poison. You might expect to find these under your sink, but these substances have also made dangerous appearances where you would least suspect: in counterfeit medicines.

Is Logical and Effective Health Care Delivery Still Possible?

Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld

We all need to be part of the solution. If so, then everyone benefits from improved health, and health care services can be provided in a prudent, efficient and effective way.

How TEDMED 'Groupinspire' Could Change the World

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 06.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Layla McCay

Making delegates believe their attendance at a conference will change the world -- and dashing off to do it as a result -- is surely the Holy Grail of conference organizers. Perhaps they should be looking to TED/TEDMED for clues to the formula.

The California Nail Polish Scandal and What it Means for Your Manicure

Amy Ziff | Posted 06.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Ziff

I used to think a mani/pedi made for the perfect relaxing, healthy way to escape from my life for a few minutes. As it turns out, this seemingly-benign reward can be extremely hazardous for our health.

Minus One Equals Zero

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

I am constantly impressed with my 10-year-old autistic daughter Emma's mind and creative use of words. I often think when I listen to her that there's a kind of poetry in the way she phrases things, the way she will use seemingly unrelated words to describe something.

Knocking Out a Silent Killer

Laila Ali | Posted 06.16.2012 | Impact
Laila Ali

As a four-time world champion boxer, I know the importance that an active and healthy lifestyle plays not only in quality of life, but also in preventing diseases. Now is the time to win this fight! Pair Up with a friend or loved one and take steps to knock out kidney disease.

We Can Aim for More Than a Long, Sick, Expensive Life

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 06.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cindy Haines

The problem is actually that we're living longer, but the longevity is fueled by very expensive chronic diseases that were preventable. The dream of living a long, healthy life has been replaced by living a long, sick life.

First Impressions of Our Future Health: Thoughts From TEDMED 2012

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 06.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cindy Haines

This week, I have seen a potential future of the nation's health -- and heard from and interacted with some of the players that are trying to impact and improve it.

Poverty And Obesity: Breaking The Link

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 06.11.2012 | Impact
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

After several decades of steep upswings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that obesity rates in the U.S. may be stabilizing, with no significant change in prevalence over the past two years for children.

Take the 'Bite' Out of HRT

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 06.10.2012 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

Menopause is the great equalizer. It doesn't care which political party you identify with, what your religious background is or whether you're a member of the 1 or 99 percent.

Still Sour: Sugar Politics vs. Health and the Economy

Steve Heilig | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Steve Heilig

The sugar status quo is increasingly bitter, rather than sweet. But it's profitable for some folks, even if others have to pay, and thus change seems long in coming. I suspect that eventually, however, good sense will win out here.

The New Patient Manifesto: A Physician's Perspective

Gregory A. Buford, M.D., FACS | Posted 06.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Gregory A. Buford, M.D., FACS

Medicine has changed, and it has changed for the good. As medical professionals, we must meet this challenge head-on to be in a position that we can interact with you to accomplish great things.

National Public Health Week 2012: Toward a Healthier Nation

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 04.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

This National Public Health Week is a great time to begin moving toward a more active lifestyle. Social responsibility with programs like the National Plan for Physical Activity and the Let's Move Campaign are critical to improving public health.

Ice Cream in the Park, Parenting and Individual Responsibility

Rosalyn Hoffman | Posted 06.05.2012 | Parents
Rosalyn Hoffman

What mom hasn't been overwhelmed by the awesome responsibility of parenthood? And what mom doesn't want to protect her kid from the world around them? But, it's impossible to screen out the real world.

Please Have a Seat, Your Smartphone Will Be Right With You

Karthika Muthukumaraswamy | Posted 05.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Karthika Muthukumaraswamy

Doctors are nowhere close to being wiped out of hospitals by their robotic counterparts, but they could certainly use help in some areas, and swarms of little bots are more than eager to do their bidding.

Do We All Have Behavioral Addictions?

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

The relentless march to medicalize normality out of existence is opening a new and especially ridiculous front. The DSM-5 suggests providing a new section for "behavioral addictions."

Supreme Court Justices Will Determine the Fate of AIDS in America

Paul Kawata | Posted 05.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul Kawata

Providing access to health care for low-income Americans is absolutely essential if we are to bring an end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.