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mHealth: My Father's First Cellphone and the Evolution of Risk

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 05.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr Layla McCay

Cellphones are being used in prevention, diagnosis and treatment, from prenatal to the last years of life, right across the spectrum of care. In health and development, "mHealth" (short for "mobile health") is the new black.

Qnexa: A Magic Bullet for Weight Loss?

Gerard E. Mullin, M.D. | Posted 05.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Gerard E. Mullin, M.D.

I still have many questions about the safety of Qnexa, regardless of its effectiveness. Do the potential risks outweigh the potential benefits? The jury is still out.

Women's Health Care is Stronger Thanks to the Health Care Law

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

Over the last two years, women have begun to see the better health, better care, and lower costs that everyone deserves. And over the next two years, women will continue to see stronger benefits and protections for them and their families.

World Sleep Day: How Much Shuteye Do Kids Really Need?

Mary A. Carskadon, Ph.D. | Posted 05.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Mary A. Carskadon, Ph.D.

Our hope is that by understanding the scientific record and context beyond these two recent splashes in the literature, the pediatric sleep community's service to parents and health professionals can be restored.

Were Women's Bone Scans Bone Scams?

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 05.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

Women are in such danger of osteoporosis they need regular bone scans. But a recent article reveals that the warnings don't apply to 90 percent of women who have been getting the scans -- and the bone drugs the scans were designed to sell -- for no reason.

To Be Rare Or to Be Neglected: For a Disease, That Is the Question

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 05.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr Layla McCay

In terms of the science, it seems that "rare diseases" are more likely to be neglected than so-called "neglected tropical diseases." Perhaps in terms of NTDs, it's not the diseases but the people who have been neglected?

The Happy Birthday Bypass: Final Heart Month Blog -- Day 29

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

In between the first and last of 29 days of blogging on heart attacks, someone I knew and loved had gone from being unable to participate in a heart study to narrowly missing the "widow maker." Heart disease is that stealthy.

Women Of Color Benefit From Contraceptive Coverage In Employer Plans

Jessica Arons | Posted 04.30.2012 | Latino Voices
Jessica Arons

Women of color experience much higher rates than their white counterparts. This new regulation guaranteeing access to no-cost contraception will give women of color a much-needed chance to close these gaps.

Pharmageddon: Can A New Weight Loss Drug Really Save Us?

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 04.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

There is a solution to our obesity epidemic. But it is not at the bottom of a pill bottle. It is at the end of our forks. It is simply more effective than any medication and works better, faster, and cheaper, not just as prevention, but also as treatment for what ails us in the 21st century.

Qnexa: Desperate Measure For Desperate Times

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.25.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

FDA approval of Qnexa will represent a rather desperate measure at a desperate time for desperate individuals of a desperate society. So be it. But our desperate need to address this problem decisively is long overdue and should be the mother of far better invention than this.

Synthetic Marijuana: A New Clear and Present Danger

Gregory Bunt, M.D. | Posted 04.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Gregory Bunt, M.D.

What can be done to reduce synthetic drug abuse, of K2 and many other dangerous drugs, is not simply legislation or enforcement. It is education, public awareness and early intervention.

New Study: Common Over-the-Counter Drugs May Reduce Spread of Cancer

Dr. Nalini Chilkov | Posted 04.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Nalini Chilkov

A new study reveals that the spread of cancer may be reduced with common over-the-counter drugs.

Part II: Antibiotics Injected Directly Into Eggs and Other Big Pharma Secrets

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 04.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

It was not a great surprise that the FDA's new cephalosporin livestock rules have the Agribusiness Seal of Approval. It was Big Pharma and Agribusiness lobbying that killed its stronger cephalosporin rules issued four years after.

Are You Eating Antibiotics Without Knowing It? Probably!

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 04.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

So far, 2012 is bringing bad news for people who don't want "free antibiotics" in their food. Antibiotics are routinely given to livestock on factory farms to make them gain weight with less feed and keep them from getting sick in confinement conditions.

Nutrition in a Second-Rate Hen House

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.11.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This week, Wal-Mart announced the release of its home-grown, front-of-pack nutrition guidance system. Can we possibly be that gullible? If so, we probably all deserve to be eating whatever the big companies selling food tell us we should.

Super Bowl Sunday and the Elixir of Fat

Joel Epstein | Posted 04.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Joel Epstein

This Super Bowl Sunday both on and off the field viewers watched the Giants and the Patriots. Between plays and at halftime, the off-the-field giants were Big Soda, with their ads for their elixir of obesity and diabetes.

Finding Health in the Theme of Memes

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Unlike genes, over which we do not have true mastery and are unlikely to any time soon, memes are of our own devising. We have the means to make them do what we want.

Great Things Happen When We Work Together

Susan K. Neely | Posted 04.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan K. Neely

The next time you walk down the beverage aisle in your local grocery store or go to grab a drink from the cooler in the corner store, we hope you'll find the calorie labels useful and within the wide variety of choices something that works for you.

Progesterone: The Oldest "New" Drug to Nearly Reach the Market

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 04.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

There is a certain comfort that comes from prescribing an approved drug for its FDA-indicated purpose. However, the most exciting news in preterm birth prevention resulted from two studies published in 2003 using compounded progesterone. Since then, the involvement of Pharma and the FDA seems only to have undermined patient care.

Do These Drug Ads Offend You?

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 04.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

It's no secret that drug ads that sow hypochondria, raise health fears and "sell" diseases are often the most common -- and effective -- even when the drugs themselves are of questionable safety.

Help Wanted! IHPC Stakeholder Report Details Integrative Medicine Opportunities in the Affordable Care Act

John Weeks | Posted 03.31.2012 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

If you believe that empowering health-focused, integrative approaches and practitioners can make a difference in transforming U.S. health care, the convening of this event was a beautiful thing to behold.

The London Declaration: A Tipping Point For The World's Poor

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

In London today, global health leaders announced an unprecedented commitment to control or eliminate 10 diseases by the end of this decade.

The PIP Affair and Trust in Health Care

Michael Yaremchuk, M.D. | Posted 03.28.2012 | Health News
Michael Yaremchuk, M.D.

There has been a great deal written recently about the now-banned silicone breast implants made by Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP), a French company which has since closed down. It was found that PIP substituted industrial grade silicone for medical grade silicone, which led to the closing of PIP's manufacturing facility in the spring of 2010.

The Million Dollar Bagel: Harvard Doctor Fights Back

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 03.26.2012 | Health News
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

It is dismaying that a Harvard Medical School physician would argue against a new law calling for more transparency in physicians' financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies.

Parabens and Breast Cancer: A New Study Brings More Questions Than Answers

Susan M. Love | Posted 03.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan M. Love

To get breast cancer, you need to have mutated cells as well as a local tissue environment that is egging them on. It is certainly possible that parabens can contribute to this environment. However, this study only tells us that they are ubiquitous in the cancerous breast. That does not mean that they are the cause of cancer.