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Salt In The Wound

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Hypothetically, we could find ourselves in trouble by eating too little salt. But hypothetically, we could incur injury from an excess of oxygen. That's not a good reason to stop breathing.

Diet Research, Stuck in the Stone Age

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.02.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This was a study designed to generate a predictably useless, misleading, and potentially harmful answer to an egregiously silly and perhaps even willfully disingenuous question. If science were generally this bad, we would never have exited the Stone Age.

Sodium Studies, With a Grain of Salt

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

It is theoretically possible to consume too little sodium, but whether the relevant cut-point is set high or low, the vast majority of adults living in the real world consume too much.

An Open Letter to the Chicago Media

K. Sujata | Posted 10.04.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

The following are just a few of the issues that ought to be hitting our local headlines.

Study: Saturated Fat as Bad as Sugar!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Folks, when it comes to food, and food for thought alike, it is mostly stupidity that is killing us. Stupidity is worse for us than either sugar or saturated fat.

8 Winning Headline Strategies and the Psychology Behind Them

Courtney Seiter | Posted 08.13.2014 | Technology
Courtney Seiter

What is especially interesting is to dig into the psychology behind some well known headline formulas to begin to understand what makes them so irresistibly clickable.

Morning News Round-Up: Headline Edition

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

No, I wasn't terribly concerned or interested in what "Joe the Plumber" said. I mean, honestly, he's "Joe the Plumber." Mainly, I just never realized that a person's 15 minutes of fame could last this long. Maybe my watch stopped. I'll have to check.

Don't Blame Islam for Boko Haram

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

End this sensationalism, please. Let's bring the filthy thugs of Boko Haram to justice, yesterday. And let's stop elevating their status by linking them to Islam in our headlines from tomorrow.

What Do You Think About? Maybe It's Time to Take Out the Trash

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 06.15.2014 | Religion
Dr. Robert M. Myers

Have you watched the news recently and just been depressed when it ended? I was recently looking at the headlines and remembered again why I don't spend much time there. I sure don't find many stories that make my life richer.

What I Would Do If My Foot Caught Fire

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.14.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If my foot caught fire, I would just go ahead and fetch a pail of water. Soldiering past the want of randomized clinical trials on the topic, and weirdly wonderful fad approaches would test me sorely, but I think I could deal with it.

You Won't Click Past The Headline -- But You Should

Akhila Satish | Posted 06.14.2014 | Science
Akhila Satish

The past two weeks, I have argued that the headlines of mainstream media stories on science are misleading the public and doing science a disservice. In my critique, I have often wondered if people are only reading the headlines.

The Gravity of Misinformation

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The recent concentration of misleading media hooey about health has been excruciating, but the problem is perennial. I trust I needn't make the case that you are under constant assault by distorted, contorted, titillating, and insipid headlines.

Severe Obesity? Let 'Em Eat Kale!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We need to reorient our cultural attitude about obesity so it is not an excuse to argue the respective merits of personal responsibility and public policy. Rather, if we are to fix it at its origins, we need to acknowledge that people who are empowered are most capable, and most inclined, to exercise responsibility.

5 Happy Headlines That Will Make You Believe In Humanity

goodnet.org | Posted 04.03.2014 | Good News

Reading or watching the news can be a difficult task, and before turning on the computer or TV, one has to prepare for a barrage of difficult and not-...

Another Dollop of (About, Actually) Butter

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In the aftermath of his commentary about butter in the New York Times, Mark Bittman and I -- along with several others, including Dr. Dariush Mozzafarian from Harvard, one of the authors of the study that set this all in motion -- were invited to discuss the health effects of butter on the NPR program, "On Point," this morning.

The New Dietary Fat Study: What You Will Hear and What It Really Means

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

No, it is not suddenly good to eat more saturated fat -- and the new study grabbing headlines showed no such thing. The study, a meta-analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine, shows the following two things in particular: (1) you cannot get a good answer to a bad question; and (2) there is more than one way to eat badly.

Are They Even Talking About The Same Story?

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 02.26.2014 | Media

Most media organizations took to Twitter and mobile alerts to report that Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoed an Arizona bill that would have allowed businesse...

Sweet Heart, You Suck

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, epidemiology has given "sweetheart" a whole new meaning with a study demonstrating an association between sugar intake and heart disease.

Knee Jerk Headlines and The Captain and Tennille

Lisa Rinkus | Posted 03.26.2014 | Divorce
Lisa Rinkus

Staying married for any length of time can be challenging. A union that lasts for nearly 40 years is like winning the lottery. We should all be so lucky.

11 Headlines We'd Like To See In 2014

Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News

Here's a fun exercise: Imagine a perfect 2014 -- not just for yourself, but for the rest of the world. What does it look like? No hateful picketing...

What Headlines Would Look Like If We Lived in a Mathematically Literate World

Ben Orlin | Posted 02.03.2014 | Media
Ben Orlin

2013-12-04-300HL7.jpg Our World: Still No Scientific Consensus on Global Warming Mathematically Literate World: Still 90 Percent Scientific Consensus on Global Warming

Cookies, Cocaine, and Culture

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

The need for Oreos to be indicted of war crimes before we acknowledge we are eating too many of them, and foods like them, says something profoundly disturbing about our culture. How bad is bad enough?

Iraq Invades the United States

Eduardo Galeano | Posted 09.22.2013 | World
Eduardo Galeano

Many civilians, most of them women and children, were killed or maimed. No one knows how many, because tradition dictates tabulating the losses suffered by invading troops and prohibits counting victims among the invaded population.

Jason Linkins

Boston Bombing Headlines: Marathon Tragedy Felt Across Nation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.16.2013 | Media

Across the country this morning, we're waking up to headlines from Bangor, Maine, to Honolulu, Hawaii, expressing our sense of loss, sadness and anger...

LOOK: 18 News Headlines That Just Need To Happen

Huffington Post | Chris C. Anderson | Posted 02.20.2013 | Good News

Ever wondered what HuffPost's front page would look like if we lived in a perfect world? Yup, we did too. So we came up with these. Enjoy! ...