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Making AIDS History: Achieving an HIV-Free Generation

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 07.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Of great concern right now is that the remarkable progress toward ending AIDS that has been made over the past decades is being threatened by a decline in resources and the threat of budget cuts to support HIV research and services worldwide.

Binge Eating and Its Impact on the Workplace: An Interview With Richard Bedrosian, Ph.D.

Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D.

Bedrosian's study found that in a company of 1,000 employees, the estimated annual productivity loss due to binge eating is $107,965. Besides the financial loss to a company, why is it important to study the impact of binge eating on work productivity?

Genetically-Modified Babies -- The Answer to Infertility or Cause for Concern?

Donna Gates | Posted 09.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Donna Gates

According to reports, after some trial and error in the laboratory, 30 healthy and successfully genetically-engineered (GE) babies have been born in the United States.

Put Your Soda Guns Away -- Rethink the Soft Drink Business

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

If nothing else, such a ban forces the consumer to stand up to get a refill, which may allow time for the individual to exercise some self-control as well as actually get a moment or two of physical exercise.

Personalized Biological Testing in Psychiatry: Inevitable Reality or Impossible Dream

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

Personalized psychiatric diagnosis has great promise and may be one of the few ways out of the current impasse -- the constant flow of group mean studies giving non-replicated or barely-significant differences.

Affordable Care, Death Panels, and Personal Freedom

Dan K. Morhaim, M.D. | Posted 09.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Dan K. Morhaim, M.D.

The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) still leaves some big issues unresolved. One of the most significant is care at the end of life.

How Will Health Care Reform Affect Americans Traveling for Care?

Josef Woodman | Posted 09.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Josef Woodman

Just how will health care reform affect those seeking treatment here at home, the more than 6 million Americans currently living abroad, and the nearly 1 million patients in the U.S. who will seek medical care outside of its borders next year?

ORAC no more!

Dr. Jonny Bowden | Posted 09.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonny Bowden

I'm personally sorry to see the ORAC values go. But their blatant misuse and misrepresentation by commercial interests intent on selling a bunch of products won't be missed at all.

10 Hidden Reasons for U.S. Obesity, Part One

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 09.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

Eating too much and exercising too little, considered the root of obesity, are not the only probable culprits. Here are some other factors that are often overlooked.

Burn the Calorie

Dr. James Costello | Posted 09.13.2012 | Science
Dr. James Costello

When we chat with friends about food and drink, the word "calorie" inevitably works its way into the conversation. The calorie these days seems more concrete and real than ever before, commanding respect and fear.

Transcendental Meditation: An Innovative Way to Help Reduce Medicare and Medicaid Expenses

Robert E. Herron, Ph.D. | Posted 09.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert E. Herron, Ph.D.

If the transcendental meditation program was provided to consistent high-cost people, then it would be possible to leverage great reductions in health care expenditures and thus help save Medicare and Medicaid without the government's cutting benefits, raising taxes, or borrowing money.

First, Health Care Excellence

Russ Gerber | Posted 09.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Russ Gerber

Having a higher thought model, an ideal of excellence in all aspects of health care, is the first step toward improving today's health care system and our own health practices.

New England Journal of Medicine Surprise: 'Abuse-Deterrent' OxyContin Linked With Increase in Heroin Use

Meghan Ralston | Posted 09.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Meghan Ralston

It turns out that making one particular drug harder to abuse does not suddenly cause a drug-free life for people addicted to OxyContin. If only it were that simple, but it's not.

Breaking It Down: The Newly Approved At-Home HIV Test

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 09.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

In the larger scale, the newly FDA-approved home HIV test will prove to be a worthy foot soldier in the battle against AIDS. But as in any war using a novel weapon, there will be individual tragedies along the way that will question its ethical utility.

Hospital-Acquired Infections -- The Real Story

Adam Aronson | Posted 09.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Adam Aronson

While no one in health care doubts that increased hand hygiene will significantly reduce infections, the question has always been how to ensure that proper hand hygiene is consistently practiced.

FDA Is Not Protecting Consumers From Unsafe Food Additives

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 09.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The bottom line is that FDA officials just don't act as if they are the protectors of health that the public expects them to be. Instead, time and time again, they have shoved problems under the carpet, perhaps hoping the problems will be forgotten or solved through voluntary action.

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.