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Finding Independence Beyond Business as Usual 

Bill Couzens | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

Please understand that, as consumers and Americans, you have more options and choices than you know. Celebrate your independence by not being led by current marketing and legislative processes that are not in your best interest or the interest of your family's health and well-being.

Health Lunacy and Rocket Science

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We highlight a new celebrity cleanse and fad diet weekly if not daily on the morning shows; and the parade of best-selling quick fixes, each of which maligning all the others, seems never to end. And all the while, we mostly get fatter and sicker...

Are We Eating Our Veggies Yet?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

We're advised again and again to eat more veggies -- at least 2.5 cups of them each day, preferably much more. A new report from the U.S. Department ...

Dare to Be 100: Open Letter to Gates Foundation

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

First off, I state my intense admiration and respect for the work that you have done. I'm sure that tens of millions of persons on our earth are alive...

Platform for Presidential Candidates: Disease Prevention and Healthy Living

Linda P. Fried | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Linda P. Fried

The next Administration will face a much greater challenge: Ensuring that Americans live longer lives in good health. If they don't, the cost to the nation will be astronomical, given heavy reliance on Medicare for older Americans and the sad fact that Americans younger than 50 are sicker than people in other wealthy nations.

Why Isn't Self-Defense Training Available to Every Woman Who Wants It?

Jocelyn Hollander | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women
Jocelyn Hollander

Self-defense training has been completely left out of the current rush to develop effective prevention strategies, especially on college campuses.

Soda, Chips, and Other Public Health Solutions 

Bill Couzens | Posted 06.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

While these big-money packaged food leaders seemingly want to promote cutting calories, my hope is that one day they will want to promote something that is not just a healthier option (as in less dangerous) but is truly healthy. 

Can Water Improve Your Mood?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 06.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

While we know that not having enough to drink in extreme heat, or when vigorously exercising makes people very unhappy (and quite ill), it's less clear how small changes in fluid intake affect mood and energy levels.

Governor Abbott: Sign HB225 and Save Texas Lives

Joy Strickland | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Joy Strickland

Opiate overdose is the crisis that did not need to happen. Its very existence contradicts the idea that every person is redeemable and every human life is worth saving.

Life Savers and My Commitment

Bill Couzens | Posted 06.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

Today, we get an influx of email and social media, especially as more individuals and families experience cancer. We hear from the masses, and they want solutions. Growth is good. However, it's a double-edged sword as demands expand in ways I never thought possible.

First Step to Prevent Sexual Abuse: Redefine "Safety" to Include Women and Girls

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

During a recent meeting of a women's savings group in Manyatta, the largest slum in Kenya's third largest city, Kisumu, after the week's business had been conducted, the conversation turned to the women's daughters, all of whom, they said, were at risk of being or had been sexually assaulted on their way to or from school.

Summertime: The Perfect Time to Vaccinate

Aileen M. Marty | Posted 05.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Aileen M. Marty

Prevention is not only the least expensive form of medicine and the healthiest, it is also the friendliest and most neighborly. Be a good neighbor and enjoy your summer -- get vaccinated.

Sustainability Doesn't Need Rock Stars; We Need Unsung Heroes

John Friedman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
John Friedman

If they do not convince more people to take action (that the problem represents an opportunity for those who come up with solutions) the power of capitalism will not be leveraged to solve this problem.

Messages From the Playground: Healing Homophobia Before it Begins and Preventing Bullying Before it Starts

Chris Tompkins | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Tompkins

Talking about shame, we are exposing it and nipping it in the bud. Having uncomfortable conversations with children at a young age doesn't put them at risk, instead, it does the opposite. It keeps them from risk.

Making Prevention a Priority for Our Future

Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.

If prevention were a national priority, how would our lives change? That question is followed by another one, which is: What will happen 10 years from now in terms of the health of Americans? Will the year 2025 find Americans stronger, healthier and living longer?

A Fist Fight at the New York Times?

Anthony Biglan | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Anthony Biglan

Jonathon Chait seems to be trying to get a fist fight going at the New York Times. He claims in New York Magazine that a recent column by Paul Krugman was actually an attack on David Brooks.

Starting a Juice Cleanse? 4 Things You Need to Know

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Juices cleanses are a trendy weight-loss method. Proponents of juice cleanses claim you will lose weight and remove toxins from your body. Is it really healthy to only have liquids for as long as a week?

Making Cancer Pretty

Carol Hamilton | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Carol Hamilton

I decided I wanted to work for a company that was involved in that, too, so I only had one choice -- L'Oreal USA joined forces with the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) and embarked on a special mission to eradicate ovarian cancer.

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 06.27.2015 | 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 06.24.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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 05.19.2015 | 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 05.26.2015 | 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 05.25.2015 | 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.