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Why The Ban On Gun Violence Research Is A Public Health Issue

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.07.2015 | Healthy Living

Just hours before the mass shooting in San Bernardino on Wednesday, physicians gathered on Capitol Hill to demand an end to the Dickey Amendment ...

Medical Examiner Shortage Means Grieving Families Wait Months For Results

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.07.2015 | Healthy Living

BOSTON (AP) -- A severe shortage of medical examiners nationwide means families must sometimes wait months for death certificates and autopsy reports...

Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak Broadens To 9 States

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.04.2015 | Healthy Living

The E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc has expanded to three more states, bringing the total to nine, and 47 of the 52 people sick...

Restaurant Group Sues NYC Over New Salt-Warning Labels

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.04.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's new warning label for salt-laden chain restaurant food is headed for a court fight, after restaurateurs sued Thursda...

Human Cases of 'Rabbit Fever' Have Jumped This Year

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.04.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials are seeing an increase of a rare illness called rabbit fever that was beaten back decades ago. In the last two deca...

Healthland Uber Alles: Uber Brings Preventive Health Care Home

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 12.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

It may seem strange that innovation in health care is coming from the marriage of information technology and a cab company. This speaks to an unconscious bias that health is a doctor's domain. The reality is doctors know little about health and lots about illness. It is not a health care system. It is a sick care system.

10 Facts on HIV and Sex Work

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.03.2015 | Impact
Katherine Koster

Sex workers are recognized by the World Health Organization, along with other major health and human rights organizations, as one of four key populations in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

Hold the Salt: NYC Warning Labels and Tips You Can Take to Shake the Habit

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 12.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

In addition to being on the lookout for the salt shaker icons (if you live in NYC), here are six things we can all do to reduce or salt consumption.

8 Common Misconceptions About HIV And AIDS

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 12.01.2015 | Healthy Living

There's plenty to be proud of in the fight against HIV and AIDS this year. Today is World AIDS Day, when we'll celebrate campaigns like New York Gov....

One More Good Reason To Be Active Early In Life

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.01.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Young adults who exercise may have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and higher survival odds decades later than their peers ...

NYC's Salt Warning Labels Take Effect This Week

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City begins a new era in nutritional warnings this week, when chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol...

There Aren't Enough Specialists To Treat Our Growing Obese Population

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living

There are currently fewer than 6,000 endocrinologists in the U.S., according to a new analysis, confirming a health care shortage that's particu...

France Detects First Bird Flu Outbreak In Years

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living

France, the European Union's biggest agriculture producer, reported an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in chickens on Wednesday, its first...

Coke Would Like The World To Buy The Idea That Soda Is Healthy

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) -- A nonprofit founded to combat obesity says the $1.5 million it received from Coke has no influence on its work. But emails obtained ...

With Millions On HIV Treatment, AIDS Pandemic Tide Turns

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living

Some 15.8 million people are now on HIV treatment and a five-year strategy to end the threat of a never-ending AIDS pandemic is starting to show resu...

1 In 3 Healthy Adults Will Develop Diabetes Over Their Lifetime

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.22.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Almost half of 45-year-olds will develop so-called prediabetes, an elevated blood sugar level that often precedes diabetes, accord...

E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Chipotle Spreads To 3 More States

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.20.2015 | Healthy Living

Three new states today reported E. coli infections in the same strain as the Chipotle outbreak in the Pacific Northwest earlier this fall, ...

Nursing Homes Use Old-Fashioned Objects To Trigger Dementia Patients' Memories

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living

EASTON, Pa. (AP) -- From the antique cast-iron stove in the kitchen to the ancient wood-paneled radio in the living room, the decor in The Easton Hom...

Many Children With Cancer Were Born With Genes That Increase Risk

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living

Gene sequencing of more than 1,000 children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer found that as many as 8.5 percent were born with genes that increas...

U.S. Public Health Funding On The Decline

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - U.S. public health funding – which covers things like disease prevention, cancer screenings, contraceptives and vaccines &nd...

Cancer Screening Recommendations and The "Expertise Fallacy"

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Posted 11.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

By Paul Marantz, M.D., M.P.H. The American Cancer Society (ACS), an advocacy organization that has fairly recently (and very positively) taken a more...

To Curb Rising Costs, Experts Call For Ban On Prescription Drug Ads

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO (AP) -- The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for a ban on direct-to-consumer ads for prescription drugs and implantable medical...

Experts Push For Pregnancy Warning Labels On Pot Products

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.17.2015 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO (AP) -- Warning: Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding poses potential harms. That message would be written on medical and recrea...

"Curbing" Road Traffic Deaths in Developing Countries with Emergency Care

Adam Lewis | Posted 11.13.2015 | Impact
Adam Lewis

This Sunday is one of those international awareness days you don't hear much about. Football teams won't wear a particular color, Google won't change its logo and newspapers probably won't devote their front page to the cause. But its importance and relevance are nonetheless profound.

U.S. Obesity Rates Are Rising Again, Especially Among Minority Women

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.12.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) -- Obesity is still rising among American adults, despite more than a decade of public-awareness campaigns and other efforts to get peo...