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Ebola, Africa and the Fight to Protect Childhood

Lauren Book | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Lauren Book

It knows no socio-economic boundaries. Blind to race, gender and religion, it's infected thousands and infiltrated public consciousness like nothing in recent memory.

How Old Are You, Really?

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Once you think of your age as a needle you can move down the scale, you can conceive of your own life in a new and more controllable light. Age can truly become, for you, "just a number," defined by you, and not just the calendar.

A Steep Climb -- No Regrets

Bill Couzens | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Bill Couzens

Our organization's mission and the elevator speech for our work is "Less Cancer." Our focus has always been on the global community when it comes to ...

20 Years of Protecting Infants During Sleep

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Alan E. Guttmacher

Knowledge about SIDS has come a long way in the past 20 years. We've discovered many ways to reduce the risk of SIDS -- primary among them placing babies to sleep on their backs.

The Top U.S. Gathering of Cardiovascular Thought Convenes in Chicago This Weekend

Nancy Brown | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Nearly 25 years ago, a new cardiology fellow from Duke University thrust himself into his profession in a big way. He attended his first Scientific Se...

The Soda Tax Experiment, Now Underway

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The Berkeley sugary drinks law might be the experiment that provides the evidence that would justify similar measures in other cities.

Reversing Childhood Obesity: A New Call to Action

Lance Henderson | Posted 01.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Lance Henderson

We can't effectively address the complex causes of childhood obesity without fresh approaches and new models for working together to find sustainable solutions.

Worry, Don't Be Happy: How We Decide What's Dangerous

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

The desire to seal off borders and quarantine the health care workers is driven to a large extent by our ancestral behavioral immune system. Cues that once improved survival have become maladaptive behaviors in our contemporary world.

What the Ebola Virus and Sen. Barbara Boxer Can Teach Us About Health Care Systems

Saquib Rahim | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Now is the time for medical communities everywhere to examine existing processes critically, pursue thoughtful advances in how we deliver care, and promote a culture that engages staff in the improvement process. Taking care of patients is not only about the therapies we provide but also having the most effective care delivery systems possible. By that metric, American health care still has significant room to grow.

What Do Breast Cancer and Halloween Have in Common?

Ann Fry | Posted 12.30.2014 | Business
Ann Fry

Well, to point out the obvious, we are aware of them both in October. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, October is Halloween. Both happen every year. What do these two things have in common?

The Life You Want

Mike Sheridan | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Mike Sheridan

A lack of importance on your health and relationships now, may mean a lack of health and relationships when they're most important. Decide what matters, plan your perfect life, and start living it!

Simple Messages Could Convince Kids to Drink Less Sugar

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Teens probably pay the least attention to health warnings, so how can we get the group that drinks the most soda to notice?

Physicians on the Front Lines: Where Technology Can Help to Make the Clean Hand the Winning Hand

Geeta Nayyar, M.D. | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Geeta Nayyar, M.D.

Since about 88 percent of all infections are transmitted by hands, a review of the WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene is imperative. Most importantly, in the home, in schools and most importantly - in hospitals and doctor's offices.

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Don't Think Pink―Think Green

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 12.21.2014 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

While KFC and Komen earn millions selling pink buckets of fried chicken and Boar's Head pink-wraps its meats, women could do more to combat breast cancer by convincing their friends and family members to say no to pink-beribboned animal products and yes to the produce aisle.

Dare to Be 100: Health Literacy or Bust

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Last week I had the happy opportunity to participate in the grand opening of the Global Health Center at the University of California, San Francisco. ...

5 Things You'll Probably Do Wrong Shoveling Snow This Winter

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Listen to your body -- if you are feeling strained or tired, it's time to take a break. It's better to take the extra time to prepare yourself and do it the right way than to spend weeks with a hurt back. I wish you all a safe and happy winter season!

Brain Zapping for Weight Loss

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Here's a prediction: It's only a matter of time before people start zapping their brain to shed weight. In the last few years, electrical brain stimul...

Unscrambling Our Eggs

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The common theme? The risk of crisis portended by warning signs all too often neglected. In the case of wayward biomarkers such as cholesterol, only somebody is harmed by that neglect, although that's small comfort if the somebody is you or anyone you love.

Building a Cancer-Free Future

Bill Couzens | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Bill Couzens

We are deeply investing all we have in a shifting culture with time, energy and minimal resources. We are not selling treatment, we are selling prevention. There is no short term financial model for prevention -- no buildings, machines or treatments.

Do You Have the Courage to Save Your Life? Angelina Jolie Shows How You Can

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Life events are often hard to predict. But sometimes you can get a good picture of what is in store for you! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month...

The Next Big (Small) Thing for #TheStitch...

Matt Pipkin | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

While sharing about BLVR's investment in us, I shared my personal story of being sexually abused by a family friend when I was six, keeping it secret until after graduating college, and about the heavy toll it took on my life.

Swimming in the Hudson: An Ode to Prevention

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Derek Yach

This is the 21st century. We need to apply our preventive focus to more than assuring we can swim in waters like the Hudson without it being a threat to our lives. We need this river to become a symbol of how we ended drowning and suicides, not a tragic reminder of the failure of prevention.

Our Health, on Fire: The #UseWhatWeKnow Campaign

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Let the parsing continue, for that competition is healthy if it helps us do something about the residual 20 percent of all chronic disease we don't already know how to prevent. But let us not squander what we do know while working to learn what we don't.

Renaming October: Breast Health Education Month

Lindsay Avner | Posted 11.29.2014 | Impact
Lindsay Avner

Has the runner who recently fundraised and completed a charity 5K taken the time to gather her family's cancer history, on both her mother and father's side, and shared it with her doctor?

Skirting the Issue: Breast Cancer and Dress Size

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

This is not a substitute for screening by mammography. But these findings may provide the women not getting screened with a simple and easily understood message: Taking note of your skirt size may save your life.