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Preventive Medicine

10 Steps You Should Take Now to Protect Your Health in 2014

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

You need to take charge of your medical care now more than ever. If you do this well, you will have confidence in the future. Letting things just happen around you may lead to bad decisions, serious undiagnosed illness, suffering, disability, and sometimes even death.

Seniors Saving Big on Rx Drugs and Preventive Services Under Affordable Care Act

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Americans, including seniors, across the country are becoming more and more familiar with the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. More and more are sharing their stories with me. Certainly, Medicare beneficiaries are benefiting, but so are their loved ones.

Statins, Static and the Status Quo: Is Anyone Getting the Signal?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If it were truly clear exactly what criteria for statin use were best, there would be no controversy in the first place. There appear to be strengths and weaknesses to both sets of criteria, the old and the new.

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.

Lose Weight, Find Health, Be Disease Proof: As Easy as ABC, Just Not Easier

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

When it comes to losing weight and finding health, what happens to all that good common sense? Where does our solid core of pragmatic wisdom go?

Health Study Shows It May Not Be Possible to Know Everything

Martha Lufkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Martha Lufkin

After I read that a new study had found health benefits from drinking coffee, I sprang from the table and brewed myself a cup of strong Yemeni espresso. I had downed almost the entire contents when the radio news came on. The broadcaster announced that a recent health study had discovered that if you drank too much coffee, it could kill you.

You Can Fix the Health Care Reform Hullabaloo

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

Health isn't built in hospitals; disease is treated there. Health is built every day, over the course of a lifetime, in the places we work, and learn, and play, and pray, and love, and live. Or it isn't. And if it isn't, the "health care" system can't fix it.

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.

Toward Prevention of Parkinson's Disease

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

Medical research is now removing the veil and uncovering important new clues underlying Parkinson's disease. And it appears, that to at least some degree, this insidious process may be of our own making.

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.

Obesity: American Disease, American Story

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

Much as cancer care has to be personalized based on genetics and risk factors, obesity also needs to be seen as a disease resulting from a complex interaction of unique factors for each patient.

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Losing Patients: Inside The Fight For Black America's Health

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 05.26.2015 | Black Voices

This article is part of a Huffington Post series examining the state of Black America. To read more, click here. For her 40th birthday in October 2...

Who's Healthier, You or Your Car?

Sue Curry, PhD | Posted 09.21.2013 | Women
Sue Curry, PhD

Imagine what we could achieve with investment in prevention and well-being that matched automotive R&D.

Let's Move More Than Our Lips!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This time, let's prove we aren't all talk and no action. This time, let's demonstrate we aren't hypocrites. This time, let's prove we really are a nation of loving parents and grandparents, concerned and responsible adults. This time, let's move more than our lips.

The Choice

Mark E. Robson, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2013 | Women
Mark E. Robson, M.D.

I have been involved in research in this area for 17 years, since shortly after BRCA1 and BRCA2 were discovered, and I have no idea what I would do if I were a woman faced with this decision. The diagnosis of a mutation is just words on paper, but the risks they foreshadow are very real.

Angelina's Choice

Myra J. Biblowit | Posted 07.14.2013 | Women
Myra J. Biblowit

Reading her thoughtful Op-Ed in the New York Times, I could not help but think about Ms. Jolie's ubiquitous Lara Croft character -- the adventurer, the warrior, the intellectual, the sex symbol. Today, Ms. Jolie has stepped out in what may be one of her most defining roles.

Uncomplicating Matters on the Way to Health

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Getting to health doesn't need to be all that complicated. And it also doesn't need to be about "should." Don't pursue health because it's an obligation, or because someone says you should. Pursue health because health is a currency you can spend on living better.

Help People Follow the Doctor's Orders: Insurers Must Expand Coverage of Prevention

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

For too long, our system has been set up to focus on "sick care," instead of helping us all stay healthier in the first place. This needs to change and, thankfully, it has begun to.

Conflicts Between Public Health and Medical Care

Bruce A. Barron | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce A. Barron

Efforts to improve the health of the general population are typically addressed to diseases and behaviors that increase the risk of identifiable preventable disease and disability. In sharp contrast, medical care is a service delivered to a patient.

Kaiser Permanente's Obesity Prevention Interventions Prove to be a Success for Improving Children's Overall Health

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Kaiser Permanente's evaluation has shown promising results since it launched its Thriving Schools effort, aimed at helping students, staff and teachers focus on making healthy choices so that schools can become a focal point and beacon of health throughout entire communities.

The 'Rx Life' Solution

Lawrence Rosen, M.D. | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Rosen, M.D.

My promise to my patients and their families -- and to my family and to myself -- is to spend more time prescribing and living life, to honor the power of food, activity, rest and mindfulness to promote healing and prevent illness. I am fully and authentically committed to walking this walk.

On Vulnerability, and Opportunity: Is Forewarned Forearmed?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

With the help of a cameo appearance by a friend you are likely to know, a preventionist reflects on vulnerability -- and the opportunity to take arms against a sea of troubles imperiling our children, and by opposing -- end them!

Qatar's Cultural Crisis: Wealth, Health, Wisdom, and Opportunity

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Qatar is the richest country in the world. As such, it provides a vivid demonstration that money can't buy you health any more than it can buy you love. The converse, in fact, appears to be true: The wealth of Qatar is being purchased at the cost of its people's health.

Advancing the Public Health System by Defining the Foundational Capabilities of Public Health

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

With adequate, stable funding that ensures basic foundational capabilities, the nation's chief health strategists can take advantage of several evolving opportunities to turn the nation's sick care system into a true health care system.

Choosing Wisely, Indeed

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 04.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

Culture shifts with regard to medical practice come slowly, but having this collaborative style effort from thought leaders of reputable organizations underscores both the timeliness and urgency of these recommendations.