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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...

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.