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Health Education Takes Center Stage

Athan G. Bezaitis, MA, MPW | Posted 06.24.2015 | Education
Athan G. Bezaitis, MA, MPW

The Institute of Medicine reports that students in kindergarten through 12th grade get only four to six hours of nutrition education per school year. In a culture where more than a third of young Americans are obese, it's worth looking at what helps these students retain the information they need to maintain a healthy weight.

When Reasonable Policy Discussions Become Unreasonable Personal Attacks

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

It is ironic, offensive, and sad that anyone would suggest that my support of Harvard's divestment position is somehow tied to my outside engagements. That suggestion -- and the recent threats I have received -- defies logic and is contradicted by the record.

USPSTF Draft Guidelines Get a D for Being Dense

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

Inflating over-diagnosis claims to trump the detection of an invasive cancer and bemoaning the disclosure of a woman's dense breast tissue and discussions with health care providers about adjunctive screening will likely increase mortality.

Hawaiian Luaus, Leis and... End-of-Life Care?

Angelo Volandes | Posted 05.11.2015 | Hawaii
Angelo Volandes

White sand beaches and sweet-scented leis are the tropical images most people conjure of Hawaii. Now it is conceivable that the Aloha State will help untangle the Gordian knot of end-of-life healthcare issues.

One Order of Fried Chicken: Hold the Calories

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Right before Thanksgiving, the FDA announced its new regulation requiring restaurant chains as well as those selling ready-to-eat food; from convenien...

Medical Treatment by Brute Force

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Force-feeding started at Guantanamo in response to fear that self-starving captives would stir anti-American ire. It would be ironic were this response itself to rouse worldwide outrage, making allies less likely to collaborate with us and stiffening our enemies' resolve.

Chronicles of Health Creation: 'Never Only Opioids" Urges Imperative for Integrative Medicine in Pain Care'

John Weeks | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

A new eight-page, policy brief, "Never Only Opioids: The Imperative for Early Integration of Non-Pharmacological Approaches and Practitioners in the Treatment of Patients with Pain" argues that it is long past time for the last to be first -- to reverse this order and always bring integrative care options up front, as least as complements.

How Could an ER Miss Ebola? Let Me Explain.

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

The medical pundits are wagging fingers and lecturing everyone about how best to manage this crisis. (Lecturing, that is, from the relative calm and safety of television studios, rather than the in the mind-numbing chaos of the ER.)

Chronicles of Health Creation: Gratitude to Integrative Medicine and Health's Retiring Champion U.S. Senator Tom Harkin

John Weeks | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

In the context of this grassroots uprising of interest, singling out the historic contributions of one person seems inappropriate. Yet for complementary and integrative health policy and inclusion, there is such a giant.

For Policy Discouraging Smoking, FDA Defies Common Sense in Weighing 'Lost Pleasure' Against Health Benefits

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Dana Radcliffe

The ability of the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products is under threat --from the FDA itself.

Improving the American Mental Health System Requires Accurate History

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Today's system is undoubtedly inadequate in many ways -- but it is better than it was when the transition to community mental health policy took place. It's important to recognize this because inaccurate history is not a good guide for making the current system better.

Fixing the VA: An Opportunity for Health Care in the US

Dr. Peter Klatsky | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Dr. Peter Klatsky

In nominating Mr. Bob McDonald to lead the VA, the President chose someone with extensive managerial experience and an honorable military record. I hope Mr. McDonald will use this opportunity not only to fix the many problems at the VA, but to innovate and lead.

How Safety-Net ERs Can Save Health-Care Reform

Andrew G. Lim | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Andrew G. Lim

In the coming years of health-care transition, county-hospital ERs will continue to be the first refuge for America's marginalized and vulnerable populations. They must evolve to become coordinating centers for society's health needs and champions of cost reform.

An Argument Against Food Stamps

Courtney McKinney | Posted 04.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Courtney McKinney

I think we should stop food stamps completely. It's not that I don't think the government should be feeding people, it's that I wouldn't call the op...

How to Sell Health Insurance to Millenials

Angela Perkey | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Angela Perkey

Those of us who fall into this generation are generally not lazy. We also don't think we're invincible, as many assert. Instead, there has been a sizeable communication gap between the government and young adults regarding health care options.

27,000 May Die Next Year Because Republican Governors, Lawmakers Refuse to Expand Medicaid

Ethan Rome | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Governors and lawmakers in 25 states who rebuff federal support to expand state Medicaid programs to 4.8 million low-income people under the ACA are sacrificing thousands of lives and pushing away enormous economic development opportunities.

The Courage And Triumph Of The Patient

Leah Binder | Posted 02.15.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

Many providers still do not grasp that improving patient experience requires something more than studying the issue and implementing a few new policies.

Obamacare Is Not a Reason to Give Up on Government Programs

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

The biggest myth of the Obamacare debate goes like this: The failures of Obamacare prove that the government can't be trusted to run our health care system.

'A Marathon, Not a Sprint': Enroll America Tells Uninsured Floridians About the Federal Exchange

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

With a huge uninsured population, and a legislature that refuses to carry out the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Florida has been a focus of national efforts to promote enrollment in the ACA's federal health insurance exchange.

Stunning News On Preventable Deaths In Hospitals

Leah Binder | Posted 11.30.2013 | Business
Leah Binder

According to a new study just out from the prestigious Journal of Patient Safety, four times as many people die from preventable medical errors than we thought, as many as 440,000 a year.

Too Soon Old and Too Late Smart

Sue Curry, PhD | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Sue Curry, PhD

We have the opportunity and the time to change the culture of health care and the expectations of patients and providers. We have so many effective prevention interventions that address the major causes of chronic disease and early disability and death.

Kentucky: New Survey Shows 78 Percent of Those Polled Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana

The 420 Times | Posted 10.14.2013 | Green
The 420 Times

The latest surveys show that Kentuckians not only want to bring an end to the prohibition of hemp farming but also are very eager to see the reforming of the current laws regarding marijuana.

No Special Fix for Congress Under New Health Reform Rule

Edwin Park | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Edwin Park

Critics of health reform are crying foul, charging that the administration is somehow bending the rules to benefit Congress.  That's incorrect; it's just implementing health reform as the law intended.

Latest Health Reform Repeal Effort Would Make Coverage Less Affordable

Edwin Park | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Edwin Park

The House will likely vote tomorrow on yet another attempt to block health reform, this time by preventing the Treasury Department -- which includes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) -- from implementing any of it.

Correcting the Record on Health Reform's Employer Requirement

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

Critics of health reform's employer responsibility requirement, which says that large employers must offer their workers health coverage or pay a penalty, are incorrectly using a paper we wrote in October 2009 to buttress their case.