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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.

When to Exercise: Timing Is Everything

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

You don't need money. You don't need a gym. You don't need equipment. You don't need another person. For a remarkably small investment of time you can dramatically lower your risk for the most common diseases of our time.

Can We Prevent Alzheimer's? November Is Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

If we can target our adults with mild cognitive impairment -- forgetting phone numbers, where you put the keys, birthdays, anniversaries, and appointments -- we may have a real chance of preventing the slow decline into a world of dementia.

What REALLY Kills Us

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

What really kills us prematurely, and all too often imposes years of misery beforehand, isn't a list of chronic diseases, but the factors that cause those diseases. What really takes years from life and life from years is a willingness to know WHAT, yet neglect the opportunity to know HOW.

In Our Own Backyard

K. Sujata | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

What keeps this industry booming is the demand for cheap labor or services, or for commercial sex acts. Sex trafficking is big business, one of the world's biggest human rights issues and it's happening in our own backyard.

Study Shows Lost Sleep May Add Weight in Kids

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 11.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

What can 2.5 hours do? During the week the kids slept more they reported eating 134 fewer calories per day compared to their intake during the reduced sleep condition, and their measured weight was about half a pound less.

Five Ways NYC Kids Won and Big Tobacco Lost This Week

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Jeffrey Seyler

Ten years ago, New York City enacted landmark legislation to curb the dangers of tobacco use, which is the number one cause of preventable death. This month, the City made history once again.

Waking the Warrior Goddess

Tory Zellick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Tory Zellick

How was your time spent this October? Apropos to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, part of mine was spent sitting in a breast surgeon's office, awaiting the results of a 3-D ultrasound of my breast tissue.

Latest Research on Tobacco Use and Health Care Cost Has Global Implications

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Derek Yach

High BMI and smoking remain among the top three risk factors that contribute to the highest burden of disease in Western Europe and the U.S., and the research mentioned above highlights this issue and discusses potential solutions, with implications far beyond South Africa.

What About Honoring our Own Local Nobel-Worthy Peace Laureates?

Matthew Albracht | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Matthew Albracht

In big and small ways, many thousands ARE working heroically right in our own cities here in the United States to help ameliorate violence, including the regions that are often called our own domestic "war zones."

Does It Matter Which Fruit You Eat?

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

Diet as a whole affects health -- profoundly -- but eating the latest fad miracle fruit, sensationalized by the media, is not likely to make much of a difference. Sorry, but shortcuts are improbable.