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Building an emergency health response

Tom Fox | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Dr. Nicole Lurie is the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she leads federa...

A Prescription for Ending the HIV Epidemic

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Substantial progress has been made to expand HIV testing efforts and increase the percentage of Americans with HIV who are aware they're infected -- from 75 percent in 2003 to 84 percent in 2010 -- but simply knowing your status isn't enough.

Promising Research Can't Stall for Lack of Funding

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 09.12.2014 | Impact
Judith A. Salerno

Cancer, Alzheimer's, ALS, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, and painful, chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease will only be overcome if we, as a nation, have the will and commitment to once again make funding the type of essential research that led to the eradication of polio in the U.S. such a high national priority.

Early Detection And Treatment Of Mental Health Problems: An Antidote To Suicide

John Richter, MPA | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
John Richter, MPA

Closing the gap between the first onset of emerging mental health problems and professional treatment needs to be part of a more comprehensive public health approach to suicide. This will require all of us to be more literate about mental health and wellness.

Dealing With Mental Health And Preventing Suicide On College Campuses

Dr. Victor Schwartz | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Victor Schwartz

Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 34 in the U.S. While we still struggle with predicting and preventing suicide in individuals, we know that there are many steps we can take to lower risk of suicide across communities.

Health Prescription: Ride a Bike. Better Yet, Ride with Thousands!

Rex Burkholder | Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Rex Burkholder

Ciclovias Recreativas, known as Open Streets in the US, are specifically called out as effective strategies to promote physical activity.

Restoring the Human Element of Health Care: Online

Hope Starr Yates | Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Hope Starr Yates

It's time to demand more of the relationship between technology and health. It should be interactive and personalized, and it should leave you feeling empowered, not anxious. As we learn more about the deleterious effects of stress on our health, ensuring peace of mind - across all facets of health care delivery -- should be of paramount concern.

"Greening" NYC Nail Salons for Customers and Workers

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 09.04.2014 | New York
Charlene Obernauer

As the seasons change and customers again flock to the salons, both consumers and workers alike can be a little more at ease, knowing that safety and health in New York City's nail salons is a priority.

Obesity on the Nile

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.29.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Should we know whether or not our kids, or ourselves, are overweight? Of course, just as we should know -- before a mechanical calamity -- that the oil in our car needs changing, or our tire pressure is low.

The Myth of the Rational Health Care Consumer

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 08.28.2014 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

In a rational model of health care, the consumer must have the ability to distinguish bad products from good, and must have enough information and emotional distance to make purely rational choices about their or their loved ones' health care. There are a number of reasons this simply is not the case.

Bloomberg Wants To Do More Good With Less Money To Meet Global Health Goals

New York Times | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact

On a sweltering Saturday in June in Istanbul’s old city, Michael R. Bloomberg, power-dressed in a dark blue suit, monogrammed white shirt and cuff l...

Under Quarantine: Ebola's Impact on Women and Girls in Liberia

Emily Teitsworth | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Emily Teitsworth

As in many public health emergencies, adolescent girls and young women are among the most marginalized and at-risk population during this crisis. In the face of this national disaster, the Let Girls Lead (LGL) network of organizations in Liberia is working to save families from Ebola.

Ferguson's Overlooked Ties to the War on Drugs

Howard Meitiner | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Howard Meitiner

While we do not know all the facts on the ground in Ferguson, we know that militarization on a national level can often do more harm than good. It has eroded trust between law enforcement and ordinary citizens, and it certainly hasn't eradicated the drug scourge from our communities.

A Back-to-School Message: Emphasize Childhood Health, Not Obesity

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel J. Schultz

New school lunch regulations should not be thought about as a weight management diet, but a roadmap for health for each student involved. Breakfast, lunch and snacks at school allow us as a nation to demonstrate to millions of children each day what nutritious food looks like.

The Worst Thing Since White Bread

Ali Cherry | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Ali Cherry

While most Americans think about eating healthy and want to make improvements, more than half say that figuring out their income taxes is easier than knowing what they should and shouldn't eat.

Stop Worrying About Ebola (And Start Worrying About What it Means)

Adam C. Levine | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Adam C. Levine

We should care a great deal about the Ebola outbreak, but not for the reasons propagated by cable news. We should care about Ebola for what it says about the current state of the health care system in resource-limited settings around the globe.

Student Loan and Mortgage Loan Debt: A Public Health Crisis?

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Mechele Dickerson

Recent research about student loans and mortgages raises the question of whether having too much debt can make you sick. Survey results are particularly troubling because they suggest that it is the debt itself -- not the burden of repayment.

#DirtyDenier$ Day 7: Congressman Leonard Lance

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

When it comes to environmental protections and addressing climate change, Congressman Leonard Lance is, in the words of Lewis Carroll, getting "curiouser and curiouser."

Decades-old Tools No Match for Today's Drug-resistant TB

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Humanity has lived with, and died from, tuberculosis since recorded history began. The last century brought the hope of ending that tragedy, but success has remained elusive. It's time to make it a reality.

Ebola Has Happened in the U.S. and It Could Happen Again If We Don't Address the Root Causes

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Although it's too late to prevent the current epidemic in West Africa, perhaps we can prevent another one if we take a moment to look at how Ebola and many other infectious diseases arrive on our doorstep in the first place: through the trade in animals.

Going Beyond 'Band-Aid' Care

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

An MRI here, a prescription there -- these are Band-Aids, not lasting solutions. Our communities need innovative approaches to pressing issues like homelessness, drug addiction, obesity, and lack of mental health services. To help the patient, we must also address the health of the community.

Are Humans Inducing Epidemic Outbreaks?

Anna Clark | Posted 08.04.2014 | Green
Anna Clark

So far, the consequences of a warming planet have mainly afflicted the poor. Now scientists are discovering that not only does deforestation harm the environment, it may also be directly responsible for the Ebola outbreak.

The Tobacco Fight Is Far From Over

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard K. Koh

As I conclude more than five years of service as the Assistant Secretary for Health, it is my fervent hope that we can someday relegate the tobacco epidemic to the history books. Let us stop this suffering once and for all and give our kids a fighting chance for a healthy future.

3 Things I Learned as a Shop Girl in Southampton NY That I Brought to My Work in Mozambique

Michael Seo | Posted 07.30.2014 | Small Business
Michael Seo

Two-thirds into the summer season and time zones removed from Mozambique, I began to embrace the reality that stakeholders are clients are one and the same.

The Real Danger of 'Too Much Exercise'

Brad Stulberg | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

Unduly provocative headlines based on inconclusive science work against what should be one of our country's most important public health goals -- getting people to move and exercise more.