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Disease Prevention

The Slow Medicine Incentive: Healthy People Have More Fun

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

In my case 15 years ago, I wanted to be a better father and raise a healthy son. This motivation empowered me to make a lifestyle change that ended up transforming my life for the better.

Are Those Responsible for Employee Health Appropriately Trained to Make the Right Decisions?

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 09.10.2014 | Business
Dr. Derek Yach

The cost of health insurance in the U.S. is clearly a concern for employers. In 2010, American employers spent a total of $560.9 billion for group health insurance, an increase of approximately 67 percent over the past 10 years.

End the War on Disease

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Through my work with thousands of patients over the years, I have discovered that illness can serve as a catalyst for a new and improved life, if the situation is approached mindfully. Someone with heart disease, for example, can use the illness as an opportunity to get into and enjoy moving her body.

Healing and the Power of Yoga

Kripalu | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Kripalu

I am grateful to be part of this ever-unfolding ancient healing path, and pleased to see these tools being incorporated into contemporary medical thought. Like two wings of a bird, these old and new approaches balance and support us in achieving the health and well-being we seek.

WATCH: Getting Ahead Of The Curve -- The Case For Prevention

Posted 06.26.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 2:40 - 3:40pm and 4:40 - 5:40pm EST. The problem with prevention is that when it works, no one really notices. Although perhaps not a...

The Power of Prevention

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 06.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Benjamin Franklin once said that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," yet 279 years later his words still have not been successfully put into medical practice.

Body Parts and Skin in the Game

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Those of us hoping for health need our kids as much as they need us. In unity there is strength, after all. A family that eats well together has no junk food in the house in the first place.

New Study Explodes the 'Eskimo Myth'

Neal Barnard, M.D. | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Neal Barnard, M.D.

The idea is that a diet of fish and blubber -- not vegetables and fruits -- has kept Arctic natives free of heart disease. A new study, published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, suggests that the myth is, in fact, a myth.

When the Wicked Stepmother Fran Drescher Tells You to Get to Work, Better Listen

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

We all know about the wicked stepmother in the story of Cinderella, and how she orders poor Cinderella to do the cleaning and household chores. The ro...

National Public Health Week: Start With Us

Dr. Georges C. Benjamin | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Georges C. Benjamin

This year's theme, "Public Health: Start Here," testifies to our need to change the way our nation thinks about health -- from one that focuses on sick care to one that prevents sickness and injury from happening in the first place. Each day we will emphasize a different way to get started.

On Faith and Data

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I have clung to the conviction that truth is often immediately furtive, but relentless and ultimately indomitable. Seekers of truth are patient of necessity, obliged to be disciples of time. So far, I have kept the faith that eventually enough data would rally us to common understanding and common cause.

Jennifer Beals Leads Stroller Brigade for Safer Chemicals at U.S. Capitol

Lindsay Dahl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Lindsay Dahl

People from all walks of life took time off of work, away from their families and traveled to D.C. for a shared common goal: to ask Congress for leadership on meaningful laws on toxic chemicals.

You Can Fix the Health Care Reform Hullabaloo

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Health isn't built in hospitals; disease is treated there. Health is built every day, over the course of a lifetime, in the places we work, and learn, and play, and pray, and love, and live. Or it isn't. And if it isn't, the "health care" system can't fix it.

Addressing HIV/AIDS in 2013 and Beyond: Why the Future Demands Its Integration Into the Chronic Diseases Spectrum

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick

Integrating HIV disease management into our conversations about and strategies for addressing chronic diseases would be a public health game changer -- not only medically, but socially.

How and Why We Age: The Power of Telomeres and Telomerase

Dennis Kravetz | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Dennis Kravetz

Twenty years ago little was known about the aging process. Many ideas existed but nothing was certain. Today we know how and why we age. We cannot control it just yet, but even that may change in the near future.

Into the Wild: Rabies Prevention Tips for Pets

Natasha Ashton | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Natasha Ashton

As the recent news reports have shown, rabies is still a risk worth learning about. Knowing how to not only identify an infected animal, but how to keep your pets out of harm's way, can mean the difference between life and death for our furry friends -- and can make for safer community.

We Don't Practice What We Preach When It Comes To Disease Prevention

Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living

By: Christopher Wanjek, Bad Medicine Columnist Published: 07/09/2013 10:05 AM EDT on LiveScience Why doesn't America invest more in disease preve...

Prevention in Health Care: Reforming the Debate

Stephen A. Brunton, M.D., FAAFP | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Stephen A. Brunton, M.D., FAAFP

Like anything, when it comes to health care, there is a careful balance that needs to be achieved between doing what is best for the patient, and being prudent in managing costs to the system.

Uncomplicating Matters on the Way to Health

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Getting to health doesn't need to be all that complicated. And it also doesn't need to be about "should." Don't pursue health because it's an obligation, or because someone says you should. Pursue health because health is a currency you can spend on living better.

Skin in the Game

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
David Katz, M.D.

Knowledge could be power. A way to health -- for us, and our kids -- could be allied to the will we have for it. But only if we come together, and do something.

On Vulnerability, and Opportunity: Is Forewarned Forearmed?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

With the help of a cameo appearance by a friend you are likely to know, a preventionist reflects on vulnerability -- and the opportunity to take arms against a sea of troubles imperiling our children, and by opposing -- end them!

Food As Medicine: How Diet Can Help Prevent Cancer

Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D. | Posted 04.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D.

Although more research is needed, there is no doubt that diet plays a role in cancer prevention. Without scientific support for which individual nutrients are most effective, people should adopt a whole-foods approach to ensure a balanced intake of protective phytonutrients.

Wellness in a Complex World

Monica O. Weinberg, MD | Posted 04.08.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Monica O. Weinberg, MD

Why is it so difficult to incorporate healthy lifestyle choices into the way we live? Although many of us know what the right choices are with regards to diet and exercise, many people find it challenging to adhere to healthier behaviors.

23andMe and Me: Personal Genomics Coming of Age, Part 3

Paul Knoepfler | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Knoepfler

I see personal genomics more generally evolving rapidly to become a major part of everyday life for Americans and around the globe. At the same time, potential problems associated with it will continue to emerge in parallel and merit serious evaluation.

Contemplation: A Healthy State of Mind

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.25.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Many people do not have a scale, and what's more, do not want one. Or if they have one, they never use it. There are many explanations for such avoidance.