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The Prescription Opiate Arms Race

Gregory Bunt, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Gregory Bunt, M.D.

Plans for the manufacture and sale of hydrocodone pills five to 10 times more potent than is now available is a warning sign of an escalation of what we might call the "prescription opiate arms race" among pharmaceutical companies.

Top 10 Medical Research Trends to Watch in 2012

Margaret Anderson | Posted 03.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Margaret Anderson

We'll be watching for the launch of one or more of these efforts in 2012.

The Psychology Of Weight Control: How Recalling Your Values Leads To Weight Loss

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Scientists believe that people can get stuck in repeating cycles, in which failure to lose weight impairs psychological functioning, which in turn increases the risk of more failure. Even a quick and simple intervention may have the power to disrupt this destructive cycle.

The Anthem Robo Call: The First Place Health Care Needs Reforming

Don McNay | Posted 02.29.2012 | Business
Don McNay

-I hope this letter finds it way to you. -R. Dean Taylor (Indiana Wants Me ) I had a health scare over the past several weeks, which included a co...

Use Of Stress, Antidepressant Meds Show High Correlation With The Jobless Rate: Study

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.27.2011 | Business

The job market is weak, and not looking like it will get substantially better any time soon. And if prescription medication patterns are any indicatio...

The Link Between Sleeplessness And This Common Condition

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

There's some important news for millions of people -- most of them women -- who suffer from the syndrome fibromyalgia: A new study suggests that sleep deprivation is associated with an increased risk of developing fibromyalgia.

Pizza Sauce Wins the Food Fight

Joanna Dolgoff, M.D. | Posted 02.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Joanna Dolgoff, M.D.

Children need to eat more vegetables, and we should push for increased intake of conventional vegetables and not look toward pizza as providing a satisfactory substitute.

Youth Drug Use: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 02.20.2012 | Healthy Living
R. Gil Kerlikowske

Last week, I joined officials from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Department of Health and Human Services to announce the results of the largest annual survey on youth drug use in America.

Trashables: Oscar Mayer's Lunchables Are Nasty -- But the Message to Kids Is Worse

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 02.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

While Oscar Mayer's non-ironic slogan states, "It doesn't get any better than this," one is tempted to substitute the word "grosser" for "better."

FDA Critic Stripped of Voting Rights at Birth Control Pill Hearings

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 02.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

Bayer launched Yaz in 2006 as a pill that goes "beyond birth control" to treat acne and severe PMS, all the while avoiding the water retention of traditional birth control pills. But soon, previously-healthy teenagers experienced "beyond birth control" effects they hadn't expected.

Preventing Sudden Death in Sports

Marjorie J. Albohm, MS, ATC | Posted 02.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Marjorie J. Albohm, MS, ATC

The ongoing incidence of youth sports injuries and catastrophic events resulting in death has highlighted a need for immediate and improved health care on the playing fields and courts.

7 Diseases Big Pharma Hopes You Get in 2012

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 02.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

It used to be joked that a consultant is someone who borrows your watch to tell you what time it is. These days, the opportunist is Big Pharma, which raises your insurance premiums and taxes while providing you "low-priced" drugs that you paid for.

Behind the Sharp Decline in Teen Births

Sharon L. Camp | Posted 02.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Sharon L. Camp

The recently-reported decline in teen pregnancy can be linked almost exclusively to improvements in teens' contraceptive use, according to new data from a major government study, the CDC's National Survey of Family Growth.

SNAP to Health: Strengthening Nutrition in the Federal Food Stamp Program

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 12.12.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Until now, there has not been a single place where interested individuals across multiple sectors could convene to discuss ideas about how to improve nutrition among SNAP beneficiaries. Launched today, the SNAP to Health website will do just that.

The Most Controversial Health News Stories Of 2011

Posted 12.14.2011 | Healthy Living

By Amanda MacMillan If there's one thing you can say about 2011 from a health point of view, it's that it wasn't boring! From killer vitamin...

Integrative Health Care: The New Military Strategy

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 02.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Alison Rose Levy

Without saying the "p" word -- psychology -- the Veterans Health Administration has turned to integrative health approaches to address health challenges that run the gamut from post-traumatic stress disorder and physical disabilities to divorce, brain injury and suicide.

Medicating Foster Kids: Not the Travesty It Seems?

Kaitlin Bell Barnett | Posted 02.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Kaitlin Bell Barnett

The reality about foster children and medication is far more complicated than it appears in the political theater of a congressional hearing, or in television news shots of sad-looking, adorable kids set to tug-at-your-heartstrings music.

Is Your Immune System Prejudiced?

Wray Herbert | Posted 02.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

It's been known for some time that our heightened vigilance can trigger a biological response as well. We're heading into flu season now, so we're primed to be circumspect, and this in turn puts the body's disease-fighting cells on high alert. But does it also work the other way around?

Woman's Face Erupts With Flames During Surgery

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 12.02.2011 | Healthy Living

Kim Grice, a 29-year-old mother of three, endured a situation most have only seen on TV. While having cysts removed from her head at the North Okal...

Are You Taking These Asthma Drugs?

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 01.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

Big Pharma has been accused of selling drugs that are so dangerous they cause death and drugs that cause the exact conditions they're supposed to treat.

Should Health Care Providers Be Afraid of the 'Nocebo' Effect?

Matthew D. Erlich, M.D. | Posted 01.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Matthew D. Erlich, M.D.

While some negative outcomes have nothing to do with patient expectations (adverse events are known risks with all treatments), the "nocebo effect" is especially pernicious because it can contaminate good care and is preventable.

Arsenic, Antibiotics and Asthma Drugs in Your Turkey?

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 01.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

So far, 2011 has not been a great year for turkey producers.

Junk Food Companies Say Eating More Fruits and Vegetables Is a 'Job Killer'

Donald Cohen | Posted 01.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Donald Cohen

For decades, industries have opposed laws, rules and even basic consumer information that have made us all healthier. At every step they predict disaster but, in fact, they respond with new ideas and innovations, and we all benefit.

When Is Too Much Information Too Much?

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 01.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Research should guide decision-making but not be the end all. Physicians need to know how the "research findings" might be applied in a patient's individual circumstance.

C-sections and Pre-term Births on the Decline -- Is There a Link?

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 01.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

The c-section rate in the U.S. actually declined in 2010 from the previous year (from 32.9 percent to 32.8 percent) for the first time in a decade, and the preterm birth rate dropped for the fourth straight year to 12 percent.