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Food Day at Yale

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.16.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Saturday, October 24th is Food Day, and we will be celebrating it at the very heart of the Yale University campus, on the beautiful expanse in front o...

Adrian Robinson's Brain Disorder, Explained

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.16.2015 | Healthy Living

Adrian Robinson Jr., a professional football player who died by suicide earlier this year, had a brain disease, his autopsy recently revealed. The sam...

Male Breast Cancer Is Rare, But Lack Of Awareness Is Hurting Men

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.13.2015 | Healthy Living

Although breast cancer is about 100 times less common in men than in women, a lack of education about it can lead to late diagnoses -- a complication ...

Salt Gets An Unfair Shake, Public Health Feels The Pinch

Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS | Posted 10.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Sean C. Lucan, M.D., MPH, MS

2,300 mg of sodium is the upper level of intake recommended by existing Dietary Guidelines for Americans and by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. But are these recommendations actually justified? And will labeling appropriately focus consumer attention and improve public health?

Where You Live May Determine How Well You Sleep

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.13.2015 | Healthy Living

We know Americans aren't getting the requisite 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night that the National Sleep Foundation recommends. But some areas of the co...

Many Americans Don't Get Recommended Vaccines Before Travel

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.12.2015 | Healthy Living

Americans who travel abroad often do not receive the recommended vaccines that would protect them from certain illnesses, new research suggests. One s...

What Public Health Researchers Want You to Know About Gun Control

The Conversation US | Posted 10.11.2015 | Politics
The Conversation US

In the wake of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, The Conversation US asked two public health researchers on gun violence to help us understand this latest violent act.

ICYMI: Cancer While Pregnant Why Trying To Predict Mass Shootings Is Futile

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.10.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we tuned in for the stellar first episode of Only Human, a new podcast from WYNC about ...

The Rise (And Fall?) of Big Soda

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

Marion Nestle's new book, Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (And Winning), takes us on a fascinating, detailed and disturbing journey, tracing the rise of the world's soft drink behemoths, and the damage they have inflicted on the world's health and environment.

New Blood Test Helps ER Docs Rule Out A Heart Attack

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - A new blood test might help doctors figure out faster whether someone’s having a heart attack. The test reliably told doctors whi...

British Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Hospitalized Again

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living

LONDON (AP) -- A British nurse who recovered from Ebola last year has been hospitalized again for treatment of an unusual late complication, London's ...

One In Three Young Men In China Will Die From Smoking

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living

BEIJING (AP) -- Research published in the medical journal The Lancet says one in three of all the young men in China are likely to die from tobacco, b...

New Jersey Nurse Giving Flu Shots Reused Syringes

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.08.2015 | Healthy Living

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) -- A nurse administering flu shots to dozens of employees of a pharmaceutical company reused syringes, the state Department of...

We Are Being Crucified Upon a Cross of Guns

Suraj Patel | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Suraj Patel

I remember going to school in the days and weeks immediately following Columbine. I was in high school in Beech Grove, Indiana. The shooting came as a shock, a wake up call for the nation and we thought, a way for my generation to begin to make it right.

Understanding the Community Impacts of the Incarceration Epidemic

Linda P. Fried | Posted 10.07.2015 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

While addressing problems inherent in our system of criminal justice, we must also redirect investment and energy to prevent this epidemic of incarceration and support the health of communities.

Why We Should All Prefer a Polished Man

Alessandro Demaio | Posted 10.07.2015 | Impact
Alessandro Demaio

The Polished Man campaign reached an audience of 58 million in 2014. This year, the group is taking the campaign truly global, launching here in the USA with all local funds raised going to the New York Center for Children.

A Better Ozone Standard From the EPA -- Is It Enough?

Gretchen Goldman | Posted 10.06.2015 | Science
Gretchen Goldman

Back in 2007, a panel of scientists decided that to protect public health the national ambient air quality standard for ground-level ozone standard should be between 60 and 70 parts per billion. Last week, their recommendation was finally acted upon. But does the science still say that 70 ppb is enough?

Not Everyone Who Refuses To Vaccinate Is Politically Motivated

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living

It's tempting to lump non-vaccinators into a single category, a politically charged cohort of angry commenters and conspiracy theorists who believe th...

How Data Provides Insight To Improve Adolescents' Health

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

We all have a role to play in helping to protect the sexual health of our young people - youth can be more aware of the risks they face, and parents and schools can get the information they need to stay safe.

Speaking Freely of Guns

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.04.2015 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

For now, we have an endless litany of tragedies to which we react with collective pathos and impotence, knowing for certain that we await the next. We have a bizarre double-standard, in which the First Amendment is spared the tortured literalism imposed upon the Second by those with ulterior motives.

Waking Up To Another (Preventable) Tragedy

Sandro Galea | Posted 10.03.2015 | Politics
Sandro Galea

Unfortunately, instead of quality scholarship and policy efforts to map and respond to the risks of guns, we have seen the silencing of gun researchers, health practitioners, and policymakers intent on addressing these problems.

Our Call to the UN Solutions Summit

Eve Sullivan | Posted 10.01.2015 | Impact
Eve Sullivan

Because our instinct to put children first is strong, we often ignore our own needs as parents. Even the Sustainable Development Goals, several of which* relate to family, do not mention parents or parenting. When will policymakers, practitioners -- when will we all -- recognize parenting and family life education as our collective blind spot?

Lowering Nicotine Levels In Cigarettes Leads To Less Smoking

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.01.2015 | Healthy Living

A new study might help the push for regulations to limit nicotine in cigarettes. Smokers who switched to special low-nicotine ones wound up smoking le...

Vaccines May Provide Kids With An Unexpected Protection

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living

Parents have yet one more reason to vaccinate their children: Routine immunizations may reduce the risk of childhood stroke, according to a new study....

Why The World Health Organization's New Report Shatters Norms

Michael Hodin | Posted 09.30.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

This WHO report marks a revolution because it forces us to recognize that aging isn't just about the old. It's about all of us. And aging is not just about diseases -- but also health and activity, work and financial planning.