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The Voice of Reason: (Maybe Not) for Emergency Use Only

Susan Weissman | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Weissman

Imagine if that tiny print on prescription bottles could be heard instead of squinted at. Voice-guided instructions may indeed be helpful to patients in every age population, with a variety of medical needs.

Could Your Happy Marriage Be Making You Fat?

Posted 01.22.2013 | Weddings

If your jeans have gotten tighter since you tied the knot, your happy marriage could be to blame. According to recent research by Andrea Meltzer of...

Dental Crisis Looms for California's Children

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Wendy Lazarus

California needs real leadership in oral health. California has not had a dental director in years. Without a strong office of oral health, led by a dental director, California is missing opportunities to ensure children have the best dental care possible.

The U.S. Health Disadvantage: A Crisis That We Must Address Together Today

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Claire Pomeroy

Sustainable improvements in health and the elimination of health disparities will occur only when society removes the silos between medical care and other social services. The nation must embrace an approach that addresses these upstream determinants of health.

Reading the Fine Print on Cancer Treatment and Side Effects

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 03.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

Researchers found that nearly one-third of reports on large, randomized studies over-emphasize some benefits of therapy. In the majority of reports evaluated, the investigators found insufficient attention or discussion of treatment side effects.

Asthma and Arthritis Medications Are Drug Muggers

Suzy Cohen, R.Ph. | Posted 03.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Suzy Cohen, R.Ph.

Corticosteroid treatment has been associated with many side effects. The most noted is increased loss of bone mineral density, causing a predisposition to osteoporosis.

Study: Do Supermarkets Promote What's Good for You?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 03.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

A new study in Appetite is among the first to evaluate the types of foods promoted by U.S. supermarkets and compare them with current dietary guidance.

Obesity Epidemic: What the NYC Soda Ban Is and Isn't

Rajiv Narayan | Posted 03.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Rajiv Narayan

Policies that gain controversy in their engagement with obesity are helpful for making a very public (yet uncomfortably avoided) issue further visible. It's hard to talk about obesity, private or public. Policies like the soda rule can be vehicles for those discussions to take place.

Coke's Ad on Obesity Is Brilliant

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 03.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Huehnergarth

Obesity prevention funders can continue to fund dozens of small local or regional anti-soda/anti-junk food campaigns that will have limited impact. Or, they can try something different -- like banding together and funding one brilliant national counter-marketing campaign.

HuffPost Q&A: Reductionists Missing the Forest for the Trees?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.18.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We have gained too much from the reductionistic probings of science to abandon them. But we are losing much -- including lives every day -- for failing to see past them as the circumstances warrant.

Patients, Beware When Doctors 'Go Bare'

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 03.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Spencer Aronfeld

Because uninsured doctors are undesirable defendants for most personal injury lawyers, when any Florida medical malpractice lawyer investigates a potential claim, one of the first questions asked is, "Does the doctor have malpractice insurance?"

GETHealth Summit to Address Health Workforce Shortages in Developing Countries

Robert C. Bollinger | Posted 03.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert C. Bollinger

We look forward to a highly interactive format and welcome health care, IT and education innovators, leaders and other stakeholders from around the world to join us in New York at the United Nations on February 6 and 7 for the GETHealth Summit.

In 2013, Some Health News to Watch For

Michael Green | Posted 03.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Green

In environmental health, we can expect to see continuing news stories that will impact all of our children and families, from toxic flame-retardant chemicals, to food safety threats, to the health impacts from energy production and more. Here are some of 2012's top stories.

Social Media Health: Does Transparency and 'Social' Trump Your Privacy?

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

There are some health care professionals who refuse to engage in social media, and there are others who have mastered it. And yet there are some who just don't understand it.

Aging Sperm? Not the World's End

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Gregory

Judith Shulevitz's recent New Republic essay on how later parenthood is "upending American society" claims that delaying kids could lead us down a rabbit hole of genetic decline. The piece gathers much of its energy from new studies suggesting that male sperm quality decays with age.

A Doctor's Best Friend

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

As a man who assumes the community role of a health care provider and the personal role of a chronic hypochondriac, the potential for canines in medical care may just be the last straw I need to finally become the dog owner that I never thought I'd become.

Silly Diets, Silly Food Inventions and Other 2012 Follies

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

There were many contenders for this year's prize for stupidest diet. The desire to shed weight seems to breed an endless stream of particularly magical claims, supernatural devices and silly, dangerous plans.

Do Not Fear Your Genes: Information Is Power

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

As Tom Murphy states so clearly, the decoding of a person's genome doesn't tell them how they will die, but rather how they should live. Yes, this is what we will learn from decoding our genes.

Medical Privacy for Royalty and the Rest of Us

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We are not all royalty, but we do deserve medical privacy. I have seen both sides and continue to be amazed how much more careful we need to be.

10 Diabetes Advances in 2012

Riva Greenberg | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

As we count down the days to the end of the year, here's a round up of 10 diabetes products, drugs, gadgets, and insights that occurred in 2012.

Cell Culture Technology: An Innovative Evolution in Influenza Vaccine Manufacturing

William Schaffner, M.D. | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
William Schaffner, M.D.

The egg-based manufacturing process has been working for us to date; however, there is a new process that raises the bar in influenza vaccine manufacturing, is less time-consuming and brings the manufacturing process into the digital age.

A Few Flu Facts

Nathan Risinger | Posted 02.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Nathan Risinger

On the surface, the flu vaccine seems like a no-brainer. History has shown us influenza can be a devastating and lethal disease worth attempting to control if not eradicate. However, looking more closely, we find that these apparent no-brainers do, in fact, present complicated policy questions.

Prescription Painkillers Mixed With Alcohol: A Deadly Mix

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Lynn R. Goldman

High schools and colleges across our nation need to be aware of this growing threat and the need to educate students about the dangers of prescription drug misuse along with excessive drinking and illegal drug abuse.

The Vitamin Women Over 50 Should Pay Attention to

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 02.09.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Some great news was just released that is sure to make big believers in the power of vitamin D smile... and maybe just a little smug.

Could A Vegan Diet Help Prevent Cancer?

Kathy Freston | Posted 02.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Kathy Freston

This is empowering news, given that most people think they are a victim of their genes, helpless to stave off some of the most dreaded diseases. We aren't helpless at all; in fact, the power is largely in our hands. It's on our forks, actually.