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The Worst Thing Since White Bread

Ali Cherry | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Ali Cherry

While most Americans think about eating healthy and want to make improvements, more than half say that figuring out their income taxes is easier than knowing what they should and shouldn't eat.

Looking For The Best Wellness Advice? Ask Your Elders

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living

Every day, new research emerges to help us decipher the best ways to live a long and healthy life. And while these findings can be interesting and enl...

Should We Be Guilt-Tripping the Public About Their Health?

Michelle Kelly-Irving | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Kelly-Irving

Research findings on health have a tendency to make people feel guilty about their lifestyles. Should researchers attempt to avoid this guilt-tripping quality? Or, should they, in fact, be putting it to good use?

How Marital Happiness Affects Your Health

Posted 09.25.2013 | Weddings

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, happy marriages make for healthier people. The study, which followed 1...

NIH Launches Unprecedented Call for Input on LGBTI Health

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the premier health research institution in the world, wants us to tell them what we care about in LGBTI and Two-Spirit health. We have from now until Oct. 28 to speak up... or forever wish we had.

Does Look AHEAD Set Us Back?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.28.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The trial is not news because these same results were reported, and received widespread media attention, last fall. This matters, because double dipping gives the impression that this is the second trial in the past year to reach this same conclusion.

Can Oakland Kaiser Transform American Healthcare?

The Contra Costa Times | Sandy Kleffman | Posted 08.10.2013 | San Francisco

It was a nuisance and David Gassman put it off for three weeks, but he finally put a little stool sample into a tube and mailed it to a Kaiser Permane...

What If Everything We Think We Know About Nutrition and Obesity Is Wrong?

Stacy Lu | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Stacy Lu

To begin its quest, NuSI is funding and facilitating what it hopes will be the most rigorous research to date on the relationship between nutrition, obesity and metabolic disease.

'Hear' to Stay: Cochlear Implants for Babies? Oh My!

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

Welcome to a whole new world where we can restore a child's hearing and give them the gift of language. What's next? In the not too distant future, we might repair a child's hearing at birth or give a blind child vision even before she leaves the hospital.

Does Carnitine Really Cause Heart Disease?

Alan R. Gaby, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Alan R. Gaby, M.D.

The bulk of the scientific evidence indicates that carnitine is beneficial for the heart, and the conclusion circulated by the media that carnitine is harmful is unwarranted.

Money, Medicine and Myopia

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I can't say, on the basis of evidence, that NIH is misdirecting vast fortunes from where they could do the most good within our lifetimes. But I certainly do believe it. What I can say is that biomedical research dollars are subject to the same myopia that tends to dominate our personal lives.

When To Ignore Common Sense

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

Here are three widespread beliefs about healthy living that may seem to be based on common sense but that research has revealed to be either partially or entirely wrong.

Understanding Health Myths, Presumptions and Facts

Rachele M. Pojednic, Ed.M, M.S. | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachele M. Pojednic, Ed.M, M.S.

In the scientific world, we live by the tenet "association does not assume causation." That is, just because two things happen to be related, does not mean that one caused the other.

STUDY: Does Your 'Body Type' Predict Your Health?

Christina Huffington | Posted 01.30.2013 | Women

It turns out that "body type" is good for more than just finding out what style bathing suit a women's magazine says is best for your shape. A new...

The (Literally) Life-Altering Benefit Of Marriage

Posted 01.10.2013 | Weddings

The key to longer life might be found in your relationship status. A new study by Duke University Medical Center found that Baby Boomers with perma...

A Prescription for Controlling Health Care Costs: Federal Research Grant Reform

Peter Hilsenrath, Ph.D. | Posted 02.10.2013 | College
Peter Hilsenrath, Ph.D.

Cost increases in health care have appropriated productivity gains and displaced wage increases contributing to middle class income stagnation, and undermining the very stability of our society. Part of the solution is to reframe the national health research agenda.

Eggs As Bad As Smoking? Vitamins Linked To Mortality? 2012’s Most Confusing Studies, Explained

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

The abundance of nutritional research available certainly gives us food for thought when making decisions regarding diet and nutritional supplementation. It can also lead to confusion due to misleading headlines and questionable interpretations of studies.

Dear President Obama and Speaker Boehner

Thomas M. Menino | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Thomas M. Menino

In Washington, "winning the 24-hour news cycle" is victory. You know what victory is for patients down the hall from me? Walking.

Need Cures? Who Ya Gonna Call?

Margaret Anderson | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret Anderson

While we need to celebrate the success stories in medical research that allow us to carry on our lives, we have more work to do. We must ensure that we continue to have a robust flow of scientific discoveries that we can then translate into better health.

Saving More Lives Than Ever

Hillary Clinton | Posted 12.01.2012 | Impact
Hillary Clinton

We want our progress to be transparent and want our partners to ask us hard questions. They can expect that we will do the same.

These Researchers Went to Prison But Their Work Has Not Been Retracted

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 07.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

According to the New York Times, scientific retractions are on the rise. But elsewhere, audacious, falsified research stands un-retracted -- including the work of authors who actually went to prison for fraud.

More Is Not Always Better

Susan M. Love | Posted 04.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan M. Love

When it comes to medicine, all too often we think, "Well, if a little is good for you then more must be better!" But three recently published studies underscore why, when it comes to our health, more may actually be more than we need.

SOPA's Killer Cousin You've Probably Never Heard About

Abdulrahman El-Sayed | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Abdulrahman El-Sayed

Findings from NIH-funded research are used everyday to help doctors make treatment and diagnosis decisions -- not just in America but all over the world. That may end with the Research Works Act.

Janell Ross

Latino Health: An Unsolved Mystery

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 10.11.2011 | Latino Voices

Jonah Garcia is a social worker with what may be one of the toughest gigs in the country. Garcia is a program director at La Clinica de Familia Do...

Searching For Evidence-Based Digital Sex Ed: Pace of Health Research vs. Tech Innovation

Deb Levine | Posted 08.15.2011 | Technology
Deb Levine

We want our children to have medically accurate health education in school. What we don't want is a misinformed teacher. The government agrees.