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An Obamacare Picture Worth 10,000 Words

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

A seasoned colleague recently told me that some PowerPoint presentations have no power and make no point. But sometimes, a picture really is worth a thousand words.

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.

Health Group Unites Labor Groups

Steve Early | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Steve Early

Two of the biggest U.S. strikes in the last 16 months were conducted by members of the California Nurses Association (CNA) and the National Union of H...

Synergy for Senior Care: Improving Partnerships Between Medical Services and Community-Based Care

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 12.24.2012 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

Care coordination and transitions are critical to providing services that should be offered at the right time by the right provider and in the right place. For people whose lives are on the line, this pathway can and should be as smooth as possible.

Review Finds Cost Effectiveness of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in More Than Two Dozen High-Quality Studies

John Weeks | Posted 11.27.2012 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

Herman is right that it's time to shift the dialogue from roundhouse dismissal of potential cost-saving contributions from what she and the authors call "CIM" treatments and providers. The evidence is there for proactive exploration of potential cost savings.

Republicans Renew War on Women

Harry Reid | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics
Harry Reid

Asking American women to continue denying themselves the care they need is unacceptable. Only by focusing on America's best interest, rather than our own political interests, will we have a stronger, healthier future together.

The Supreme Court and Health Care Reform

Stephen M. Davidson | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Stephen M. Davidson

So, since health insurance is interstate commerce, and Congress has the power not only to regulate it, but also to make all laws that are "necessary and proper" for executing its power, why isn't that the end of it?

Banning Big Gulps Won't Fix Our Big Obesity Problem

Abdulrahman El-Sayed | Posted 08.04.2012 | Home
Abdulrahman El-Sayed

The real issue with sugary beverages isn't that some people drink large amounts, it's that many people drink relatively small amounts. And banning large-sized drinks does little to address that issue.

US: Investigate Ethics in China Drug Study

Human Rights Watch | Posted 06.19.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

(New York) – A study about heroin cravings partially funded by a US agency and conducted in two Chinese drug rehabilitation centers raises serio...

Draft National Alzheimer's Plan Is Disappointing

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

We need a National Alzheimer's Plan that reflects the psychosocial/mental health needs of Americans with dementia and their families, and that creates opportunities for them to have a vastly improved quality of life.

Memo to World Bank: Good Health Policy Is Great Economic Policy

Michael Hodin | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
Michael Hodin

As the World Bank lays out its plans to stimulate growth in the coming years, Dr. Kim may be exactly what the doctor ordered -− a health-field expert who can prioritize healthy aging.

Preparing President Obama for the International AIDS Conference, July 2012

David Holtgrave | Posted 05.21.2012 | Healthy Living
David Holtgrave

The next four months are a critical time for the Administration, the International AIDS Conference, and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. We might ask a familiar question: We know what to do, but will we do it?

Public Health and the Illusion of Your Autonomy: Kill the Umpire?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.07.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I won't speak for my friends and colleagues in public health, although I suspect they feel the same; I'll just speak for myself. I am nobody's nanny. But as you play with the military-industrial establishment with your health on the line, I don't mind being a referee.

More Education and Awareness Needed in Fight Against HIV/AIDS

David Catania | Posted 12.24.2011 | DC
David Catania

The District's continuing fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic remains a central pillar of our public health infrastructure, and with good reason.

The Farm Bill Is a Food Bill

Rajiv Narayan | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Rajiv Narayan

Where the farm bill allocates resources to funding food stamps, it also incentivizes the purchase of unhealthy foods.

The Credit Downgrade and the Congress: Why Polarized Politics Paralyze Public Policy

Robert Stavins | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Robert Stavins

No matter how one feels about the wisdom of Standard & Poor's downgrading of long-term U.S. debt, the issue of greater concern should be their assessment of the state of the U.S. body politic.

Reforming Medicare Without Harming Seniors

Stephen M. Davidson | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Stephen M. Davidson

Democrats have been slow to come up with their own Medicare reform plan. As they ponder what to do in this contentious atmosphere, some facts and analysis can't hurt.

New Republican Assault on Middle Class: Slash Medicaid, Hurt Seniors and Millions in Need

Ethan Rome | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

In these tough times when we need shared sacrifice, smart government and job creation, the Republican plan to cut Medicaid accomplishes none of these things. It only makes matters worse.

Why Some Medical Studies Can Be Harmful

Dr. Dennis Gottfried | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Dennis Gottfried

When a study is done, what we want to find out is whether a medical or surgical treatment actually benefits a patient, that is, does the patient live longer or better.

In The Public Interest: Finding the High Ground on Health Care

Larry McNeely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry McNeely

Yesterday, the Senate got a small glimpse of what constructive bipartisan cooperation could look like. And surprisingly, it happened in health-care policy.

Vote Today and Save a Life

Dr. Peter Klatsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Peter Klatsky

Today you have a vote that can save a life, perhaps hundreds. Just ask a patient of ours who recently confided that her life was saved by a new healt...

Millions of Lives Will Be Changed By Home Health Care Cuts

David Mixner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Mixner

Those of us who lived through the worst of the HIV/AIDS epidemic from the early 1980s through the mid-1990s have a very special spot in our heart for ...

Why I Want a Blue Button

Stephen J. Downs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stephen J. Downs

This morning my colleague, Dr. Carol Diamond of the Markle Foundation, appeared on the Today Show to talk about an initiative called "blue button." ...

A New Labor Standard for Labor Day: Paid Sick Leave

Jake Blumgart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Blumgart

All employees should be able to take time off for their illnesses, not just those lucky enough to have the right job. Experience shows that we can make our economy friendlier to beleaguered workers without harming their employers.

Treat dangerous schizophrenia, the same way we treat TB.

DJ Jaffe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
DJ Jaffe

According to Amenoma Hartocollis of the New York Times, New York City tightened their rules for monitoring discharged patients with tuberculosis becau...