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Why Is This Dangerous Carcinogen Still Legal in the U.S.?

Linda Reinstein | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Linda Reinstein

No April Fools joke here. Asbestos -- a known human carcinogen -- has not been banned and is still legal in the United States.

Don't Be Fooled Into Putting Yourself at Risk for Cancer

Debbie Dingell | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Debbie Dingell

Even with everything we've learned, some of us are still being fooled into thinking our choices are safe, when really they are increasing our cancer risk.

Healing Through Our Voices: What to Say (and Not Say) to a Survivor of Sexual Assault

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 03.25.2016 | Women
Amy Oestreicher

Everyone has a place in sexual assault prevention. According to RAINN, an average of 68% of assaults in the last five years were not reported.  Toget...

The Evolving Perception of Human Trafficking: Walking to End Slavery

Robert J. Benz | Posted 03.21.2016 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

This is the next in a series of interviews with individuals working to address human trafficking. You'll meet students and educators, parents and prof...

'More Less Cancer' -- An Oxymoron We Can Live With!

Bill Couzens | Posted 03.17.2016 | Impact
Bill Couzens

The general population does not want to settle for lifelong treatments. They want real solutions. Cancer has no bounds. Cancer has been unabashed in its approach and its attack. We need to show that same relentlessness.

Intervening Early to Prevent Substance Use Disorders

Nora Volkow | Posted 05.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Nora Volkow

The brain is an organ that adapts in both short- and long-term ways to its environment, and prevention science over the past few decades has shown cle...

Five Ways Everyone Can Participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 03.07.2016 | College
Amy Oestreicher

April is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  It's important for the entire campus to get involved in putting a stop to assault on campus. We need to be equipped with an awareness of not only what sexual assault is, but how it affects survivors.

The Affordable Care Act at Five Years: Where Is Prevention?

Deborah Klein Walker | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact
Deborah Klein Walker

Five years in, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has improved the delivery of health care in the United States. But more could be done, especially in prev...

Where Are the Grown-Ups? (Or: Get Your Unicorn!)

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.07.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Eat more fat if you want. Or, eat less fat. Either way, if you miss the big picture, it is unlikely to make you less fat.

Public Health and Citizens, Truly United

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.03.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Public health is all about doing the best we can for actual people, not a statistical and anonymous horde that exists nowhere outside of actuarial tables. That doesn't always align with the greatest profits for some large corporation. In fact, it almost never does, because of the time horizons involved.

Taking Public Health to the Moon

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.26.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

By rallying to the mandate of the evidence-based, consensus-based fundamentals of health promoting, sustainable living and eating -- I believe we can accomplish something for public health and the human condition that is, quite simply -- out of this world

What One Boy's Story Tells Us About Video Game Addiction

Richard Freed | Posted 02.19.2016 | Parents
Richard Freed

By limiting children's access to gaming, they are more likely to find joy in real-world activities--such as spending time with family, reading, creative and outdoor play, and school. Such limits also help children learn that technology is best used as a tool, not a toy.

The First Mr. Safety

Bill Couzens | Posted 02.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

To protect the next generation, maybe now it is time to look back to previous generations for the practical good sense that protected and saved lives. My great grandfather did it with cars and today we can all have a role in protecting our families and communities.

Facing Addiction: It's Time to Focus on Solutions

Jim Hood | Posted 02.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Jim Hood

I will never be able to turn my attention away from addiction. It's time to start facing addiction with the urgency these deeply disturbing statistics demand and asking ourselves tougher questions -- and demanding better answers -- than ever before.

Divorce Confidential: Parental Child Abduction in Divorce

Caroline Choi | Posted 02.05.2016 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

Divorce rates are on the rise across the world. Here in the U.S., the divorce rate is higher than 50%, with Spain, Portugal and Belgium almost 20% hi...

News You Won't Like: Wine Isn't a Health Food After All

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 02.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Alcohol -- to our disappointment -- isn't a health food. It has risks and many calories. It's also a wonderful, deeply cultural food that can be enjoyed without over excessive risk.

How Zika Reveals Our Vulnerability To Many Diseases

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.29.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Like everyone else who has heard the news about it, I find the rapid spread of the Zika virus extremely alarming. The newly recognized capacity of thi...

Lawrence Phillips' Suspected Suicide: Solitary Confinement Is Sometimes Underused

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 01.22.2016 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

The number of suicides in solitary confinement recently increased by one with the passing of former NFL star and college football champion Lawrence Ph...

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines Puzzle

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 01.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

A more straightforward and less puzzling way to tip Americans towards limiting added sugar would have been to provide a recommendation such as: "choose drinks that contain no added sugars (most of the time)" and "eat sweets and desserts infrequently."

We're Finally Eating More Veggies, Even at School

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 01.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

If vegetables do become a food trend it will definitely help us eat and enjoy more of them. We'll surely see better produce, new and superior preparation techniques and tie-ins with celebrity and popular culture. It will be easier to eat better.

My Academy Award Nominations for Best Health-Themed Movie of 2015

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 01.04.2016 | Entertainment
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Although there is no Oscar for the best health-themed movie, each year I nominate films for the year that have the best health themes. I select the w...

New Year 2016: How Consumers Will Rock Health Care

Lynn Vos | Posted 12.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Lynn Vos

Now is the time for the health sector to seize the moment, and remake itself from an industry that treats illness to one that succeeds at preventing it. Communication is the cure for people to make better decisions, adopt positive behaviors, adhere to treatment and practices and lead healthier lives.

Fast Eater? 7 Tips on How to Slow Down These Holidays

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 12.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Current trends are moving away from calorie counting and toward a more holistic approach of looking at adjustments and habits that can help us lead a more balanced, sustainable lifestyle. Slowing down should be high on that list.

Sports Culture Must Change to Reduce Head Injuries

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 12.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Based on our research, we know that prevention is possible. We've made youth sports concussion one of our focus areas, but we can't solve this issue alone. All of us play a role in creating a culture of concussion safety. Here's how we can prevent sports-related head injuries.

Start Wars: These Are the Resolutions You've Been Looking For!

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 12.23.2015 | Impact
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Let your 2016 be a good one. And may the force (self control, of course) be with you!