Did you know that, as an American, you're likely to have worse health and die younger than someone in virtually any other rich nation in the world? This is true regardless of who you are or what you do to live as healthy a life as possible.
Regardless of whether or not this controversial research continues, you can bet one thing: Our risk for a deadly form of the "bird flu" virus and other pathogens remain high as long as we don't improve our treatment of animals.
Prevention delivers real value as a cost-effective way to keep Americans healthy and improve their quality of life. Everyone wins when we prevent disease rather than treating people after they get sick.
Today's public does not recognize the public health danger associated with sugar-sweetened soda. But with the advance of public awareness, it's possible that images of Beyoncé with the Pepsi logo painted on her lips might be reserved for history books.
Diabetes is hurting people both at the personal and the national levels. The best way to fight Type 2 diabetes is to avoid it in the first place. Developing healthy nutrition and physical activity habits are critical factors in avoiding diabetes.
If "the people" does not, and cannot, mean all people, and if the Founders did not further specify which people -- then that is a question we are obligated to ask and answer. Which people? And, similarly, what arms?
The nation has gone too long without a real commitment to the health and welfare of children and youth. Too many children live in poverty or suffer from lack of access to regular health care, dental care or mental health services.
The Duke Healthy Lifestyle program includes talking to children -- mostly adolescents -- and their families about healthy eating, and providing them with a fitness routine at a local gym. A program for the entire family to do together.
The world's supply chain forms the backbone of our global economy, security and health, and the risks it faces are many. What to do? We cannot plan for precisely how or when, but we can plan for the fact that disruptions will strike.
These days, we talk incessantly about living well and achieving life balance, yet we wear masks to hide our pain. No matter who you are, true wellness can never be achieved behind these and without facing our pain and stressors.
For the global fight against HIV/AIDS, the struggle continues to keep Washington's sexual politics from blocking any health workers' mission to uphold the only pledge that matters: their commitment to healing their communities.
We've got a ways to go still with smoking and vehicular safety. But let's put the public health cross-hairs now, please, on guns and their accompanying violence. Now is the time for Congress to do its part and pass the legislation that President Obama has asked for.
Policies that gain controversy in their engagement with obesity are helpful for making a very public (yet uncomfortably avoided) issue further visible. It's hard to talk about obesity, private or public. Policies like the soda rule can be vehicles for those discussions to take place.
Perhaps our discussion about education is so limited and inadequate in part because we simply lack the right terms with which to have it. If so, drawing on the field of public health, and lessons derived from it, might help.
It is estimated that every three seconds, a child death is prevented thanks to care provided by a frontline health worker. But many don't have all the support and supplies they need to do their jobs well, and hundreds of thousands more are needed to end preventable deaths.
Would we fall off the edge of the earth if we produced only enough to live healthy, peaceful lives? After the startling results brought to light in a recent health report, many are questioning whether it is better to strive for high corporate growth at the expense of life expectancy.
Let's dispense with tortured logic and contorted arguments. Arguments get mangled when the truth sticks in your craw. One relevant truth is: A lot of people just like big guns. Big guns make people feel powerful. Lots of people like to be able to say: My gun's bigger than your gun!