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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.

Sincere and Sincerely Wrong: Making Children Less Safe In The Name of Safety

Lauren Harris | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Lauren Harris

There are several reasons people choose not to vaccinate their children, primarily born from misinformation from anti-vaccine advocates.

This World Heart Day, Create Heart-Healthy Environments Where You Live, Work and Play

Nancy Brown | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Dr. Sidney C. Smith Jr. didn't have just one a-ha moment that turned him into a crusader against heart disease. He had too many to count. Frequently, they fit the same pattern: Someone is rushed to the hospital with a heart attack after a buildup of fatty deposits called plaque has blocked a coronary artery.

Learning To Use Genomics Safely, To Improve Children's Health

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Alan E. Guttmacher

The National Institutes of Health has funded four pilot projects to explore the use of genome sequencing in health care of newborns. Over the next several years, these pilot projects will yield useful information that will help us assess the potential for genome sequencing, its value in health care, and its ethical dimensions.

Feeling the Pain of Ignoring Back Pain Prevention Recommendations

Laura Jana | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Laura Jana

The fact of the matter is, we know prevention works. The challenge, however, is in convincing ourselves it's worth following all of the good advice that's out there before we feel the pain of putting it off.

Some Gut Microbes Love Diet Soda... and They're Not the Good Guys

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

This study shows quite nicely that non-caloric sweeteners can alter gut microbes in mice -- a change that has negative metabolic consequences -- and provides preliminary evidence that it can happen in humans too.

Dear Sean Hannity -- I'm Truly Sorry

Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA | Posted 11.19.2014 | Media
Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

I can't begin to imagine what you went through as a child. What's extremely heartbreaking is that you said that you "deserved it." No child deserves to be hit or beaten, with or without a belt.

Get Up, Stand Up: Stand Up for Your Life

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Chairs are killing us. Prolonged sitting has been recognized as a major health hazard. A new study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine takes ...

A Carrot or a Tan?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Whenever I think about the good advice I just didn't take I'm ever so sorry I disregarded my mom's and couldn't resist the sun's afterglow -- like ev...