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The New Dietary Guidelines: Outrage and Yawns

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 02.26.2015 | 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 02.27.2015 | 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 02.25.2015 | 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 02.19.2015 | 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 02.19.2015 | 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 02.13.2015 | 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 02.12.2015 | 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 02.03.2015 | 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 01.30.2015 | 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 01.22.2015 | 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 01.09.2015 | 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 01.09.2015 | 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 01.09.2015 | 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 01.09.2015 | 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...

Prevention Science Should Be a Higher Federal Funding Priority

Linda P. Fried | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Linda P. Fried

One of the great ironies of American health care is that we have the highest per capita spending among industrialized countries, yet we rank near the bottom in preventable health outcomes.

Dare to Be 100: Lifestyle's Time

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 01.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

These issues are not predetermined by fate, but are precisely directed by choice. Steve Schroeder is a master of American medicine. Now he is profess...

The Ultimate Guide for a Healthy Back in 2015

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Good posture, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle -- believe it or not, all of these things are important factors in avoiding back pain. It can be difficult to make the changes you need to get healthy, but don't worry, I've got your back!

How to Slow Aging Now: What Your Doctor Won't Tell You

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Most articles that find themselves under such a headline are not based in good science. Products promising long life and physical transformation usu...

Revisiting Sri Lanka a Decade Later: Helping Children After Disasters

William Spear | Posted 02.28.2015 | Impact
William Spear

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than 35,000 people in Sri Lanka, injuring more than 21,000. Over 1,000 children were orphaned and more than 7,000 children lost one parent.

Driving Me Christmas

Bill Couzens | Posted 02.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Bill Couzens

These last days of December I had scheduled meetings and in doing so found myself reporting on this year's progress of Less Cancer. We have reached ...

Uber for Health Care? Think Again

Saquib Rahim | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Clearly there are some health care startups that will meaningfully improve health care. But there is justifiable concern that too many are focused on the wrong patients and wrong problems using technology with limited applicability.

If Every Day Were Christmas

Bill Couzens | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

The proverbial seatbelt is not enough -- we need you to buckle up! The world of prevention entails having an active role in your child's future, guarding their lifestyles and environment and all those things that take on the natural landscapes of their lives.

Should We Really Shrink Our Plates?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 02.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Manipulating the food environment can be a great tool for effortlessly improving people's eating habits, but this analysis suggests cafeterias should await further proof before they overhaul the dishware.

Kidney Stones: Are They Part of a Team?

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Many of us think of kidney stone disease as affecting only one organ and requiring a single treatment, but recent studies suggest that kidney stone disease is a complex disease which affects multiple organs and systems in the body.

Stay True, Starbucks

Bill Couzens | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

Concealing information from the general public does not empower but rather removes the freedom to make informed choices. We should all be concerned when corporations and government join forces to decide what they will share and not share with the public.