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Your Syndrome's Missing Benefit

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.06.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Doctors don't much care for conditions we don't understand well, can't treat effectively, and can't even confirm with a blood test. The frustration that results often translates into one of medicine's more common, and most regrettable missteps: blaming the victim. Patients with syndromes are often overtly, or at least covertly, blamed for their symptoms and engender an "it's all in his/her head" attitude in their doctor.

Behavioral Science May Prove to Be Our Most Important Science

Anthony Biglan | Posted 04.29.2015 | Science
Anthony Biglan

We take for granted the impact of the physical and biological sciences on our world, forgetting that it once took months to get from the east coast to the west coast or to communicate with someone across the ocean.

Let's Stop Debating If Poor Pregnant Women Should Eat Potatoes And Teach Them Proper Nutrition Instead

Slate | L.V. Anderson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact

A new study, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and executed by the nonprofit research group Institute of Medicine, attempts to answer...

No, Chronic Fatigue Symptoms Are Not Made Up

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 02.13.2015 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors are getting a new way to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome — and influential government advisers say it's time to replac...

Jonathan Cohn

Rand Paul's Vaccine Comments Are Just The Latest Chapter In 136-Year-Old Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics

Republicans have learned to dodge questions about climate change by saying, “I’m not a scientist.” When Rand Paul started getting questions abou...

Holism, Holes and Poles

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The trouble with holistic medicine, or integrative medicine, is less the holes that can be poked in it by self-proclaimed sentinels of evidence, and more our prevailing tendency to gravitate to diametric poles. The best way forward is the road less traveled, which lies, as it often does, in the middle.

Lynne Peeples

Veterans Who Flew Agent Orange-Poisoned Planes After Vietnam Now 'A Giant Step Closer To Justice'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.09.2015 | Green

Lingering amounts of the herbicide Agent Orange aboard repurposed airplanes after the Vietnam War could have sickened military veterans, according to ...

Changing the Landscape for Prevention and Health Promotion

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Derek Yach

It is essential to generate and communicate evidence in a way that enables decision-makers to understand the value of investing in prevention while taking into account their priorities, interests and constituencies.

Why We Need to Strengthen the Office of the Surgeon General

Brian Castrucci | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Brian Castrucci

We must take action to ensure that our surgeon general is insulated from politics to allow him to focus and share the best science available with the American people. Equal energy should be spent on calling for reform of the position as is spent on calls for the confirmation of Murthy.

The Most Influential Organization You've Probably Never Heard Of

Robyn Stone | Posted 12.31.2014 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

Many of my friends nodded politely a few weeks back when I told them that I had been elected to the Institute of Medicine. They knew from the tone of my voice that this election was a huge honor for me. But, despite my enthusiasm, the announcement was generally met by a few moments of awkward silence. Some of my friends admitted that they had no idea what the IOM actually does.

What I Am Really Afraid of... And It's Not Ebola

Brian Castrucci | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Castrucci

Whenever there is an outbreak, there is political and public outcry that dies out as soon as it is controlled. We have the great privilege of living largely free of fear from infectious disease, but it comes at a cost -- investment in and ongoing support for the public health system.

Why Dying In America Is Harder Than It Has To Be

Kaiser Health News | Jenny Gold | Posted 09.17.2014 | Business

This article originally appeared on Kaiser Health News. It is time for conversations about death to become a part of life. That is one of the th...

Achieving Universal Health Coverage Requires Investing in Health Systems

John E. Lange | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
John E. Lange

Fundamentally, universal health coverage requires a well-functioning health system. But one only has to look at the scale of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa to understand that underlying health systems in the poorest countries are weak and fragile.

The High Cost Of Sitting Down With Industry

Andy Bellatti | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

The nutritional fable goes something like this: Rather than criticize industry for its questionable practices, health organizations should "sit at the table" with industry leaders and see what compromises can be reached. This all sounds wonderfully cooperative and democratic, but it also ignores some stark realities.

The Fate of Front-of-Pack Labeling That Actually Works

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

News came in the past week that the front-of-pack nutrition guidance program offered by Canada's Heart and Stroke Foundation, presented as a seal of approval in the form of a check mark, was being decommissioned. With all due respect to my friends at the Foundation, and the good intentions that brought the system into existence -- good riddance to it.

Top 10 for Policy and Action in Integrative Medicine and Health in 2013

John Weeks | Posted 03.01.2014 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

In 2006, I began publishing annual The Integrator Top 10 lists for the emerging field of integrative health and medicine. Since 2011, these have shown...

A Multi-Faceted Approach Is Needed to Fight Infectious Diseases

Richard H. Carmona, M.D. | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.

A study by the Washington-based Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has found that most U.S. states are underperf...

How Far Has LGBT Health Research Progressed Since Bush-Era 'Big Chill'?

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

For any longtime LGBT health researcher, 2003 stands out -- it was the year that the Traditional Values Coalition compiled a list of research studies by the National Institutes of Health and slipped that list to Congress.

The Most Prevalent and Devastating Disease Your Doctor Has Never Heard Of

Jennifer Brea | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Brea

There is something elusive in the nature of the illness such that unless you live it, or live with and care for someone who does, it's almost impossible understand or describe. You might come close after decades of treating patients. At every turn, language fails.

Count the Dead From Medical Harm

Rosemary Gibson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rosemary Gibson

Secrecy is unraveling the fabric of the health care system. The dishonor of the deceased is taking its toll. There is only one way out. Count the dead and the injured. Honor them as we would all wish to be honored.

This Month, Think Pink... and Remember Red

Nancy Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Whether the topic is breast cancer, heart disease or any major illness, women need to be in tune with their bodies. Awareness and education are vital because they lead to prevention and early detection, two of the best tools in health improvement.

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.

Women in Pain

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

One of the most striking aspects of this tragic increase in women dying from painkiller overdose is its occurrence in the context of a well-documented history of the under-treatment of women in pain.

Stress, Trauma, Loss, Rage

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

What if we looked at violence in America as a public health crisis rather than a crime problem? What if we look for promising practices and expanded the ones that work to eliminate the epidemic of violence that keeps our graveyards, jails, and prisons full?

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.