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Millions of Lives Will Be Changed By Home Health Care Cuts

David Mixner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Mixner

Those of us who lived through the worst of the HIV/AIDS epidemic from the early 1980s through the mid-1990s have a very special spot in our heart for ...

Why I Want a Blue Button

Stephen J. Downs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stephen J. Downs

This morning my colleague, Dr. Carol Diamond of the Markle Foundation, appeared on the Today Show to talk about an initiative called "blue button." ...

A New Labor Standard for Labor Day: Paid Sick Leave

Jake Blumgart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Blumgart

All employees should be able to take time off for their illnesses, not just those lucky enough to have the right job. Experience shows that we can make our economy friendlier to beleaguered workers without harming their employers.

Treat dangerous schizophrenia, the same way we treat TB.

DJ Jaffe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
DJ Jaffe

According to Amenoma Hartocollis of the New York Times, New York City tightened their rules for monitoring discharged patients with tuberculosis becau...

Obesity is Contagious

Dr. Dennis Gottfried | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dr. Dennis Gottfried

As society initiates its battle to end the obesity epidemic, much can be learned from the similar battle waged against cigarette smoking over the past several decades.

Top 5 Orthopedic Fields Indebted to the Device Industry

Ford Vox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ford Vox

Factors other than our patients influence the care physicians provide. In the case of American orthopedic surgery, Factor X is the medical device industry.

Global Health Day Should Include Mental Health

Suzan Song | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Suzan Song

Too often those that suffer from mental illness are marginalized and become victims of stigma. But ignoring or neglecting this population only hurts society as a whole.

There's No Such Thing as an Accident: A Prevention Approach to the Gulf Oil Spill

Larry Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Larry Cohen

Taking action before an incident occurs has saved hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of dollars related to tobacco use, lead poisoning, and car crashes. And like smoking or highway deaths, the oil spill was both predictable and preventable.

How Long Does It Take To Buy a Life-Saving Vaccine?

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

Procurement challenges and differences on pricing policies continue to vex our efforts to get vaccines to the world's neediest children.

"Our Bodies, Ourselves": 40 Years on, Still Circling the Globe

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Bella DePaulo

There are some truths about women's health that may now seem self-evident, but perhaps would not be so obvious if it were not for the ideas espoused, starting so long ago, by "Our Bodies, Ourselves."

Health Care Pizza

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

Solomon really nailed it on the head when he wrote "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun." One of the "old" things under the sun, is health care costs.

Go Bananas During National Food Desert Awareness Month

Mari Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mari Gallagher

Fast, cheap and easy is not a porn film; it's the new American diet.

Free Now To Do the Right Thing

Stephen M. Davidson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stephen M. Davidson

Why do people make dysfunctional health care decisions? The main answer is cost.

The Death Panels Are Real

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

Throughout Congress there are men and women who are making decisions right now that will mean putting some people to death. Sen. Grassley is the ranking member of the Early Grave Commission.

Caring for Health: Expanding the Policy Dialogue

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Abby L. Ferber

Providing universal health coverage is essential, but there are many, many other social policy avenues to pursue if we seek to improve the health of our citizenry.

Medical Boards: What They Do and Why They Matter

Barb Johnston | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barb Johnston

You can have good health insurance, live in a community with state-of-the-art facilities, and yet none of that matters if you can't find a doctor.

Getting Health Reform Right: A Q&A With Jacob Hacker

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Wanted: a framework for comprehensive health reform that provides near-universal coverage, reduces costs, and fosters continued improvement in medical care. Oh -- and the plan must be politically achievable.

Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Turning Us Into Mad Hatters?

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

It turns out that many foods sweetened with high fructose corn syrup contain mercury. Worst of all, the FDA has known about this potential toxin and has continued serving it up since at least 2005.

The Health Care Debate: What It Will Take to Cover Everyone

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

It may take the same sort of grassroots involvement that got Obama elected president to keep the private insurance industry from hijacking the process.

Toil and Trouble
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The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

NOTE: After you click a link, click the title of the item to get the full text or video. This week finds our war hero, on Old Hallow's Eve, having fi...

McCain's Erratic Health Strategy: Now He's Slashing Medicare

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The conclusion seems impossible to avoid: McCain's health care ideas are risky, unstable, and poorly thought out. They could result in a 'healthcare meltdown' that Americans can ill afford.