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HuffPost's Greatest Person Of The Day: Dr. Alwyn Cohall, Harlem Health Advocate

The Huffington Post | Dominique Fenton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Today we're interviewing Dr. Alwyn Cohall, a trained pediatrician who has dedicated his career to the health of the children of Harlem. Dr. Cohall is ...

The Dead and the Living

Anthony DePalma | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony DePalma

Formal guidelines would make clearer the extent of the disaster caused by working in the clouds of dust after the World Trade Center attack. This is a plea for medicine and science to step in.

Ariel Sharon Home Return Planned Nearly 5 Years After Stroke

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Nearly five years after he suffered a near-fatal stroke, former Israeli premier Ariel Sharon may finally be returned from the hospital to be cared for...

What Should We Call People with Mental Illness?

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
DJ Jaffe

Like ''diabetics,'' ''alcoholics,'' and epileptics,'' ''schizophrenics'' can usefully indicate a group of people with a common condition, and some individuals with schizophrenia refer to themselves this way.

When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease

Donna Flagg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Donna Flagg

Almost everyone I know is on one kind of prescription drug or another. And what's worse is that an awful lot of them have been brainwashed into thinking that these pills hold the key to a healthy and happy life.

Get Good Enough as Voters

Jane-Howard Hammerstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane-Howard Hammerstein

I watched as many interviews/speeches of winners and losers as I could. I found some as dim and unconnected as those who elected them, some made me tr...

Elder Abuse: How To Protect Your Loved One When Cognitive Problems Arise

Mark Lachs, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Lachs, M.D.

The saddest thing I see in my practice and in the wider world of elder abuse is the older person with modest retirement savings who gets preyed upon, loses everything, and now has nothing left, with no prospect for future income.

Meet Dr. Chan

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

Dr. Chan and Mrs. Geng (not their real names) eased out of their chairs in the waiting room using their matching wooden canes, the kind distributed by...

BLOG WATCH> Anatomical Illustrations From Edo-Period Japan At Pink Tentacle

pinktentacle.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Here is a selection of old anatomical illustrations that provide a unique perspective on the evolution of medical knowledge in Japan during the Edo pe...

Amicable Breakup: HuffPost's Health Coverage Moves Out of Living Section, Gets Its Own Place

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arianna Huffington

I'm delighted to announce the launch of our newest section, a one-stop shop for the latest news and opinion on what we can do to live healthier lives.

World's Infectious Disease Outbreaks (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Infecting over 3,000 people and killing at least 250, a cholera outbreak is currently sweeping across Haiti, bringing a new wave of tragedy to a natio...

Fresh Flooding In Pakistan Forces Hundreds Of Thousands To Flee

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The floods tearing through Pakistan's breadbasket have further weakened this already unstable country, inflicting more economic...

'Designer Genes'

Steven Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steven Potter

As I explain in "DESIGNER GENES," the revolution is ongoing and there may indeed be no stopping it now. The human species is about to undergo an incredible transformation.

Drug Companies Paying Shady Doctors For Endorsements

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Pharmaceutical companies are paying doctors with questionable records millions of dollars to endorse their drugs, Propublica reports. According to ...

Where Are the Chinese Nobel Prize Winners in Science?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

No one born in the PRC has won the Chemistry or Physiology/Medicine yet, and all four of the PRC-born winners of the Physics prize received their graduate training and did their prize-winning research outside of China.

Spinal-Fluid Test Is Found To Predict Alzheimer's

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — Doctors can't tell if Leif Utoft Bollesen's mild memory loss will remain an annoyance or worsen, but experimental checks of the Min...

Running to Your Passion: It Took a Wake-Up Call

Lorraine Roe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Lorraine Roe

In the course of eight years, resilience and passion have made dreams come true, not only for my friends, but for those seeking medical care in rural Tanzania.

Psychiatry and the Media -- a Strange and Strained Relationship

Rosalie Greenberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rosalie Greenberg

Where is the balanced approach to journalism that the public is entitled to expect from a free press? Frequently, it's only the highly emotional and outrageous stories that receive attention.

A Nobel Prize for IVF Pioneer Dr. Robert Edwards? Dynamite!

Beth Kohl | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Beth Kohl

Thirty-two years after the birth of Louise Brown, the first test tube baby, Dr. Robert Edwards -- the man who pioneered in vitro fertilization -- was finally awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine.

A Landmark Week for Health Reform -- But Let's Remember Health Care's Larger Purpose

Dora Calott Wang, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dora Calott Wang, M.D.

Medicine has always been grounded in humanitarian ideals, as reflected in codes of ethics. The humanitarian roots of American medicine are evident in our many hospitals named for saints.

Heartless Science

Loraine Boyle | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Loraine Boyle

Being in a controlled trial means the participants are randomly assigned either an old drug or the new one in order to find out its benefits or risks. In the fast-changing world of medication, the FDA needs to revise the protocol.

The Age of Autism

Deirdre Imus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Imus

Authors Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill have for the first time traced the roots of autism beginning in the 1930s. What they found is electrifying and suggests the debate is about to heat up again.

From Texting To Apps, How To Use Your Cell Phone To Improve Your Health, Fight Diseases

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — What if my blood sugar's too high today? Is it time for my blood pressure pill? With nagging text messages or more customized two-w...

Caught in the Act: Dr. Amy Lehman Reveals Her Plan to Save Lives

Kathy Eldon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kathy Eldon

Could one health clinic provide care to over ten million residents throughout four different countries in one of the most rural regions of the world? Dr. Amy Lehman believes so.

SMArt Health

Ron Gutman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ron Gutman

Imagine an iPhone-like "app store" for medical apps that can give a consumer, a doctor, or any healthcare practitioner the access to a wide variety of applications that can help the process of care.