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Despite Big Obstacles, Haiti Making Remarkable Progress Eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Haiti is not an easy place to fight disease even in the best of times. For decades, poverty, government instability and other realities often stood in the way of success. This is why the recent data showing Haiti is protecting its entire population from lymphatic filariasis is a milestone.

We Can Dramatically Decrease Deadly Infections in America's Hospital Patients

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Recently we announced a major new finding - a simple way to save tens of thousands of lives. Around 100,000 people die every year because of infecti...

Health Care Costs: Fewer Americans Have Trouble Paying Medical Bills

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 08.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

CDC's report, Problems Paying Medical Bills: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January 2011-June 2012, provides some encouraging news. The data show fewer Americans have trouble paying their medical bills.

Fear and Misinformation: Meningitis and the LGBT Community

James Peron | Posted 06.14.2013 | Gay Voices
James Peron

Meningitis is a communicable disease. So is fear. Let's be rational and work to stop the one, without spreading the other.

Why It's Time to Have the Drinking Talk With Your Tweens and Teens

Leah Odze Epstein | Posted 04.16.2013 | Parents
Leah Odze Epstein

Being a golden kid creates its own kind of stress, and shy kids who don't socialize much can suffer from social anxiety. That first taste of booze, with its melting away of inhibitions, can seem like a magic bullet to an introverted person. Take it from me: I was one of them

Is The Walking Dead Nearing Its 'Jump-the-Shark' Moment?

David Aronchick | Posted 04.09.2013 | TV
David Aronchick

Not only is The Walking Dead the most-watched drama series on basic cable, American society has gone zombie-mad! Instead of a population of nerds like me watching late night zombie flicks on the Sci-Fi channel, now large swaths of the population are soaking up the living dead.

Midday Diversity News And Notes

Janell Ross | Posted 03.19.2013 | Latino Voices
Janell Ross

In November, the power of the fast-growing Latino electorate seemed to be conversation topic one for those interested in politics. This week, Latino Decisions, a polling firm that specializes in tracking and gauging the opinions of Hispanics, brings us an interesting reminder that the real power of the Latino vote has not yet been tapped.

The Media Should Bury NRA's Wayne LaPierre on the Business Pages Where He Belongs

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.21.2013 | Media
Peter Dreier

On Friday, the NRA issued a brief statement that LaPierre would hold a press event the following day, thus ending its week-long silence. At the appointed time, reporters and camera operators flocked to LaPierre's speech like a herd of sheep waiting for their daily feeding.

Smokeout Day 2012: Realities Behind the New Numbers

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Seidman

While adult smoking rates in the general population were cut in half between 1965 and 2004, the ratio of heavy and dependent smokers who meet the psychiatric definition of "nicotine dependence" is steadily rising.

5 Facts Autism Families Want President Obama to Know

Hannah Brown | Posted 01.07.2013 | Parents
Hannah Brown

I was one of the millions who voted for you, and as the mother of a teenage boy with autism, I am grateful that you did so much in your first term to help families coping with autism.

The Zombies of Summer

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

As the homophobes and religious bullies lose ground in public opinion, they lash out in ever more extreme ways. But we cannot let ourselves chase the loons down every rabbit hole.

Vermont Lawmakers Debate Letting Parents Say No To Vaccines For School

AP | DAVE GRAM | Posted 04.23.2012 | Education

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- For Jennifer Stella, it's a question of informed consent. Her son had a seizure after getting childhood vaccinations and her daught...

Nearly 1 In 4 Babies Are Born To Unwed Cohabiting Couples

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 04.12.2012 | Parents

ATLANTA -- Health officials say nearly 1 in 4 babies are born to unmarried couples who are living together, a significant jump from a decade ago. The...

A Human-Rights Lens on the Affordable Care Act

Risa E. Kaufman | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Risa E. Kaufman

By extending health care coverage to new, under-served groups, the ACA squarely responds to concerns repeatedly raised by international human rights bodies and experts about racial disparities in U.S. health care policy.

Readers Inflamed: 'The Great Fat Debate' -- Heart Month Day 23

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

The crux of the matter is that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is increasingly thought of as an inflammation rather than a traditional "disease." Your age, gender, personal risk factors, and what you eat make a difference in when, and if, you develop this type of inflammation.

D.C. Mixologist: CDC Binge Drinking Report 'Obscures Real Problem'

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 01.20.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- A few weeks ago, a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shocked teetotalers everywhere when it announced that 38 mil...

Why One-Size-Fits-All Drinking Rules Don't Work

Leah Odze Epstein | Posted 03.18.2012 | Women
Leah Odze Epstein

Most of us need mentoring, and appreciate all the information that scientists, researchers and others share. Guidance is fine. Strict, all-or-nothing, one-size-fits-all rules are not.

Study: Half Of Returning Troops Aren't Using VA Medical Services

Posted 12.28.2011 | Impact

Though thousands of injured troops in need of medical care have recently come home, they're not taking advantage of the Department of Veterans Affairs...

Tom Zeller Jr.

Weather Extremes Hint At Public Health Impacts Of Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 12.08.2011 | Green

After a year of unprecedented destruction attributed to weather extremes, federal officials and environmental advocates are focusing increased attenti...

Are Haiti's Cholera Victims Warren Buffett's "Girls in the Convertible?"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 01.31.2012 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

Are Fonkoze and Mercy Corps unwittingly helping major stockholders in the reinsurance firm Swiss Re turn Haitian women into Buffett's "girl(s) in the convertible?"

Cell Phones: A Biological Part of You

Matthew Edlund, M.D. | Posted 01.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Matthew Edlund, M.D.

Cell phones change economies, communication, education, human brains and inner-human ecology. Treat them with respect -- as biologically part of your hand. Keep them clean.

Cantaloupe Outbreak: Death Toll Rises Again

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 12.19.2011 | Denver

WASHINGTON — Twenty-five deaths in 12 states are now linked to listeria in cantaloupe, the deadliest known outbreak of foodborne illness in the ...

Aging HIV/AIDS Patients Face New Challenges

sunherald.com | ANDREA K. WALKER | Posted 12.01.2011 | Fifty

BALTIMORE -- When Malcolm Coley was diagnosed with HIV, he began preparing to die. The Baltimore man, a former heroin user who suspects he contract...

Deadliest Food Outbreak In A Decade

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 11.27.2011 | Denver

WASHINGTON -- Federal health officials said Wednesday more illnesses and possibly more deaths may be linked to an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe i...

2nd Colo. Death Linked To Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak

AP | Posted 11.21.2011 | Denver

DENVER -- Health officials say a second person has died in Colorado in a listeria outbreak traced to Colorado cantaloupes. Mark Salley of the Colorad...