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My Other Chelsea Neighbor

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

Those of us who live in poverty are hidden, while the lives of the wealthy are highlighted in media and the news. More importantly, money has a huge impact on our health and health choices.

Instead

Gerry Myers | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Instead of voters picking politicians, why are politicians deciding on who has the right to vote? Instead of Congress governing, why is Congress obstructing its governance?

You Won't Click Past The Headline -- But You Should

Akhila Satish | Posted 04.14.2014 | Science
Akhila Satish

The past two weeks, I have argued that the headlines of mainstream media stories on science are misleading the public and doing science a disservice. In my critique, I have often wondered if people are only reading the headlines.

6 Things You Could Buy Instead of Paying the Penalty for Going Uninsured

Napala Pratini | Posted 04.10.2014 | Money
Napala Pratini

For those going uninsured this year, the Obamacare penalty may seem paltry, but it's set to increase steeply in the next couple of years. In the particular case of tax penalties, what goes up does not come down (unless amended by law).

Tackling NCDs Effectively Will Require More Health Workers

Jeffrey L. Sturchio | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey L. Sturchio

Access to well-trained health workers when you need them should not be an accident of geography.

Start at the Last Mile to Overcome Barriers to Healthcare Delivery

Allen Wilcox | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Allen Wilcox

Huge progress has been made towards this goal of global equity, yet the health systems in many of the poorest countries remain incapable of handling the increases in throughput required to deliver these vaccines, especially to remote communities.

Doctor's Office Etiquette: While You Wait

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 04.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Mirza Grotts

We all know that doctors are often unable to meet their appointment times. The waiting room is called that for a reason. But you can make the wait more pleasant for yourself and others by following a few guidelines.

Health Literacy: Huh?

Dr. Michael R. Mantell | Posted 04.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael R. Mantell

Without easy access, the ability to understand information, the skill in communicating concerns to raise appropriate questions, to be able to process information wisely, and then to act upon this information, I'm afraid we're still looking at very limited literacy.

It's Time to Retire 'Patients'

Yolanda Reid Chassiakos | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Yolanda Reid Chassiakos

You've probably heard the old joke. There's a long cafeteria line in heaven -- suddenly, a majestic figure runs to the front of the queue and "cuts i...

Battleground Constituents Can't Count on Winning Buffett's Billion Dollar Bracket

John Murray | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
John Murray

Middle-class Americans feel the same way about government; they don't want to be left out in the cold, but they also recognize that the government should create an environment that encourages hard work.

Are The Economics of Health Care Getting You Sick?

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 03.28.2014 | Business
Robert J. Szczerba

Have you ever wondered why your doctor is always running late while you're sick and sitting in a cold examination room? The answer is simple economics.

Obamacare Deadline Day Countdown: Ask Sec. Sebelius A Question On HuffPost Live

Posted 03.28.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Heath and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will join HuffPost Live on March 31 at 10:15am, the Affordable Care Act deadline day. If you ...

Women in Business: Q&A with Deborah DiSanzo, CEO of Philips Healthcare

Laura Dunn | Posted 03.28.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

DiSanzo was appointed to her current position in May 2012, and has since led the Philips' Healthcare sector with invaluable leadership, business acume...

Paper-Centered Care

Mary Barber, M.D. | Posted 03.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Barber, M.D.

There is a lot of talk in health care today about "patient-centered" care. Sadly, my recent experience with the health care system seems to show that we are more of a paper-centered system of care right now.

Post-Surgery Hell and the Important Lessons Learned

Randy Pipkin | Posted 03.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Randy Pipkin

I have been fighting a PEG tube for long time. But never in my wildest imagination would I think the experience would turn into a gore fest. So, what did I learn from all of this?

Last Call for Healthcare

Sid Mohn | Posted 03.26.2014 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

In less than a week, the deadline to apply for coverage under the ACA will be upon us. It's our last window of opportunity to do something great -- to better the health of those most likely to live with chronic, untreated health conditions while simultaneously improving the bottom line of our nation's health care system.

Seniors in Casino Land: Tough Luck for Older Americans

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

At a recent forum I spoke with seniors who care about this issue. When I asked them why they thought seniors prefer the disembodied draw of the slot machine, one woman replied, "We don't want to be a burden on other gamblers. Well, we don't want to be a burden on anyone."

Today's Social Fabric of Health Means the End of HIPAA

Josh Stevens | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Josh Stevens

Regardless of what cause came first -- be it the rising of a sharing culture or the innovation in the technology -- there is a monumental shift taking place in wellness and healthcare approaches. What was once meant to protect has become not only obsolete, but is now the unintentional roadblock to a healthier life for all. Set the data free.

Bringing Dignity to Suffering

Eric J. Hall | Posted 03.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Health care chaplains are trained to be present for any person regardless of religion or beliefs. They don't care who the patients are or who they've been. They want to be with them where they are.

Syrian Civil War Is Killing Kids' Chances Of Beating Cancer

Jay Scott | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

The inaccessibility to health care in Syria is only adding to the death toll of the war. A country that was once envied for its government-funded healthcare system is now only a shell of that, with 60 percent of its hospitals destroyed or damaged, and many doctors exiting the country as swiftly as everyone else.

The Loneliness of the Sick Self-Tracker

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Shaquille O'Neal towered on a main stage in the Austin Convention Center, chatting about wearable technology amid the uber-hip throng at the South by ...

Going South for Match Day

Don G. Aaron, Jr., M.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Don G. Aaron, Jr., M.D.

So as another Match Day has passed, let us make sure we get one message across as clearly as we can: The rural health care crisis is a real and formidable challenge, and history teaches us that whenever Americans face such challenges, we are moved not by technicalities and formalities but by vision, by a dedication to service, and by faith.

3-D Printers Are Saving Babies' Lives One Breath At A Time

The Huffington Post | Nicole Edine | Posted 03.21.2014 | Technology

Breathing is a function that most of us take for granted. Not Natalie Peterson. Her son, Garrett, was born with a weak, soft cartilage in his w...

A Lot Of People Still Don't Like Obamacare

Real Clear Politics | Adam O'Neal | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics

Nearly four years after it was signed into law, the Affordable Care Act remains unpopular with the public....

Don't Rush to Judgment: Medical Homes Can Improve Outcomes, Save Lives

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

When it comes to health care and decisions that affect the well-being of millions of Americans, immediacy shouldn't guide reforms or drive policy changes. It's prudent to assess research-grabbing headlines by taking a deep breath, maintaining a sense of perspective and not jumping to hasty conclusions.