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Lifestyle Medicine and the Parable of the Tiny Parachute

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A commentary was published last month on the blog site of the prestigious British Medical Journal telling us, in essence, that lifestyle medicine is ineffective. Specifically, it said that screening for chronic disease risk factors in the general population, and addressing them with lifestyle counseling in the clinical setting, is of no value.

Data Is Key to Improving Outcomes for Students With Special Needs

Michele Jolin | Posted 07.11.2014 | Education
Michele Jolin

For far too long, we as a nation have set unnecessarily low education expectations for students with special needs, limiting their choices and opportunities for success.

God in Big History (VIDEOS): Factual Faith, Sacred Realism

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

Big History is humanity's first and only creation story derived from global collective learning. While secular, it nevertheless reveals a way of thinking and speaking about God that is undeniably and inescapably real.

The Fate of Front-of-Pack Labeling That Actually Works

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

News came in the past week that the front-of-pack nutrition guidance program offered by Canada's Heart and Stroke Foundation, presented as a seal of approval in the form of a check mark, was being decommissioned. With all due respect to my friends at the Foundation, and the good intentions that brought the system into existence -- good riddance to it.

Tweets Are Evidence in Court

Brad Reid | Posted 08.17.2014 | Media
Brad Reid

Most individuals understand that email does not disappear when delete is clicked. Email is valuable evidence in many forms of litigation including discrimination lawsuits. Consider a tweet as an email related form of evidence in judicial proceedings and act accordingly.

Woman Sues Employer for Premature Birth

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 08.13.2014 | Miami
Spencer Aronfeld

A significant shift in the law has just made it more difficult for the injured to get justice in Florida. The change occurred quietly when Florida's Third District Court of Appeal affirmed the dismissal of the personal injury case of Maria Franco Perez, a Miami woman who brought suit against her employer alleging that her stress level at work caused her to give birth 20 weeks early.

5 Cops Busted Lying on the Stand: Just Another Day on the Front Lines

Michael Komorn | Posted 06.30.2014 | Crime
Michael Komorn

When we discover that a police officer has lied, it raises serious questions and concerns. For every falsehood uncovered, how often does one go unnoticed? How often do an officer's lies end up becoming damning evidence against a defendant?

The Most Valuable Business Degree Doesn't Exist

Adam Grant | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

In medicine, physicians are trained to review evidence and base their practices on the latest scientific discoveries. In business schools, we have a chasm between two types of degrees.

Better Food Labels: Have We Hit the Nail on the Head?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Improving food labels, as planned by the USFDA and much in the news over the past week or so, is a welcome thing. But I do think we have cause to wonder if all the fanfare and media hype are really warranted. When all is said and done, what improvements are in the works, and how much will they really matter?

How FDA and 23andMe Dance Around Evidence That Is Not There

Cecile Janssens | Posted 03.29.2014 | Science
Cecile Janssens

23andMe has to demonstrate that their test predicts all of the 120 common diseases and 25 tests for drug response about which it makes claims - for customers of all ages and ethnicities.

What the New Budget Deal Means for Drug Policy Reform

Rafael Lemaitre | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Rafael Lemaitre

Damaging cuts caused by sequestration have placed real obstacles in the way of ensuring full support for services and programs that expand prevention, treatment and smart-on-crime initiatives that represent a 21st century approach to drug policy. But there is good news...

Please Don't Feed the Morons

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.05.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

So here we are -- at the start of a year, reflecting on the long-overdue end of the junk food era. But there's no need to hope or whine or wring our hands. We are in charge. Any time we like we could refuse to eat like morons by deciding not to swallow any more baloney. This could be that year.

A Justice Denied as Bangladesh Prosecutes War Crimes

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 02.01.2014 | World
Ronak D. Desai

Born in bloodshed, Bangladesh seeks a justice long overdue. Regrettably, the very judicial body responsible for delivering that justice instead threatens to further deny it.

Things to Consider Before Litigating

Mark Baer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime
Mark Baer

As you can see, decisions rendered in court are not based on all of the evidence -- just all of the legally admissible evidence

Love and Data

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

I was recently visiting one of our Success for All schools in the most disadvantaged neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas. The amazing principal, Kathl...

The Number One Lesson Coming Out of the Miami Dolphins Bullying Case

Carrie Goldman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Carrie Goldman

Some have asked how it is possible for a 300-pound pro football player to be a victim of bullying. It's easy to see if you break down the power dynamics.

The Anatomy Of A Crime Scene (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 09.11.2013 | Crime

There exist over 200,000 cold cases in America, and starting this September, two women are setting out to put in a dent in that number. With over ...

New Scientific Evidence Proves the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

Community Advocate Stuart | Posted 10.14.2013 | Science
Community Advocate Stuart

It is appropriate to seek evidence for claims about the nature of things and it is also equally appropriate to form our opinions and ideas around it, to be mutable in our thinking and able to evaluate our observations of the universe.

Warrantless Curtilage Searches

Brad Reid | Posted 09.16.2013 | Crime
Brad Reid

We may anticipate increasing curtilage legal issues. Curtilage protections impact the sanctity of one's house and the right to privacy, both of which are fundamental in a free society.

Cinefantastique's Here's What's Going On: Tribute to Richard Matheson

Dan Persons | Posted 08.25.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

A science fiction legend has passed... RealD has plans to go big... Stephen Moyer starts looking for Evidence...

Just My Opinion

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.23.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In my opinion, science should not be treated like a ping pong ball. No one study replaces all that came before. Every study should be interpreted in context, situated into the prior body of accumulated understanding, because that's where studies make sense.

Open Up Your Mind and Let Your Brain Shut Off

Sharon Hill | Posted 07.29.2013 | Weird News
Sharon Hill

If you refuse to admit you might be wrong -- rejecting the evidence and the plausible alternatives in order to hold on to a cherished belief -- and nothing can convince you otherwise... then who's the closed-minded one?

Money, Medicine and Myopia

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I can't say, on the basis of evidence, that NIH is misdirecting vast fortunes from where they could do the most good within our lifetimes. But I certainly do believe it. What I can say is that biomedical research dollars are subject to the same myopia that tends to dominate our personal lives.

Athletes Cheat and Get Punished, But Prosecutors Cheat and Get Promoted

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 06.04.2013 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

Given that prosecutors occupy a special "quasi-judicial" function, it would seem that a special disciplinary body should be created to investigate misconduct by prosecutors similar to the special disciplinary bodies that investigate the misconduct of judges.

WATCH: Ecology Is The New Theology

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

Those who fail to understand that evidence is modern-day Scripture, and that the world we live in is an honorable world, betray God and humanity in the most egregious of ways.