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How the AMA Got Rich & Powerful: "The AMA's Seal of Approval"

Dana Ullman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Dana Ullman

George H. Simmons came up with the brilliant idea to transform the AMA into a big business by granting the AMA's "seal of approval" to certain drug companies that placed large and frequent ads in JAMA and its various affiliate publications.

Thicker Middles, Skulls to Match

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We may all acknowledge, with the great pride warranted, that fighting childhood obesity and simultaneously marketing multicolored marshmallows and toaster pastries to our children as part of their complete breakfast is an impressive feat of cultural legerdemain.

A Main Street Way to Help Obese People

Don McNay | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Don McNay

"Don't you know things can change Things'll go your way If you can hold on for one more day" -Wilson Phillips I'm 55 years old and morbidly obese. ...

Yagana Shah

Study Reveals The Best Prescription For Healthy Aging

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.27.2014 | Fifty

The best way to age healthily can't be found in a face cream, pill bottle, or even the fountain of youth itself. The simplest way to age well requires...

New Mammography Article Points to the Need for Better Ways to Detect Breast Cancer

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

Unfortunately the article, at a glance, may add to the growing perception among journalists, primary care physicians who may not read below the paper's title, and others -- including many ordinary women -- that mammography's effectiveness has been, again, disproved.

Thinking About Cutting Back on Soda? Try Monday

Diana K. Rice | Posted 05.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Diana K. Rice

What's that one measly can of soda a day -- your afternoon treat -- really going to do? Quite a bit, according to many leading health organizations.

Who Cares About Men's Biological Clocks?

Amber Madison | Posted 05.05.2014 | Women
Amber Madison

Do guys like having sex? Yes. Does that mean they'd rather be playing the field instead of having the emotional support of someone special who loves them? No.

Hormone Replacement at Menopause: The Profound Importance of 'Maybe'

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

My colleagues and I published our paper because we believe a small percentage, but still a very large number, of women are being harmed -- even killed -- due to an inappropriate aversion to the very concept of hormone replacement.

Meatless Monday: Eating to Save the World

Ellen Kanner | Posted 11.30.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Tomorrow is World Vegetarian Day, kicking off a whole month of meatless joy and awareness. Just in time, too, because honey, people need some of both....

The End of Life

Tom Deegan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Deegan

Death panels and Dr. Kevorkian suck the oxygen out of end of life discussions. In a way, framing death and dying in sweeping abstractions like "right to die" and "rationing life" is an easy way to avoid the subject. But bad end-of-life decisions plague the hospital setting.

The Great News About Breastfeeding: Americans Support Nursing Moms at Work, in Public

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 05.28.2013 | Parents
Dr. Gail Christopher

Americans want nursing moms to get the support they need in hospitals, workplaces and public spaces.

The Big Oversight in Our Obesity Conversation

Andy Bellatti | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

My biggest concern is that solely focusing on weight impedes the health movement's progress. Such a clinical and quantitative frame gives very little thought to -- and leaves no room for a conversation about -- socio-political and environmental factors that pose a threat to our health.

The Truth About Carbs And Weight Gain

Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS | Posted 09.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS

There's been a lot of buzz recently about a new study that punched a few new holes in the already-tattered notion that weight gain and loss is simply a matter of "calories in vs. calories out."

Dollars and Sense, Baby and Bathwater: The Case for CAM Research

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If we are prepared to acknowledge the widespread bullying to which both science and sense are subject at the hands of the almighty dollar, we might commit ourselves to the systematic effort of distinguishing the two.

Do Not Resuscitate Orders: Time for Another Change

Barron H. Lerner | Posted 05.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Barron H. Lerner

Any efforts by the medical profession to curb patient autonomy deserve strict scrutiny lest we return to the unfortunate era of paternalism. And it will not be easy to effect these types of changes.

Language Understanding Innovation Shows Value for Healthcare

Janet Dillione | Posted 11.07.2011 | Technology
Janet Dillione

Things like tracking trends in patient care or shaping treatment decisions through better, real-time information cannot happen if we don't have meaningful data to analyze and drive informed decisions.

Should Obese Children Be Taken From Parents?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.13.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Adults are criminally liable if they give cigarettes, or alcohol, or illicit drugs to a child. But our society does not view giving a child a donut, or fries, or soda as abusive -- even if it occurs day after day.

Can Your Teenager Hear Me Now?

John W. House, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John W. House, M.D.

Recent headlines across the country screamed "1 in 5 Teenagers has Hearing Loss." I am glad this research published in Journal of the American Medica...

Don't Skip the Fat Burning Eggs

Stefan Aschan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stefan Aschan

A study has found there is no association between egg consumption and the risk of coronary heart disease or stroke in healthy men or women. So make yourself some eggs and enjoy the benefits.

The Gardasil Vaccine Series - An Interview with Merck & Co., Inc.

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

I recently spoke with a Media Relations person at Merck regarding the efficacy and side effects of Gardasil, the new HPV vaccine. Here's what she had to say.

Medication Can Help The Severely Depressed

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

The more depressed someone was, the more likely they were to benefit from taking anti-depressants. The studies showed that this was true, whether or not the patients took Paxil.

Big Pharma's Crime Spree: Drug Makers Pushing Products For Unapproved Uses

Bloomberg | David Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Pfizer and Lilly lead a parade of U.S. companies that have paid $7 billion in penalties after promoting drugs for uses not approved by the FDA. This u...

Study: Driving On Election Day Could Be Hazardous To Your Health

Jacob Soboroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jacob Soboroff

Redelmeier compared the number of crashes, injuries and deaths on Election Day Tuesday to the Tuesdays before and after.