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Let's Move More Than Our Lips!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This time, let's prove we aren't all talk and no action. This time, let's demonstrate we aren't hypocrites. This time, let's prove we really are a nation of loving parents and grandparents, concerned and responsible adults. This time, let's move more than our lips.

The New York Times Bungles the Latest Salt Report

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The Times not only fanned unfounded fears that cutting sodium is risky, but it failed to inform readers that vanishingly few Americans consume the very-low-sodium levels that the IOM considered.

Help People Follow the Doctor's Orders: Insurers Must Expand Coverage of Prevention

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

For too long, our system has been set up to focus on "sick care," instead of helping us all stay healthier in the first place. This needs to change and, thankfully, it has begun to.

Congress Calls For Pentagon To Assess Sexual Assault

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A new report required by Congress recommends that the Defense Department assess how well commanding officers handle sexual assault ...

Medical Attention Required: Sequestration and the 'U.S. Health Disadvantage'

Rishi Manchanda | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Rishi Manchanda

A growing body of research now shows that Americans -- rich or poor, minority or not -- suffer from a widening "health disadvantage" when compared to citizens of other high-income countries.

Advancing the Public Health System by Defining the Foundational Capabilities of Public Health

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

With adequate, stable funding that ensures basic foundational capabilities, the nation's chief health strategists can take advantage of several evolving opportunities to turn the nation's sick care system into a true health care system.

The California Stem Cell Program: Attacked and Defended

Don C. Reed | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Few institutions are more beloved -- and more often attacked -- than the California stem cell research program, the California Institute for Regenerat...

Best Health Care System In The World? Apparently Not

Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

Politicians like to tell us that America has the best health care in the world. This patriotic sentiment runs counter to innumerable studies that show...

Doctors Can Eliminate Waste From Health Care

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 11.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

There is another less-talked-about reason for unnecessary services. One person's waste is another person's income. Another cardiac catherization, another back surgery means more income for doctors, hospitals and the health care system and its archaic administrative services.

Our Health Care System Wastes $750 BILLION Per Year

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year — roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar — through unneeded care, ...

Why a Form Collecting Race, Ethnicity and Preferred Language Data?

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 08.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

To help assure quality care for all, federal mandates have been issued requiring capture of information on race, ethnicity and language data as self-reported by patients or their caregivers. New regulations require hospitals to identify/address these health care disparities.

STUDY: Why So Many Floridians Are Dying Prematurely

The Huffington Post | Christiana Lilly | Posted 06.22.2012 | Miami

Florida has the third highest number of people who die prematurely each year because they are without health insurance, according to a Families USA st...

Alexander Eichler

Report: Lack Of Health Care Leads To 26,000 Deaths A Year | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.20.2012 | Business

Not having health insurance could put your life at risk. Or it might not make any difference at all. A new study has calculated that more than 26,0...

The Problem With Our Approach To The Obesity Epidemic

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.19.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Fundamentally, we have converted a world in which calories were relatively scarce and hard to get and physical activity unavoidable into a world where physical activity is scarce and hard to get and calories are unavoidable.

It is Wrong to Ransom College Affordability with Preventive Health Funds

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Leslie Gerwin

Failing to support public health weakens our nation's security. It is ironic that given limited funds and competing needs, Republican budget proposals cut human services and increase defense spending.

Why Everyone Should Celebrate Jim Yong Kim's Election as President of the World Bank

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 06.25.2012 | World
Leslie Gerwin

This is a moment for Americans to recognize what Dr. Kim's work teaches us -- economic health depends upon healthy people and healthy communities.

Am I a Woman or Am I a Puppet?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

In light of the aggressive attack on women's health by the Right, perhaps we should ask -- "Am I a woman or am I a puppet?" Our strings are being pulled far to the right, and many of us are fed up.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Chimp Research: The Beginning Of The End? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.09.2012 | Science

2012-01-09-fjkdjfjdkfkdjfefd.jpgOther than the West African nation of Gabon, we are the only country in the entire world that still experiments on chimps.

Who Is More Essential? You or Health Insurers?

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The money that patients' rights advocates have to spend to convince the administration that Americans should have decent health care benefits pales in comparison to the boatloads of cash insurers and their corporate allies have on hand to do largely the opposite.

Hillary Clinton Is Right About HIV/AIDS: Time To Enact A Global Health Service Corps

Anand Reddi | Posted 01.09.2012 | Impact
Anand Reddi

Some may argue that enacting the Global Health Service Corps, especially in the era of U.S. government austerity measures, is not prudent.

New Nutrition Guidelines: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.22.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A committee commissioned by the Institute of Medicine just released its report on front-of-pack nutrition guidance. The recommendations are good in that they may help prevent the food industry from doing bad. The recommendations are bad if they forestall the implementation of superior approaches. And the recommendations are downright ugly if...

Jennifer Grey's New Role: Educating Chronic Pain Sufferers

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 12.07.2011 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

When I sat down with Jennifer Grey, I didn't ask about Dirty Dancing. Yet it came up because the year the movie was released (1987) coincided with the car accident that left Grey with whiplash damage and chronic pain.

Vaccines Generally Safe And Side Effects Are Rare, New Report Says

The Huffington Post | Amanda Chan | Posted 10.25.2011 | Healthy Living

After reviewing more than 1,000 studies on the subject, a panel of experts from the Institute of Medicine released a report Thursday stating vaccines ...

Will President Obama Continue To Support Conscience Rights?

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 09.21.2011 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

In 2010, President Obama assured the nation that the new health reform law would maintain conscience protections. Will the President assert himself to safeguard conscience protections now?

A Victory for Women's Health

Rep. Lois Capps | Posted 09.18.2011 | Women
Rep. Lois Capps

Today, the Institute of Medicine released an important report, Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps, that recognizes the importance of access to preventive health services for women.