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Lifestyle as Medicine: At a Fork in the Road, Who's Got a Spoon?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Lifestyle is the greatest of all medicine, but it may feel in this morbidigenic, obesigenic world of ours that we can't get it to go down, because we just don't have the right spoon. It may feel that we can't get there from here. That is, in a word, wrong.

No Tray, No Salad

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Students load their trays in all-you-can-eat cafeterias with heaps of food, leading to waste and perhaps also to overeating. But what does tray disappearance do to food choices?

7 Ways To Boost Your Energy Without Caffeine

Posted 11.18.2013 | Healthy Living

By Laura Tedesco for Prevention When your energy level falls into the red zone, you probably reach for our culture's quick fix: caffeine. In fact, ...

The Inner Landscape of the Children Who Survived Typhoon Haiyan

William Spear | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
William Spear

The similarities are striking - we've been in this place before. The past echoes in my brain and I feel as if I am sitting in my living room the day after Christmas in 2004.

Does Sugar's State of Matter Really Matter?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Studies have shown that there is something distinctive about getting calories in liquid form. Solid sugars affect satiety, while studies have demonstrated that liquid sugar doesn't suppress appetite -- sugary drinks' calories are just added.

When to Exercise: Timing Is Everything

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

You don't need money. You don't need a gym. You don't need equipment. You don't need another person. For a remarkably small investment of time you can dramatically lower your risk for the most common diseases of our time.

Can We Prevent Alzheimer's? November Is Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

If we can target our adults with mild cognitive impairment -- forgetting phone numbers, where you put the keys, birthdays, anniversaries, and appointments -- we may have a real chance of preventing the slow decline into a world of dementia.

What REALLY Kills Us

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

What really kills us prematurely, and all too often imposes years of misery beforehand, isn't a list of chronic diseases, but the factors that cause those diseases. What really takes years from life and life from years is a willingness to know WHAT, yet neglect the opportunity to know HOW.

In Our Own Backyard

K. Sujata | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

What keeps this industry booming is the demand for cheap labor or services, or for commercial sex acts. Sex trafficking is big business, one of the world's biggest human rights issues and it's happening in our own backyard.

Study Shows Lost Sleep May Add Weight in Kids

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 11.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

What can 2.5 hours do? During the week the kids slept more they reported eating 134 fewer calories per day compared to their intake during the reduced sleep condition, and their measured weight was about half a pound less.

Five Ways NYC Kids Won and Big Tobacco Lost This Week

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Jeffrey Seyler

Ten years ago, New York City enacted landmark legislation to curb the dangers of tobacco use, which is the number one cause of preventable death. This month, the City made history once again.

Waking the Warrior Goddess

Tory Zellick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Tory Zellick

How was your time spent this October? Apropos to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, part of mine was spent sitting in a breast surgeon's office, awaiting the results of a 3-D ultrasound of my breast tissue.

Latest Research on Tobacco Use and Health Care Cost Has Global Implications

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Derek Yach

High BMI and smoking remain among the top three risk factors that contribute to the highest burden of disease in Western Europe and the U.S., and the research mentioned above highlights this issue and discusses potential solutions, with implications far beyond South Africa.

What About Honoring our Own Local Nobel-Worthy Peace Laureates?

Matthew Albracht | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Matthew Albracht

In big and small ways, many thousands ARE working heroically right in our own cities here in the United States to help ameliorate violence, including the regions that are often called our own domestic "war zones."

Does It Matter Which Fruit You Eat?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Diet as a whole affects health -- profoundly -- but eating the latest fad miracle fruit, sensationalized by the media, is not likely to make much of a difference. Sorry, but shortcuts are improbable.

My Book, Your Life, Our Families, and the Revolution

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If I can make a positive difference in the world, my life is better. I admit that's selfish, but I think it's a good kind of selfish. I want to help people get to health, and in doing so, I help myself to a feeling a fulfillment. Everybody wins.

Time to Tip the Scales in Favor of Ending AIDS

Chris Collins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Chris Collins

Epidemiological modeling tells us that if we wait, the possibility of tipping the scales recedes -- and the price tag for the AIDS response climbs. But if we act, now, with a surge of investment, then the price of the AIDS response will go down over time.

Does the Fizz in Soda Add to Our Sugar Cravings?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Adding fizz to sweet water, researchers suspected, doesn't just make soda taste good, it also might play tricks on our mind.

At Last! A National PSA Campaign to End Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Anna Kegler | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Anna Kegler

Organizations are joining forces to create a nationwide (nationwide!) PSA campaign to address domestic violence and sexual assault. This is no blip on the map -- it's the real deal. It's actually happening.

Policy Change Is Key If We Want to Reduce Preventable Deaths

Larry Cohen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Larry Cohen

I've seen prevention evolve from a fringe notion to an idea championed by communities across the country. This latest report from the CDC shows how far we still have to go -- and suggests some strategies for how we might get there.

Should Salt Shakers Be Removed From the Table?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

For me, a table is not set without a salt shaker. Salt just belongs at the table, and has been part of how we welcome guests for a very long time.

We Can Be Disease-Proof!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Without the right skill set, health is elusive. You can't get there from here. The relevant skills are yours for the taking, and with them, you and those you love truly can be to an astonishing degree, disease-proof.

Too Soon Old and Too Late Smart

Sue Curry, PhD | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Sue Curry, PhD

We have the opportunity and the time to change the culture of health care and the expectations of patients and providers. We have so many effective prevention interventions that address the major causes of chronic disease and early disability and death.

Improving the Public's Health Through the Affordable Care Act

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

President Obama and the entire Obama administration have made prevention and public health a top priority because of the lasting effects they have on the health of Americans.

'Aging Is Still An Amorphous Concept'

Rachel Adelson | Posted 11.05.2013 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

Did you notice anything interesting about 'aging' this summer in the people you saw or the places you stayed? Did it make you want to make any changes to your home when you got back? How do you deal with discomfort about aging?