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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 t...

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 l...

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.

WHO Revises Guidelines For HIV-Positive Patients

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.30.2015 | Healthy Living

LONDON (AP) -- The World Health Organization has revised its HIV guidelines to recommend that anyone who tests positive for the virus that causes AID...

Public Health 2.0: Planetary Health

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

This week, the United Nations unveiled 17 goals that comprise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A smart place to start: The connections between human health and planet. If we wait to focus on planet until after the SDGs sunset in 2030, it will be much too late.

This Mobile Chlamydia Test Could Change How We Test For STIs

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living

A new smartphone-based test for chlamydia that delivers results in just 30 minutes could change the way we test for sexually transmitted disease...

More Help Needed for Syria's Disabled and Maimed

Emily O'Dell | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Emily O'Dell

When I see images on my screen of Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe, I can't help but think of all the individuals in Syria with disabilities who can't swim, run, and jump on crowded trains to escape the horrors they've seen.

More Than 1 Million Malaria Cases Per Year Due to African Dams, Study Finds

Peter Bosshard | Posted 09.23.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The connection between dams and malaria has long been known. The stagnant water of reservoirs and the puddles along their shorelines create perfect conditions for the Anopheles mosquito, which transmits malaria, to breed. Yet until now, the problem has never been comprehensively examined.

Food Insecurity And Inactivity Are Driving The Obesity Epidemic

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living

Obesity rates in Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Utah are on the rise, while rates in other states are holding steady, according to a ne...

The FDA Is Reviewing This Birth Control Implant For Safety

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal medical experts will take a closer look at a host of problems reported with the birth control implant called Essure, inclu...

The Government Is Learning How To Change Your Behavior -- Supposedly For Your Own Good

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 09.21.2015 | Technology

Not every effort to change how we make choices will go flat like the soda ban that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration tried to impose up...

Quiet Is Crucial to Your Health: The Dangers of Urban Noise

Carrie Sturrock | Posted 09.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Carrie Sturrock

Because of increasing urbanization, noise pollution will only worsen and affect more people. The U.S. National Prevention Strategy -- tasked with increasing the number of healthy Americans through wellness and prevention -- can put noise on the national health policy agenda.

Dear GOP Candidates, Delaying Vaccines Is A Terrible Idea

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 09.17.2015 | Healthy Living

Donald Trump is once again peddling dangerous and bad ideas about health, this time with erroneous remarks on vaccinations. During Wednesday's CNN Re...

Energy Drinks Tied To Brain Injuries In Teens

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.17.2015 | Healthy Living

Teens who drink energy drinks a lot are more likely to get head injuries than those who don't consume the highly caffeinated beverages, a new st...

Making Health Equity A Reality In America

Rep. Robin Kelly | Posted 09.18.2015 | Black Voices
Rep. Robin Kelly

Your zip code, ethnicity and bank balance shouldn't determine your health. The Kelly Report on Health Disparities in America puts us one step closer to balancing the scales and realizing the core mission of the CBC Health Braintrust: Achieving health equity in a generation.

Australia To Penalize Parents Who Don't Vaccinate Their Children

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.16.2015 | World

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The Australian government said on Wednesday that it will pass a law that would withhold child care and other payments fro...

Mental Health Barriers

Elizabeth Pessin | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Pessin

If depression is developed during adolescent years, it will most likely impact the adult years. Depression is one of the many mental health conditions that can contribute to a host of problems that may include disability, pain or death.

Sleep Scientist Says Starting Work At 10 A.M. Is What Nature Intended

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.10.2015 | Healthy Living

A sleep scientist in England just confirmed what we already knew: getting to work before 9 a.m. is torture. "Staff should start at 10 a.m.," Paul Kel...

Food Insecure Children Are More Likely To Be Obese

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.09.2015 | Healthy Living

It's a contradiction in the starkest terms. The nation's most food-insecure children are also at the greatest risk for childhood obesity, according t...

Child Death Rates Cut By Half Worldwide

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.09.2015 | Healthy Living

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) -- Children are half as likely to die before their fifth birthday now than they were in 1990, researchers said on...