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Dare to Be 100: Health Literacy or Bust

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Last week I had the happy opportunity to participate in the grand opening of the Global Health Center at the University of California, San Francisco. ...

5 Things You'll Probably Do Wrong Shoveling Snow This Winter

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Listen to your body -- if you are feeling strained or tired, it's time to take a break. It's better to take the extra time to prepare yourself and do it the right way than to spend weeks with a hurt back. I wish you all a safe and happy winter season!

Brain Zapping for Weight Loss

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 10.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Here's a prediction: It's only a matter of time before people start zapping their brain to shed weight. In the last few years, electrical brain stimul...

Unscrambling Our Eggs

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The common theme? The risk of crisis portended by warning signs all too often neglected. In the case of wayward biomarkers such as cholesterol, only somebody is harmed by that neglect, although that's small comfort if the somebody is you or anyone you love.

Building a Cancer-Free Future

Bill Couzens | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Bill Couzens

We are deeply investing all we have in a shifting culture with time, energy and minimal resources. We are not selling treatment, we are selling prevention. There is no short term financial model for prevention -- no buildings, machines or treatments.

Do You Have the Courage to Save Your Life? Angelina Jolie Shows How You Can

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Life events are often hard to predict. But sometimes you can get a good picture of what is in store for you! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month...

The Next Big (Small) Thing for #TheStitch...

Matt Pipkin | Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

While sharing about BLVR's investment in us, I shared my personal story of being sexually abused by a family friend when I was six, keeping it secret until after graduating college, and about the heavy toll it took on my life.

Swimming in the Hudson: An Ode to Prevention

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 10.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Derek Yach

This is the 21st century. We need to apply our preventive focus to more than assuring we can swim in waters like the Hudson without it being a threat to our lives. We need this river to become a symbol of how we ended drowning and suicides, not a tragic reminder of the failure of prevention.

Our Health, on Fire: The #UseWhatWeKnow Campaign

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.29.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Let the parsing continue, for that competition is healthy if it helps us do something about the residual 20 percent of all chronic disease we don't already know how to prevent. But let us not squander what we do know while working to learn what we don't.

Renaming October: Breast Health Education Month

Lindsay Avner | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Lindsay Avner

Has the runner who recently fundraised and completed a charity 5K taken the time to gather her family's cancer history, on both her mother and father's side, and shared it with her doctor?

Skirting the Issue: Breast Cancer and Dress Size

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 09.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

This is not a substitute for screening by mammography. But these findings may provide the women not getting screened with a simple and easily understood message: Taking note of your skirt size may save your life.

Sincere and Sincerely Wrong: Making Children Less Safe In The Name of Safety

Lauren Harris | Posted 09.29.2014 | Parents
Lauren Harris

There are several reasons people choose not to vaccinate their children, primarily born from misinformation from anti-vaccine advocates.

This World Heart Day, Create Heart-Healthy Environments Where You Live, Work and Play

Nancy Brown | Posted 09.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Dr. Sidney C. Smith Jr. didn't have just one a-ha moment that turned him into a crusader against heart disease. He had too many to count. Frequently, they fit the same pattern: Someone is rushed to the hospital with a heart attack after a buildup of fatty deposits called plaque has blocked a coronary artery.

Learning To Use Genomics Safely, To Improve Children's Health

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 09.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Alan E. Guttmacher

The National Institutes of Health has funded four pilot projects to explore the use of genome sequencing in health care of newborns. Over the next several years, these pilot projects will yield useful information that will help us assess the potential for genome sequencing, its value in health care, and its ethical dimensions.

Feeling the Pain of Ignoring Back Pain Prevention Recommendations

Laura Jana | Posted 09.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Laura Jana

The fact of the matter is, we know prevention works. The challenge, however, is in convincing ourselves it's worth following all of the good advice that's out there before we feel the pain of putting it off.

Some Gut Microbes Love Diet Soda... and They're Not the Good Guys

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

This study shows quite nicely that non-caloric sweeteners can alter gut microbes in mice -- a change that has negative metabolic consequences -- and provides preliminary evidence that it can happen in humans too.

Dear Sean Hannity -- I'm Truly Sorry

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 09.19.2014 | Media
Barbara Ficarra

I can't begin to imagine what you went through as a child. What's extremely heartbreaking is that you said that you "deserved it." No child deserves to be hit or beaten, with or without a belt.

Get Up, Stand Up: Stand Up for Your Life

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Chairs are killing us. Prolonged sitting has been recognized as a major health hazard. A new study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine takes ...

A Carrot or a Tan?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 09.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Whenever I think about the good advice I just didn't take I'm ever so sorry I disregarded my mom's and couldn't resist the sun's afterglow -- like ev...

Building Momentum for Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Post-2015 Dialogue

Ward Cates | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact
Ward Cates

Sexual and reproductive health, which includes access to family planning and HIV prevention and treatment, is increasingly being linked to progress across all areas of development.

Cancer Prevention: What Comes First?

Bill Couzens | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

In order to stop cancer before it starts, we must undergo a multifaceted cultural shift. Cancer prevention is a boundless canopy covering expansive territories of all facets of human health, lifestyle, the environment and social issues to include poverty.

Whole Wheat-ifying School Lunch: Could It Work?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

A donut made with whole-wheat flour is just slightly healthier that the refined wheat one, but that doesn't make it into a healthy food, and the whole wheat-ification might confuse us into forgetting it's a food to consume rarely.

Are Those Responsible for Employee Health Appropriately Trained to Make the Right Decisions?

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 09.10.2014 | Business
Dr. Derek Yach

The cost of health insurance in the U.S. is clearly a concern for employers. In 2010, American employers spent a total of $560.9 billion for group health insurance, an increase of approximately 67 percent over the past 10 years.

Combatting Ebola: Quarantine Is Vital, But Also Cultural Education

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We must learn from responses to such epidemics in the past if we are to succeed today. Such lessons will be difficult to craft, requiring expertise in culture as well as medicine, but need to be integral parts of our global response.

Interrupt the Cradle to Prison Pipeline with Empowerment and Support

Matthew Albracht | Posted 09.04.2014 | Impact
Matthew Albracht

The Youth PROMISE Act is bipartisan legislation that uses community decision-making and proven programs to prevent youth violence. This is the kind of bill we could get behind, and it would empower our communities to tackle these issues.