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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...

In Support of School Lunch

Madeleine Daepp | Posted 09.07.2015 | Politics
Madeleine Daepp

The implementation of the new standards has been accompanied by real concerns about food waste, and it will never be easy to decide just how much our nation is willing to spend on children's lunches. But renewing the child nutrition programs means supporting beautifully bipartisan goals.

Fishermen First: Protecting the People Behind What We Eat

John B. Thomas | Posted 09.04.2015 | Green
John B. Thomas

Being conscious of the labors and difficulties that got that fish to your plate adds a new taste to the end of summer--one that right now is bitter and rotten, but that has the promise of a deeper, richer deliciousness--if we could only dive in and fix a system that is broken, for all of us.

Do You Love Your Dog More Than Humans?

U.S. News & World Report | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living

P. Elizabeth Anderson once had a daughter named Grace. Like any parents would, she and her husband cared for her, nurtured her and tried to keep her ...

There's A Silver Lining To The Rise In Bike Injuries

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.03.2015 | Healthy Living

  Bike riding can boost your energy levels, improve your health, and if you ride hard enough, could even help you live longer.  That said, ...

Here's Why You Shouldn't Panic About This Summer's Legionnaires' Outbreak

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living

An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy, Illinois, has infected 35 infected people and killed seven, according ...

FDA Issues Warning Letters To 5 Powdered Caffeine Distributors

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living

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The Geography of Injustice: A Story and Statistics from Baltimore

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Leana Wen, M.D.

We may think of healthcare as what medical care you get in the hospital. But what determines health is where you spend your day. It's not your genetic code that predetermines your future; it's your zip code.

More Black Patients Are Getting Kidney Transplants Thanks To Partial Matches

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.31.2015 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO (AP) -- A racial gap in kidney transplants appears to have closed, a 13-year study found. Rates of such transplants among white patients used...

We Aren't As Informed About Intellectual Disabilities As We Think We Are

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 08.27.2015 | Healthy Living

Nearly half of the American population doesn't personally know someone with an intellectual disability, and that's a problem. A groundbreaking poll&n...

Oops! Coke Apologizes After Getting Busted Spending Millions to Manipulate Science

Dr. Harold Goldstein | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Dr. Harold Goldstein

Like a cat caught with the pet canary in its mouth, the world's largest beverage company has guilt written all over its face. With little feathers still floating all over the house, Coca-Cola wants us to believe it is filled with remorse for spending millions of dollars manipulating science.

Why Dignity Is Our Destination

Eduardo Vega | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Eduardo Vega

Dignity is every human's birthright, one value that can cut across all cultures and situations. All too often, those of us with mental health challenges have experienced their dignity being taken , though, by stigma and discrimination, forceful, demeaning and negative treatment, by silencing and shame.

Here's What An Unsafe Abortion Environment Does To Women's Health

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.21.2015 | Healthy Living

Every year, 7 million women in the developing world are treated for complications from unsafe pregnancy termination. These complications can include h...

NYC Names Historic Hotel The Source Of Deadly Legionnaires' Outbreak

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.21.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) -- A historic hotel's rooftop air-conditioning unit is the source of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak that has killed 12 people and sic...

Moderate Alcohol Use Linked With Breast Cancer In Women

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.20.2015 | Healthy Living

Light to moderate drinking -- or about one drink per day -- was associated with a 13 percent increase in alcohol-related cancers in women, accor...

Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbug' Found At California Hospital

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.20.2015 | Healthy Living

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- A Los Angeles-area hospital said Wednesday that some of its patients contracted an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" that has ...

Treatment-Resistant Lice Are Now In 25 States

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.18.2015 | Healthy Living

Just in time for the new school year, head lice have become literal superbugs.   Lice have developed a high level of resistance to the most comm...

Why We Need Better Data On Antibiotic Use in Food-Animal Production

Lance B. Price | Posted 08.18.2015 | Science
Lance B. Price

Studies from around the world and dating back to the 1960s have drawn links between agricultural use of antibiotics, the development and spread of drug resistance, and resulting human infections.

New York Will Now Test Water Towers In Fight Against Legionnaires' Disease

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.18.2015 | Healthy Living

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York is now requiring the testing and inspection of building cooling towers across the state to combat Legionnaires' disease...

ICYMI: Inside The Brains Of Happy Couples And Coca-Cola's Bad Science

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week.  This week, we read pieces that ran against the conventional wisdom surrounding two controver...

FDA Approves OxyContin For Extremely Sick Kids

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.14.2015 | Healthy Living

The U.S. Food and Drug Association approved the painkiller OxyContin for children ages 11 to 16 with pain "severe enough to require daily, around-the...

Three Things About Abstinence-Only Sex Ed You Need to Know Now

Carolyn Davis | Posted 08.14.2015 | Education
Carolyn Davis

John Oliver's brilliant piece did a marvelous job laying out many of the problems in the abstinence-only approach, from its emphasis on shame and ineffectiveness in preventing unplanned pregnancy or STIs to its harmful neglect of the needs of LGBTQ teens.

This One Thing Could Keep Cops From Being Shot On The Job

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.14.2015 | Healthy Living

Support for expansive gun rights and police officers often go hand in hand, and most conversations about gun control center on civilian casualtie...

Coca-Cola's New Health Venture: Coke Is Right But So Wrong

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Gerwin

In its more than 100 years of operation, the company has not only adjusted its products to changing tastes and health concerns, it has grown into a global enterprise and thrived economically. Thus, there is hope that in its new venture, Coke will realize that it cannot be part of the solution if it is significantly contributing to the problem.

The Vast Majority Of Us Drink Too Many Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.14.2015 | Healthy Living

  Sugar-sweetened beverages are hurting everyone, and just about everyone is drinking too much of them. But the largest meta-analysis of its kind...