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Better Health, By Design

Footnote | Posted 08.03.2015 | 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.

Marrying Health and Human Rights: How LGBT Health and Population Health Will Improve Because of Marriage Equality

Sandro Galea | Posted 07.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Sandro Galea

In ruling that the 14th Amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, the U.S. Supreme Court not only addressed a fundamental issue of equality, but may have unwittingly contributed to improved public health.

Still Gun Shy After Firearms Research Ban Lifted: What Cars Can Teach Us About Guns

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Paul Spector, M.D.

The reduction in deaths due to motor vehicle accidents provides an instructive example of how a major public health problem related to a technological advance can be managed.

Kate Sheppard

Groups Call On Congress To Bar Permits For Controversial Coal Mining Practice

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Several environmental groups are petitioning Congress to take up legislation that would ban any further mountaintop removal coal mining ...

Erin Schumaker

Lead Poisoning Has Devastating Health Consequences And Primarily Affects African-Americans

HuffingtonPost.com | Erin Schumaker | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living

Before Freddie Gray died of spinal injuries he received in police custody, sparking weeks of protest in his native Baltimore and around the country, h...

Why You Should Be Concerned About America's Soda Consumption

Narayani Gupta | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Narayani Gupta

A soda tax is not a ban on sugary beverages. It's simply a more comprehensive reflection of the full costs individuals and society bear due to excess consumption.

Chapo's (Second) Escape Highlights Drug War Farce

Ted Lewis | Posted 07.13.2015 | Crime
Ted Lewis

Chapo Guzman's escape further undermines the already wounded credibility of Enrique Peña Nieto and his security apparatus. But more than that, it underlines the futility of the war on drugs and its reliance on taking out "kingpins" while never questioning the flawed prohibition policies that drive the whole bloody mess.

A Lancet Breakthrough: Publishing About Faith and Health

Katherine Marshall | Posted 07.12.2015 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

On July 7, the renowned medical publication the Lancet launched a series of articles on faith and health, led by Ed Mills. Lancet Senior Executive Editor Bill Summerskill, made clear that this was a significant departure, a first.

Five Big Questions for the Future of Global Family Planning

Pape Amadou Gaye | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Pape Amadou Gaye

Countries are catching on to the demographic dividends that come with robust family planning programs, which can help turn a low-income country into a middle-income country. In fact, for less than the cost of a cheeseburger per American per year, we could reduce the world's population growth by 500 million, saving mothers' and children's lives everywhere and helping poor countries prosper like never before. So what's the holdup? And who's being left behind?

Cancer Mortality News, Between the Lines

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The promise of cancer prevention is far from fully kept, and deserves much more attention. The relevant medicine resides not at the cutting edge of biomedical advance, but in our lifestyle patterns, and the priorities of our culture.

'Green News Report' - July 2, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.02.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Alaska and the Pacific Northwest are on fire; Warming oceans linked to ...

The President's Schizophrenia on the Working Class

Rena Steinzor | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

If the president is serious about restoring grace in our public spaces, surely those suffering most greatly among us must not be left behind.

'Green News Report' - June 30, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: U.S. Supreme Court strikes down first-ever mercury pollution rules; NJ ...

The Quality Of Health Care You Receive Likely Depends On Your Skin Color

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living

Unequal health care continues to be a serious problem for black Americans. More than a decade after the Institute of Medicine issued a landmark rep...

Abortion in Texas: Lessons From Prohibition

David A. Grimes | Posted 06.29.2015 | Women
David A. Grimes

Abortion has been with us as long as has pregnancy. It will not go away. Should safe, legal abortion become inaccessible (the goal of Republicans), women in large numbers will choose other options.

Kate Sheppard

Supreme Court Rejects Obama's Drive To Cut Mercury Emissions From Power Plants

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against an Environmental Protection Agency regulation limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from ...

A Little Number 1 Can Save Your 2 Kidneys

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 06.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Urine testing dates back to Medieval times when doctors made diagnoses based on the "Urine Wheel." Physicians of old used to examine urine with their ...

'Green News Report' - June 25, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.25.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Gov. Bobby Jindal jumps into the 2016 race -- So, what's his position o...