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Epidemiology

Childhood Obesity: Have We Turned the Tide?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.28.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The headline in the New York Times, was: "Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43 Percent in a Decade." This, and similarly effusive headlines reverberating throughout the news media, would seem to invite the question: have we, in fact, turned the tide? Is the mission accomplished?

Do We Need to Kill Our Heroes?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I am, of course, still a child of love and privilege. But I have at least this claim against naiveté: I have looked into the eyes of someone ready, willing, and eager to kill me. I have at least this notion of what's out there.

ICK! Guess Where Scientist Found New Kind Of Tick

| Lizzie Wade | Posted 10.08.2013 | Science

Tony Goldberg had been back from Uganda for only about a day when he felt a distressingly familiar itch in his nose. A veterinary epidemiologist at th...

Gabriela Aoun

Killer Diet Supplement? Liver Damage Cases In Hawaii Rise To 30

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriela Aoun | Posted 10.03.2013 | Healthy Living

The number of recent liver damage cases linked to dietary supplements has risen from 10 to 30 in the last week. All 30 cases have been reported in Haw...

Poison Or Medicine?

John Berardi, Ph.D. | Posted 11.29.2013 | Healthy Living
John Berardi, Ph.D.

When it comes to heart disease risk, caffeinated coffee can actually be a "poison" for one person. And a "medicine" for another. It all depends on one little gene.

Dietary Supplements Linked To 10 'Severe' Liver Failure Cases In Hawaii

Posted 09.27.2013 | Healthy Living

Ten young, seemingly-healthy people have been admitted into Hawaii hospitals in the last five months for varying degrees of liver inflammation and fai...

Social(organ)ism

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Socialism is a dirty word, perhaps deservedly so. But the real trouble resides with our persistent use, and misuse, of a word we made dirty. Vocabulary so encumbered is like bathwater we refuse to drain; it takes on an opacity that quite obscures the baby

The New 'Black Death': Why Are Black People Dying at Record Rates in Chicago?

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

They say that no man knows the number of his days and that death comes like a thief in the night. However, for the black men and women in Chicago, death can seem less like a faraway event and more like a day-to-day certainty.

Why Most Diet Research Sucks

Dr. Jonny Bowden | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonny Bowden

What happens is that these observational studies become the basis of health policy. They don't generate hypothesis that can be tested and either proven or disproven, they generate the assumption of cause and effect, which is reinforced by the media, and becomes the basis of public health policy.

Can Eating Enoki Mushrooms Lower Your Cancer Risk?

Paul Stamets | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Stamets

While there are no clusters of enoki growers and enoki eaters to study in the U.S. like there are in Nagano, this Japanese study could inspire epidemiologists to study the effect of higher mushroom consumption.

'Dramatic' Circumcision Study May Explain Procedure's Big Health Benefit

Posted 04.16.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 04/16/2013 08:07 AM EDT on LiveScience Circumcision changes the bacteria ecosystem of t...

Cracking Open a Cancer Cluster

OnEarth | Posted 05.22.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By Elizabeth Royte, OnEarth Toms River, New Jersey, wasn't polluted in a day. Ciby-Geigy and Union Carbide dumped their wastes in this small coastal ...

What Needs to Be Done About the Rising Rate of Advanced Breast Cancer in Young Women

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

For young women with breast cancer, the stakes of treatment are greater -- in terms of potential for life-years saved, and in terms of the risks of therapy

All the Wrong Questions

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

If "the people" does not, and cannot, mean all people, and if the Founders did not further specify which people -- then that is a question we are obligated to ask and answer. Which people? And, similarly, what arms?

Swine Flu Study Links Ethnicity, Vulnerability To Virus

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2013 | Science

LONDON (Reuters) - British and Chinese scientists have found a genetic variant which explains why Chinese populations may be more vulnerable to the H1...

Shore as Shooting

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

This really has nothing to do with the Second Amendment, and certainly doesn't infringe on it. The Second Amendment doesn't say anything about what kind of "arms" we can bear. We are left, as a modern society with weapons unimagined in the days of our Founding Fathers, to figure that out for ourselves.

Stalking the Wild Pathogen: Viral Threats to Modern Humanity

Steve Heilig | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Steve Heilig

Writers and filmmakers have long liked apocalyptic stories. But out in the real world, it might well be that the most likely cause of our specie's demise will be a microscopic bug we cannot defeat, and that we vanish, or vastly diminish, not with a bang but a whimper.

Watch Your Step: There Might Be a Needle on the Sidewalk

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 09.26.2012 | Miami
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Given the state's current political climate, it's unlikely Florida will change its drug paraphernalia laws any time soon, which means the residents of inner city Miami will need to continue to watch their step.

What If We Eradicated All Infectious Disease?

Posted 09.15.2012 | Science

By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 06/11/2012 11:13 AM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries In this weekly series, Life's Little Mysteries provides exper...

Yogurt Diet Tied To Testicle Size In Strange Mouse Study

| Elie Dolgin | Posted 05.07.2012 | Science

Last sum­mer a team of researchers from the Massa­chusetts Institute of Technology set out to better understand the effects of yogurt on obesity. T...

Re-understanding Violence as We Had to Re-Understand Plague..To Cure It

Gary Slutkin | Posted 06.19.2012 | Chicago
Gary Slutkin

Human history is filled with tragic blunders that fail to put their finger on the problem, and actually compose a "solution" that has no value. This is where we are today, relying on prisons as solutions to reducing the epidemics of violence.

Did Columbus Bring Syphilis to Europe?

The Huffington Post | Travis Korte | Posted 01.08.2012 | Science

When Columbus returned to Europe from his voyage to America, he and his crew brought news that would reshape the world. And according to recent resear...

Update on the Pandemic Disease of the 21st Century

Bernard Starr | Posted 09.11.2011 | Comedy
Bernard Starr

The chief symptom of Posterior Alimentary Canal Syndrome resists any potential cure. Sufferers have their heads up the posterior end of the alimentary canal (also known as the rear end).

Weekly Pulse: New Anti-Choice Bill Suggests More #DearJohn Letters Needed

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Health advocate Eesha Pandit and blogger Sady Doyle join GRITtv host Laura Flanders for a discussion...

Medical Research, Lifestyle Choices and Your Health Destiny

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Premature death and chronic disease are overwhelmingly the result of a short list of behaviors we control; that list is dominated by just three: tobacco use, dietary pattern and physical activity.