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We Aren't As Informed About Intellectual Disabilities As We Think We Are

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 08.27.2015 | Healthy Living

Nearly half of the American population doesn't personally know someone with an intellectual disability, and that's a problem. A groundbreaking poll&n...

Oops! Coke Apologizes After Getting Busted Spending Millions to Manipulate Science

Dr. Harold Goldstein | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Dr. Harold Goldstein

Like a cat caught with the pet canary in its mouth, the world's largest beverage company has guilt written all over its face. With little feathers still floating all over the house, Coca-Cola wants us to believe it is filled with remorse for spending millions of dollars manipulating science.

Why Dignity Is Our Destination

Eduardo Vega | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Eduardo Vega

Dignity is every human's birthright, one value that can cut across all cultures and situations. All too often, those of us with mental health challenges have experienced their dignity being taken , though, by stigma and discrimination, forceful, demeaning and negative treatment, by silencing and shame.

Here's What An Unsafe Abortion Environment Does To Women's Health

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.21.2015 | Healthy Living

Every year, 7 million women in the developing world are treated for complications from unsafe pregnancy termination. These complications can include h...

NYC Names Historic Hotel The Source Of Deadly Legionnaires' Outbreak

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.21.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) -- A historic hotel's rooftop air-conditioning unit is the source of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak that has killed 12 people and sic...

Moderate Alcohol Use Linked With Breast Cancer In Women

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.20.2015 | Healthy Living

Light to moderate drinking -- or about one drink per day -- was associated with a 13 percent increase in alcohol-related cancers in women, accor...

Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbug' Found At California Hospital

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.20.2015 | Healthy Living

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- A Los Angeles-area hospital said Wednesday that some of its patients contracted an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" that has ...

Treatment-Resistant Lice Are Now In 25 States

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.18.2015 | Healthy Living

Just in time for the new school year, head lice have become literal superbugs.   Lice have developed a high level of resistance to the most comm...

Why We Need Better Data On Antibiotic Use in Food-Animal Production

Lance B. Price | Posted 08.18.2015 | Science
Lance B. Price

Studies from around the world and dating back to the 1960s have drawn links between agricultural use of antibiotics, the development and spread of drug resistance, and resulting human infections.

New York Will Now Test Water Towers In Fight Against Legionnaires' Disease

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.18.2015 | Healthy Living

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York is now requiring the testing and inspection of building cooling towers across the state to combat Legionnaires' disease...

ICYMI: Inside The Brains Of Happy Couples And Coca-Cola's Bad Science

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week.  This week, we read pieces that ran against the conventional wisdom surrounding two controver...

FDA Approves OxyContin For Extremely Sick Kids

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.14.2015 | Healthy Living

The U.S. Food and Drug Association approved the painkiller OxyContin for children ages 11 to 16 with pain "severe enough to require daily, around-the...

Three Things About Abstinence-Only Sex Ed You Need to Know Now

Carolyn Davis | Posted 08.14.2015 | Education
Carolyn Davis

John Oliver's brilliant piece did a marvelous job laying out many of the problems in the abstinence-only approach, from its emphasis on shame and ineffectiveness in preventing unplanned pregnancy or STIs to its harmful neglect of the needs of LGBTQ teens.

This One Thing Could Keep Cops From Being Shot On The Job

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.14.2015 | Healthy Living

Support for expansive gun rights and police officers often go hand in hand, and most conversations about gun control center on civilian casualtie...

Coca-Cola's New Health Venture: Coke Is Right But So Wrong

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Gerwin

In its more than 100 years of operation, the company has not only adjusted its products to changing tastes and health concerns, it has grown into a global enterprise and thrived economically. Thus, there is hope that in its new venture, Coke will realize that it cannot be part of the solution if it is significantly contributing to the problem.

The Vast Majority Of Us Drink Too Many Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.14.2015 | Healthy Living

  Sugar-sweetened beverages are hurting everyone, and just about everyone is drinking too much of them. But the largest meta-analysis of its kind...

Six Ways to Rebuild Liberia's Health System: What's Next for Liberia

Joel Lamstein | Posted 08.06.2015 | Impact
Joel Lamstein

Despite new infections, Liberia is working toward rebuilding the health system and restoring confidence among communities to return to life as normal--all while keeping infection prevention practices in mind.

Better Health, By Design

Footnote | Posted 08.07.2015 | Science
Footnote

The human element has always been as important to medicine as the scientific side. Design takes this human factor into account by analyzing how healthcare is provided and used and how the behavior of doctors, patients, and other actors promotes or impedes health.

Chamber of Commerce Threatens Health of Americans

Laurent Huber | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Laurent Huber

An opinion piece published on July 30 by Al Jazeera exposes the work of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the tobacco industry in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement negotiations.

Drug Courts: Criminal Approach to a Public Health Issue

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 07.29.2015 | Crime
Elaine Pawlowski

Labeling drug court participants as addicts and forcing drug treatment on those who are not addicted because they were caught with drugs continues to misuse treatment resources. Legislators cannot use drug treatment courts as a way to address this growing public health issue.

Gilead's Greed That Kills

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 07.27.2015 | Business
Jeffrey Sachs

Gilead Sciences is an American pharmaceutical company driven by unquenchable greed. The company is causing hundreds of thousands of Americans with Hepatitis C to suffer unnecessarily and many of them to die as the result of its monopolistic practices, while public health programs face bankruptcy.

Life's Hard Realities Demand Science

Stella Salvo | Posted 07.24.2015 | Women
Stella Salvo

The experience in Ethiopia will once again ground me in reality. The opportunity to be of service is the other. My only wish is that more Americans could share in this kind of experience. I think it could result in important changes to some of their views.

The Most Important Public Health Advance of the Year: A $15 Minimum Wage

James R. Knickman | Posted 07.24.2015 | New York
James R. Knickman

Over time, I drifted to spending more and more time trying to figure out how to improve the health of low-income New Yorkers and the most vulnerable among our neighbors. What I have learned over the years is that poverty and health challenges are intrinsically intertwined.

Why a UN Financing Conference Should Matter to You

Laurent Huber | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Laurent Huber

Last Wednesday, July 15th, world leaders at the United Nations Financing For Development conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia agreed that "price and ta...

The Superbugs in Our Food Supply Must Be Stopped

Lance B. Price | Posted 07.23.2015 | Science
Lance B. Price

The food safety system in the U.S. has traditionally monitored a few well-known bacteria. We look for bugs such as Listeria, Salmonella and Campylobacter because they cause millions of food-borne infections every year. Today, my colleagues and I published research suggesting that it is time to add another pathogen to the list of bad bugs in our food.