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Making the Shift from Raising Awareness to Raising Healthy Kids

David Satcher, MD, PhD | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
David Satcher, MD, PhD

Schools provide many opportunities, and share a responsibility, to help children learn healthy habits, if for no other reason than because such habits are intrinsically linked to academic success.

How to Influence and Maintain a Culture of Innovation

Vala Afshar | Posted 04.17.2015 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Innovation and the federal government are not words that we often hear together, but Bryan Sivak, who is the Chief Technology Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services in the United States Federal Government, is changing that.

How Do I Pay the ACA Penalty?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 04.15.2015 | Money
Christina LaMontagne

Tax season always brings its share of frustrations, and with new requirements under the ACA, you're certainly not the only one concerned about changes this year. Take your time to carefully read all of the instructions when reporting and filing your tax returns this year, and don't be afraid to seek help when you have questions.

Cuba's Preventative Medical System; Economically Efficient and Medically Effective

Maxwell D. Dotson | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Maxwell D. Dotson

It bears pointing out that Cuba has had incredible, effective results, and is using them to reshape how developing countries tackle critical healthcare concerns in a world of economic constraint.

A Daughter Gives Up Her Life To Take Care Of Mother With Alzheimer's

Mary Alice Stephenson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Style
Mary Alice Stephenson

I asked Jennifer Krychowecky what she gave up during her nine-year journey caring for her mother, Linda Krychowecky, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at the age of 59. Her response was eye opening.

Don't Do It to Yourself... Until You Read This First

Richard Schechtman, D.D.S. | Posted 04.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard Schechtman, D.D.S.

Creativity and innovation fuel technological advances, which brings value to healthcare. Unfortunately, the DYI of orthodontic treatments "dumbs down" a process that requires an expert's evaluation, in person.

The Side Effects of Rx Advertising

Eric J. Hall | Posted 04.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

The problem is that DTC advertising can take medical decision-making out of the hands of professionals and put it into the hands of TV viewers who can easily be seduced by what they see.

Anna Deavere Smith on the 44th Jefferson Lecture and the Search for American Character

Greg Archer | Posted 04.03.2015 | Arts
Greg Archer

Humanities, the arts, words, culture, character, the language that people really speak when they speak to each other -- oh, these are creatively deep waters for somebody like Anna Deavere Smith to swim through.

The Healthcare Industry: A Prescription to Help Heal Racial Economic Inequality

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 04.03.2015 | Business
Dedrick Muhammad

The healthcare industry is a longstanding anchor in many urban centers. Poised to add nearly 5 million jobs to the economy over the next decade, this industry is uniquely positioned to expand job creation and wealth-building opportunities to some of our country's most economically vulnerable communities.

Scary Stupid Senators' Stunts

Gerry Myers | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Democrats need to find their voice. In 2016 there are 198 Democratic seats in the Senate and House that will be up for election.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Obamacare Expands Coverage For Latinos | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

Obamacare has increased health coverage for Latinos, yet one in four remain uninformed about ACA marketplaces. Ted Cruz falls ideologically in line wi...

Six Frightening Facts You Need to Know About Health Care

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Robert J. Szczerba

Regardless of your political persuasion, there are some facts about the health care industry that are not well known to the general public but are key to the realization that the system is broken and that change is desperately needed.

How America's Hungry Families Balance Nutrition, Housing And Health Care

Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents

According to a 2014 study by Feeding America, one in seven people in the U.S. receives food assistance from its nationwide network of 200 member food ...

Man Marries Diabetes in Downtown New York City

Riva Greenberg | Posted 03.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Photo credit Michael Dote. The invitation read "Marry the Beast," and more than 100 people were in attendance. The marriage was actually a commitmen...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Poll Shows Uptick In Obamacare Favorable Rating | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

The Kaiser Family Foundation finds an uptick in favorable impressions of the ACA. Pollsters begin to explain what they think went wrong in Israel. And...

Basic Safety Programs Dramatically Cut Tragedies in Childbirth

Taylor Lincoln | Posted 03.19.2015 | Parents
Taylor Lincoln

It turns out that solutions exist to preventing a significant percentage of the tragedies that cause all of this suffering and handwringing. A new Public Citizen report recounts childbirth safety initiative undertaken by four organizations in the past 15 years that have generated striking results.

11 Million Customers Hit In Latest Health Insurance Hack

Reuters | Jim Finkle | Posted 03.17.2015 | Technology

BOSTON, March 17 (Reuters) - Health insurer Premera Blue Cross said on Tuesday it was a victim of a cyberattack that may have exposed medical data and...

Key Southern States Are Hearing From the People They Left Out of Health Coverage

Felicia Willems | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Felicia Willems

It's not too late for state lawmakers who've decided not to expand Medicaid to change their minds (or be replaced by those who support it). Each and every one of us in these states need to be contacting our lawmakers and asking them to do so, because too many uninsured people have been shamed into silence.

Workers at Louisiana Refineries Assess Tentative USW-Shell Deal

Susan Buchanan | Posted 03.15.2015 | Business
Susan Buchanan

The United Steelworkers Thursday reached a possible four-year pact with Shell Oil in a seven-state strike that spread to 12 refineries and three other plants. Three weeks ago, most of the USW's more than 700 combined members joined the walkout.

Combatting Inequality in Rural Guatemala Through Community Partnerships: A Roller Coaster to Success

Maxwell D. Dotson | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact
Maxwell D. Dotson

By any physical, mental or spiritual measure, the journey to Aguacate, Guatemala, is daunting. It's a 10-and-a-half hour roller coaster ride, careening through the passages of the Cuchumatanes mountain range.

Compassion Around the World: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Just over two years ago The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world.

Billed for 'Free' Preventive Care

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 03.11.2015 | Money
Christina LaMontagne

I recently took advantage of free preventive care at my annual well woman visit, including some blood work. But I received a bill from an outside lab for balances left unpaid by my insurance company.

Stepping out of the Shadows, Together for Women and Girls

Tina Tchen | Posted 03.10.2015 | Women
Tina Tchen

Today, the Office of National AIDS Policy, Office of the Vice President, and the White House Council on Women and Girls commemorate the 10th observance of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

I Started Starving Myself When I Was 7

Ravishly | Posted 03.10.2015 | Women

At age 7, I began counting calories and lost seven pounds. I remember that number, because I had apparently done better than my grandmother, who had also recently gone on a diet.

Major Hypoglycemia News From Paris Diabetes Conference

Riva Greenberg | Posted 03.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Severe hypoglycemia (very low blood sugar) is the dreaded fear of most people with diabetes. It can kill you. A few weeks ago at the Advanced Techno...