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National Nutrition Policy, Imperiled By Bullies

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.24.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The nation's official position for the next five years on diet for health is on the line, imperiled by bullies. I am speaking out simply because we don't know how many others, encountering the same forces, have decided doing so is not worth the abuse. I am speaking out because: it is.

The Scary Truth About Getting Fewer Than 6 Hours Of Sleep Each Night

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - People who get less than six hours of sleep a night may be more likely to have risk factors that increase their odds of diabetes, ...

Harm Reduction Is Essential to Combat the Addiction Epidemic

Kyle Barbour | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Kyle Barbour

The good news is that for decades, both injection drug users and doctors have been advocating for harm reduction, a rational and proven way to reduce infections. The idea is simple: lower the risks associated with using drugs.

Without a Plan to Tackle Addiction, You're Not Qualified to Be President

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Patrick R. Krill

While it may be tempting to dismiss me as a single-issue voter with a narrow view of the world, consider whether there is one other issue whose poisonous vines stretch so broadly across every inch of our national landscape: public health, the economy, national security, civil rights, crime, family life, and education.

How Virtual Visits Can Save Primary Care in America

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Digital technology has forever changed how consumers plan travel, manage money, reserve tables at restaurants, and plan cooking our meals at home. Today, digital technology is on the cusp of profoundly changing how we utilize health care services and "make" health for ourselves and our loved ones.

A Dangerous Trend: Seeing 'Lifestyle' as the Key to Health

Sandro Galea | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Sandro Galea

It is time we stop talking about "lifestyle" as the key to good health -- and start talking about the conditions in which we style our lives.

Mothers May Be Unwilling To Believe Their Children Are Obese

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) – Many mothers are more willing to recognize their own obesity than to see it in their child, which could hinder the child fro...

WHO Calls For Tougher Laws To Reduce Traffic Fatalities

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living

Countries must introduce tougher laws to prevent drivers from speeding or drinking and help reduce the toll of 1.25 million people killed each year i...

Combating Violence Against Displaced Women and Girls

Lindsay Stark | Posted 10.16.2015 | Women
Lindsay Stark

The plight of displaced people--a global phenomenon fueled by conflict, natural disaster, and economic adversity--exacerbates certain types of violence against women and girls.

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 reveal...

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

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

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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 c...

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 ...

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 doctor...

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, ...

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 o...

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.