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Preventing Another Baltimore

David J. Smith | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
David J. Smith

The events in Baltimore should be a wakeup call for communities to examine the state of their civic health. And this should not be limited to those working within the political realm.

'Putting Your Bottom at the Top of Your List' -- The Pap Smear That's Not Just for Women

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Depending on the study's results, it's possible that anal health will become a routine conversation topic between doctors and patients -- and labs won't think twice when they receive a pap smear specimen from a man.

What 2 Weeks of Soda Can Do to Your Heart

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Sugary drinks are linked to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes -- and the more soda people drink the more likely these outcomes....

Is Criminalizing Rehoming the Best Solution?

Mirah Riben | Posted 04.03.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

Abandonment of adopted children via rehoming or any other means is reprehensible. It must stop. Threat of punishment is not the means to achieve the goal of keeping children safe.

On Finding a New Normal With a Brain Injury

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Just two weeks after her wedding, Nicole was in a serious motor vehicle crash. Even though she walked away from her totaled vehicle with almost no vi...

Angeline Jolie and the Chemistry of Cancer

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 03.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

The structure and chemistry of cancer are not to be taken lightly. Angelina Jolie's story of courage brings to light the perplexing journey that is common to many women around the world as we all fight to stay healthy for our loved ones and make a difference.

Long Distance Government

Bill Couzens | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
Bill Couzens

Senate bill S.697, legislation to reauthorize and modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act, will create stumbling blocks for states that wish to protect their citizens and their families from harmful chemicals.

RIP: The Executive Physical Exercise Test

Joel Kahn, M.D. | Posted 03.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Joel Kahn, M.D.

Traditions die slowly if at all. The executive physical offered by hospitals and larger medical practices incorporating an exercise test, alone or coupled with echo or nuclear heart imaging, has a long history of use.

Tricking Parents Into Bad Choices

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 03.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Parents usually have their kids' best interest in mind. They want them to grow healthy, acquire eating habits that promote wellness, and have beautiful, strong teeth. So how come kids are drinking so much sugar, an ingredient on the top of the list of foods to consume-less-of?

America's Burden

Bill Couzens | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

Consumers get it. They are no longer willing to accept the staggering health issues their children are facing as a result of harmful chemicals. We are seeing a new food system come into play and good alternatives to harmful cleaning agents and pesticides. But it is not enough.

A Crisis in Vision

Rosi Andrade, PhD | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Rosi Andrade, PhD

Pinpointing the causes of increased vision loss in children and youth is not facile. Some explanations for increased vision loss point to the digital age as the culprit. The bottom line is that we expose our eyes to conditions and prolonged focus that contribute to persistent eye strain and potential vision loss over the long term.

The New Dietary Guidelines: Outrage and Yawns

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The advisory committee's recommendations inform the government's guidelines, and those affect policies, action and choices. They affect everything from school lunches to SNAP to the food industry, and also the way we personally fill our plate.

5-2-1-0 For Healthy Kids -- And You!

Amy Pleimling | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Amy Pleimling

As we are bombarded by diet information and get more confused by nutrition headlines daily, I tend to grab onto the simple, proven basics.

Save Money, Save Lives: Why the Silence on the Fiscal and Fatal Consequences of Kidney Disease Matters

Elisa Gordon | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Elisa Gordon

Chronic kidney disease -- without the splashy races, ad campaigns, and extensive media coverage -- falls below the public radar. And because of that, a patient may be less likely to ask his or her doctor how to prevent it or even understand how it develops.

Distracted Driving, Distracted Eating

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Mind you, I'm as guilty as anyone of eating lunch at my computer. But I do have some rules that I've been able to stick to: We eat a family dinner every day, un-rushed, no electronic distractions allowed, and I limit eating-while-distracted to low caloric density, highly nutritious foods, such as veggies and fruit.

Defense Rules

Sean Palfrey MD | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Sean Palfrey MD

Everyone possible needs to be vaccinated. Prevention, a tough "defense," is truly our best "offense" in the case of these terrible diseases, not the other way around, and we do have the tools to win. We just need the will.

The Case for a True Health Coalition: Who Hears Whom?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

With the strength of unity, a signal of what we truly do know can rise above the din and discord.

Chocolate: A Treat for Valentine's Day, or the Cure for Aging Brains?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Getting the amount of flavonols that were useful in the study group from chocolate would involve eating so much chocolate that whatever protection you'd gain from these beneficial molecules, you'd lose from the harms associated with sugar and calorie overload.

Perhaps We Can Prevent Terrorism

Anthony Biglan | Posted 04.01.2015 | Science
Anthony Biglan

As we are pouring billions into the war on terror, we should be putting millions into studying how we can build positive social relations between members of our Muslim communities and those in non-Muslim communities.

Two Different Paths to Obesity and What They Have in Common

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

It's hard to tease apart metabolic vs. hedonic causes for obesity, and impossible to change the underlying genetics leading to each susceptibility. Both mechanisms explain why it's so hard to lose weight and keep it off.

Peacebuilding Reboot

Sheldon Himelfarb | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact
Sheldon Himelfarb

The overwhelming majority of conflict resolution work done in the 1990s and 2000s was funded by governments. But today's peacetech projects are launched by digital humanitarians bootstrapping their own startups.

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.

As Seen On TV Nutrition Advice

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Dr. Oz dispenses such advice regularly on his TV show and many health related resolutions start with "I heard it on Dr. Oz", but how sound are his recommendations?

January Cervical Cancer Month: Progress Is Promising

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Since vaccination with FDA-approved HPV vaccines can reduce HPV infections and reduce the likelihood of ever getting cervical cancer, it is important to know if people and their physicians are using the vaccines.

Your 2015 Whole Health Test: The Complete Guide to Wellness and Prevention

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

With the start of the new year, health becomes a priority and shifts to the forefront of our consciousness. It seems that every organization, employe...