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Journal of the American Medical Association

Diet, Deafness and the Drums of War

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.06.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A commentary just out in JAMA says many reasonable things about diet and health. The author notes that the overall low quality of the prevailing American diet is an anchor on life expectancy itself. Amen to that.

New Studies for an Old Story: Mammography Screening Isn't Saving Lives

Fran Visco | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Fran Visco

We need to refocus our resources and attention on the two things that really matter: (1) stopping men and women from getting breast cancer in the first place -- primary prevention; and (2) preventing metastasis if they do.

Nutrients, Nutritionism, and Historical Nuttiness

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Recommending for the intake of nuts, but against the fat content of nuts, was always just plain nutty. Failure to learn from the follies of our nutritional history would be even more so.

Suicide Among Elementary-Aged Black Children Is On The Rise

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living

Since the 1990s, suicide rates among elementary-age black children have nearly doubled, while suicide rates among white children have fallen, accordin...

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.

Thinking About Cutting Back on Soda? Try Monday

Diana K. Rice | Posted 05.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Diana K. Rice

What's that one measly can of soda a day -- your afternoon treat -- really going to do? Quite a bit, according to many leading health organizations.

50th Anniversary of Landmark Report on Smoking Brings Reflection of Past Success and Reality of New Concerns to Tackle

Ardis D. Hoven, M.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Health News
Ardis D. Hoven, M.D.

The AMA recognizes the need to tackle some of today's most troubling chronic health conditions -- cardiovascular disease and diabetes type 2 -- to which smoking can be linked.

Smoking Bans and Car-Seat Bribes: 5 Lessons From the 50-Year Effort to Reduce Smoking and Save Lives

Larry Cohen | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Larry Cohen

As we consider and celebrate these victories, we must also remember how far we have to go. Today, while the rate of smoking has dropped, it remains the leading cause of preventable death, claiming the lives of 440,000 Americans each year.

The Downfall in Homogenizing the Causes of Obesity

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 02.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

The JAMA article pointed out the impressive results from understanding cancer as a genetically complex disease, and developing personalized therapies in response. Isn't it time for us to understand obesity in all its complexity and mirror this process?

City Abortion Bans: Is Your Town Next?

Martha Burk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Martha Burk

On November 19th citizens of Albuquerque, New Mexico, will vote on the first city-level 20 week abortion ban in the United States.

What the NRA Doesn't Want You to Know

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For years the NRA has actively fought against and prevented research on the causes and costs of gun violence. Why have we put up so long with efforts to block all research on a huge public health threat that injures and kills tens of thousands of Americans every year?

The Great News About Breastfeeding: Americans Support Nursing Moms at Work, in Public

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 05.28.2013 | Parents
Dr. Gail Christopher

Americans want nursing moms to get the support they need in hospitals, workplaces and public spaces.

From Parking Lot to Paradise - the Revenge of Urban Agriculture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 05.17.2013 | Green
Charles A. Birnbaum

Urban agriculture during my baby boomer childhood in New York City, when postwar agricultural production became increasingly industrialized, amounted ...

Think the Wage Gap Is a Myth? Ask Your Doctor

Debra L. Ness | Posted 08.14.2012 | Women
Debra L. Ness

A man and his son were in a car accident. Both were taken to the hospital and the boy was rushed into surgery. The surgeon said, "I can't operate on this boy; he's my son." How is this possible?

PEPFAR Is Worth It: Ezekiel Emanuel Is Wrong on AIDS Funding

Anand Reddi | Posted 07.17.2012 | World
Anand Reddi

The idea that differing global health initiatives must compete with each other lacks not only ethical legitimacy but also scientific merit.

Getting Kids To Eat Vegetables At School: Are Pictures The Answer?

Posted 04.02.2012 | Education

Getting young children to eat their servings of fruits and veggies, particularly in school, has been a long and hard struggle for parents, schools and...

Artificial Sweeteners: 3 Reasons To Rethink That Diet Coke

Hemi Weingarten | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Hemi Weingarten

You decided a long time ago to go with artificial sweeteners. After a while, you didn't even notice the slightly different taste compared to sugar-sweetened beverages.

Taking the Wraps Off Condoms

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

Just in Case looks to be a simple and attractive makeup accessory, but serves a greater purpose. A hidden well contains two 2" x 2" condom foils.