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Victims of the Food Industry, Part Two

Nancy Deville | Posted 09.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Nancy Deville

On top of the government, medical, and celebrated health organizations' support of factory-produced food, we are inundated from birth with brilliant advertising indoctrinating us with messages that factory food is healthy, sexy, and satisfying.

American Cancer Society Requests Research on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Mache Seibel, MD | Posted 09.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Mache Seibel, MD

The American Cancer Society (ACS) believes that the health risks of drinking soda should be viewed by U.S. health officials in the same way that they viewed the health risks of using tobacco in the 1960s.

Scientists Make 'Shotgun' For Dangerous Blood Clots

| Posted 07.06.2012 | Science

By Krystnell A. Storr Think of it as Liquid-Plumr for the circulatory system. Researchers have designed a clump of tiny particles that rides the cu...

The Doctors' Dilemma

Susana Duncan, M.D. | Posted 09.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Susana Duncan, M.D.

A number of doctors like myself in the past year or so have seen a sharp uptick in patients searching for a new doctor because the old doctor no longer wants to treat them. I have come to recognize the telephone call.

Are Online Medical Resources Making or Breaking the Next Generation of Physicians?

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 09.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Online medical resources are certainly not the next fad in health care. They are likely to become a permanent fixture in the way we as doctors practice medicine.

Brain To Blame For Chronic Pain?

| Posted 07.02.2012 | Science

By Sarah C. P. Williams The vast majority of adults have had a sore back at some point in their lives. If they're lucky, the pain subsides after a f...

Engage With Empathy

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 08.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

To effectively engage patients and caregivers, it is critical that health care providers engage with empathy. With empathy we connect, we understand, we listen, and we communicate. We can engage and empower our patients to be proactive and in charge of their health.

Growing Up Injury-Free in the 21st Century

Larry_Cohen | Posted 08.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Larry_Cohen

Earlier this month, the European Safety Alliance released Child Safety Report Cards for 31 countries -- and here in the U.S., we would do well to learn from this far-reaching, comprehensive thinking.

Why None of Us Seem to Be Able to Have it All

Myles Spar, M.D. | Posted 08.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Myles Spar, M.D.

As we intensify the discussion started by Anne-Marie Slaughter, let's hope the conversation stays broad enough to include ideas that would make the work environment more healthful in many ways, from enabling healthy parenting to encouraging healthy personal habits.

Is it Rationing? Cancer Screening and Clinical Uncertainty

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 08.25.2012 | Healthy Living
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

The dilemma for PSA screening and many other tests and treatments is that there's no science-based way to know whether holding back constitutes "rationing" for particular patients.

Japanese Scientists Report Major Advances In Stem Cell Medicine

Posted 06.22.2012 | Science

By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 06/21/2012 04:44 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries Japanese scientists claim to have coaxed stem cells to develop...

Medical Price Transparency Could Save the U.S. $36 Billion Annually

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 08.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

A white paper from Thomson Reuters reports on their study of what "price transparency" would mean to overall health care expenditures in the U.S. on an annual basis.

Stem Cells Headed For Prime Time, Clinical Trials Suggest

| Posted 06.20.2012 | Science

By Dennis Normile YOKOHAMA, JAPAN—For more than a decade, stem cell therapies have been touted as offering hope for those suffering from genetic a...

Doctors Are Missing Kidney Disease in Those Most at Risk

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 08.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Many people don't realize that both diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes can severely damage the kidneys. In fact, chronic kidney disease is one of the most common complications of diabetes.

The National Prevention Strategy at One: Improving the Health of Individuals, Families and Communities

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 08.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

By committing to including health as a component of policies and programs, these federal agencies are setting an example for all sectors by recognizing how their policies and programs contribute to the nation's health and wellness.

Call To Action Forum Marks A Turning Point In Child Survival

Anthony Lake | Posted 08.13.2012 | Impact
Anthony Lake

It is no longer wishful thinking to imagine a world where the child mortality rates in the poorest countries reach those of wealthier nations, and where every child's right to survive can be realized.

Had I Followed the New PSA Recommendations I Might Be Dead

Jim Higley | Posted 08.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Jim Higley

At the time of my surgery, I had no symptoms and would have never suspected that I had a life-threatening, cancerous tumor taking up residency in my prostate and surrounding neighborhood.

Hunger Strike For Liver Transplant (WATCH)

Posted 06.12.2012 | Latino Voices

On Sunday morning a group of five members of Our Lady of Guadalupe Angelican Catholic Mission in Chicago's largely Mexican neighborhood, Little Villag...

Fighting Cancer: Don't Let Our Progress Slow

John J. Castellani | Posted 08.12.2012 | Healthy Living
John J. Castellani

It's no secret that the need to tighten our belts during the recent economic downturn has sent us into an era of cost containment. But we must find ways to both contain health care costs and continue to move cancer knowledge forward.

Fewer Tests, Lower Health Care Costs?

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 08.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Patients should participate in the process of questioning as to what medical exams are to be performed and why. Active patient involvement will have the strongest impact on helping to curtail unnecessary testing, which is contributing to the health care crisis.

Time for Total Medicine -- Get Family Medicine Out of the Shadows

Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS | Posted 08.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS

There is an odd logic that diminishes the status of family doctors. It is also faulty logic. People think that the more a physician knows about a specific medical problem or body part and the higher that physician's salary, the better care they will receive.

Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now: GAIN -- Or Just Greed

Robert Weissman | Posted 08.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Weissman

The World Health Organization's Director-General recently warned of the growing challenge of antibiotic resistance in the starkest terms. Responding to this challenge, existing antibiotics must be conserved and novel antibiotics developed.

In Defense of the Drinking Age

Deni Carise | Posted 08.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

Prohibition is not the answer. But neither is lowering the minimum legal drinking age.

Calcium Supplementation Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Attacks

Lani Simpson, D.C., C.C.D. | Posted 07.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Lani Simpson, D.C., C.C.D.

Doctors have recommended calcium supplements for osteoporosis or osteoporosis prevention for years. Now comes a large observational study that showed a link between calcium supplementation and heart attacks.

Electronically Present

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 07.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

I'll admit to texting while driving. I'll further admit to texting someone else while that person's driving. Did I know it was potentially dangerous? Sure, but it was just the one time and, surely, nothing bad would happen. Something bad happened to Shannon Colonna.