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President Obama Models Men's Leadership in Halting Sexual Assault

Jackson Katz | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Jackson Katz

When powerful men like the president of the United States make clear, unequivocal statements like this, it makes it easier -- for men especially -- to derive the strength necessary to do likewise.

7 Tips On How To Eat Slowly To Eat Less

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Is this just my subjective feeling, or is there solid evidence to back the common weight-control advice to take your time with your meal?

Smoking Gun: 50th Anniversary of Tobacco-Cancer Connection

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

As Phillip Morris said in their Virginia Slims ad, attempting to attract female smokers by tapping into the women's liberation movement, "You've come a long way, baby." But the truth is tobacco remains a formidable problem, baby.

What the New Budget Deal Means for Drug Policy Reform

Rafael Lemaitre | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Rafael Lemaitre

Damaging cuts caused by sequestration have placed real obstacles in the way of ensuring full support for services and programs that expand prevention, treatment and smart-on-crime initiatives that represent a 21st century approach to drug policy. But there is good news...

What Do People Want From Their Health Care? How My Book Tour Turned Into a 'Listening Tour'

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Over 2,000 people shared with me their frustrations with doctors, insurance companies, hospitals, and the health care system. I listened and learned. Here are 10 themes that emerged.

Saving Mr. Disney: What Walt Taught Us

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

So with what we know today, we could have saved Mr. Disney, and many of the other celebrities. More importantly, you can save your own life by recognizing the problem of smoking addiction and committing yourself to improvement.

With Fewer Cancer Deaths, What Should You Do Now?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Still the most feared of all diseases, cancer now has some good news. But the responsibility is yours to make sure you are one of the good statistics, not one of the bad ones.

Vitamins Can Help Prevent Heart Attacks

Leo Galland, M.D. | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Leo Galland, M.D.

A series of articles published on Dec. 17 in a prestigious medical journal, The Annals of Internal Medicine, received a lot of press because of an edi...

Will 2014 Move Past the Private/Public Health Care Debate and Onto Preventative Health?

Richie Etwaru | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Richie Etwaru

We are at a crossroads of a historic inflection point where human health care could tip from a focus on cure to one on prevention. At the risk of sounding like a Miss America contestant describing her platform to "change the world," that's precisely the kind of radical paradigm shift I'm proposing.

Can Chocolate Make You Fit?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Can chocolate pave the way to a fitter you this year? Charles Duhigg says it can, and this isn't some miracle diet -- he provides research to back hi...

Is It Alzheimer's?

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

Many worried people can take comfort from the fact that a certain amount of age-related memory loss, especially of people's names -- that aggravating "it's on the tip of my tongue" feeling -- is normal and is not a warning sign of dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Health: Know What, or No How

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I genuinely believe the luminous prize of vitality -- more years of life, more life in years -- is tantalizingly, almost agonizingly within reach. But until more of us can agree we do know what, there simply is no how.

How to End Brazil's Homicide Epidemic

Robert Muggah | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Robert Muggah

Homicidal violence is a barometer of the wider health of a society and the commitment of governments to guaranteeing its safety and well-being. By almost every measure, Brazil is a sickly patient and its public authorities are errant doctors.

10 Best New Year's Resolutions for 2014

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

New Years, and the time I always resolve to lose more weight, is arriving. Will I once again choose a diet du jour, and try to follow it for a few months, only to slip back into my favorite high calorie snacks and desserts?

27,000 May Die Next Year Because Republican Governors, Lawmakers Refuse to Expand Medicaid

Ethan Rome | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Governors and lawmakers in 25 states who rebuff federal support to expand state Medicaid programs to 4.8 million low-income people under the ACA are sacrificing thousands of lives and pushing away enormous economic development opportunities.

6 Medical Tips On Choosing HPV Vaccination For Your Daughter Or Son (Or Not)

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

No one wants to talk about it, but HPV (human papilloma virus) is common, sexually-transmitted, and can cause suffering and reduced quality of life. This is serious stuff, and you should take a moment to think about it now.

Crazy Diets, Silly Food Science and Absurd Food Inventions 2013

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 02.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

This year had its remarkable share of senseless diets, bizarre research and odd inventions. Here's what you might've missed.

Preventing Gun Violence a Year After Newtown

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

A group of thoughtful clergy is taking it upon themselves not just to talk the talk, hold the hands, and hug the grieving, but to walk the walk -- and in this case take the flight and try new approaches to preventing gun violence.

12 Fish You Should Never Eat

Posted 12.03.2013 | Healthy Living

By Emily Main for Prevention Our oceans have become so depleted of wild fish stocks, and so polluted with industrial contaminants, that trying to f...

Detroit Leading Change

Bill Couzens | Posted 01.25.2014 | Detroit
Bill Couzens

Every time I return to Detroit I continue to see its magic -- yet at the same time, see the pain and loss that comes with poverty. That said, I also feel a sense of optimism by a growing trend of some exciting social enterprise occurring.

Lifestyle as Medicine: At a Fork in the Road, Who's Got a Spoon?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Lifestyle is the greatest of all medicine, but it may feel in this morbidigenic, obesigenic world of ours that we can't get it to go down, because we just don't have the right spoon. It may feel that we can't get there from here. That is, in a word, wrong.

No Tray, No Salad

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Students load their trays in all-you-can-eat cafeterias with heaps of food, leading to waste and perhaps also to overeating. But what does tray disappearance do to food choices?

7 Ways To Boost Your Energy Without Caffeine

Posted 11.18.2013 | Healthy Living

By Laura Tedesco for Prevention When your energy level falls into the red zone, you probably reach for our culture's quick fix: caffeine. In fact, ...

The Inner Landscape of the Children Who Survived Typhoon Haiyan

William Spear | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
William Spear

The similarities are striking - we've been in this place before. The past echoes in my brain and I feel as if I am sitting in my living room the day after Christmas in 2004.

Does Sugar's State of Matter Really Matter?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Studies have shown that there is something distinctive about getting calories in liquid form. Solid sugars affect satiety, while studies have demonstrated that liquid sugar doesn't suppress appetite -- sugary drinks' calories are just added.