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Investing in the Science of Public Health

Linda P. Fried | Posted 05.24.2014 | Science
Linda P. Fried

When we think of science for health, we think first -- and invest mostly -- in curing diseases once they have occurred. This is vitally important. However, the greatest return on investment often comes from the science of preventing the disease in the first place.

Don't Rush to Judgment: Medical Homes Can Improve Outcomes, Save Lives

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

When it comes to health care and decisions that affect the well-being of millions of Americans, immediacy shouldn't guide reforms or drive policy changes. It's prudent to assess research-grabbing headlines by taking a deep breath, maintaining a sense of perspective and not jumping to hasty conclusions.

The New Success: Preventive Health Coach

Dr. Michael R. Mantell | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael R. Mantell

Defining success in life should include more than just the accumulation of money and power. How can an increased focus on your health and wellbeing th...

Anti-Flat-Belly Foods

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Can the type of food we eat cause fat to accumulate preferentially in the belly? Do diet choices affect how much muscle we build? It's an important matter, because belly fat isn't just an esthetic issue.

Moms Taking Action to Save Lives

Gretchen Burns Bergman | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Burns Bergman

If it wasn't for the stigma that is promoted by punitive drug policies, this certainly wouldn't be an issue. Why isn't naloxone made as available as an epi-pen or other common antidote? The answer is misguided moralistic judgment and ignorance about the true nature of addictive illness.

Aging Gracefully, Inside and Out

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 05.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Kidney disease often develops slowly with few outward symptoms, so many people don't realize they have it until the disease is advanced. Awareness, especially for those at risk, is the first step to preventing or slowing the progression of kidney disease.

Added Sugar Replaces Fat as Ingredient to Watch For

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Michelle Obama unveiled a series of proposed changes to the food label last Thursday. These changes, she said, will help consumers make better, more informed decisions.

March Is National Kidney Month: Let's Get Back to Basics

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Kidney Disease kills more people each year than breast and prostate cancer combined. Yes, you read that statistic correctly, but you may be surprised by it.

Why Manage What You Can Prevent?

Dr. Michael R. Mantell | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael R. Mantell

When did leaders in workplace wellness become hoodwinked and duped into thinking managing something is better than preventing it? I guess they believ...

Is Packing Your Kid's Lunch an Anti-Obesity Tool?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

When you look at a group of elementary school kids, can you tell who's at risk of becoming obese? And more importantly, what can be done to change tha...

6 Free Screenings You Should Get Now

Napala Pratini | Posted 04.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Napala Pratini

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many preventive tests are now available for free. But with such a comprehensive list of screening options, it is hard to know where to begin. Start small with these six screenings.

Healthy Behaviors That Can Prevent Heart Disease, From Sharon Mulvagh, MD (VIDEO)

Posted 02.24.2014 | MarloThomas

Mayo Clinic cardiologist Sharon Mulvagh, MD, had some excellent statistics and tips to share with us about healthy behaviors that can prevent heart di...

Gills, Pills and Obesity Genes

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Human beings don't have gills, and there are genes to blame. But the right response looks like swimming lessons, and lifeguards, and fences around pools -- not studying genes while pushing kids into the surf. Not a new pill to fix an age-old part of who we are that was never really broken.

Can We Unmuddle Mammography?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A new study of mammography, showing lack of survival benefit, has once again muddied these waters and muddled the relevant messaging.

Is Disliking Veggies in Your Kid's Genes?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

It's perhaps a relief to know that our kids have a personality and innate tendencies before they were ever exposed to our influences, and the consolation -- there's also a limit to how much damage our inevitable shortcomings may do. But when it comes to food, that doesn't put us of the hook.

The Fine Line of Genocide History

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 04.06.2014 | Media
Stephen D. Smith

When reporting genocidal incidences, historians take on a heavy responsibility. Just 20 years after the genocide committed against the Tutsi of Rwanda, many of the protagonists are still alive and grappling their own narratives, and still feeling their pain.

7 Ways Denial Can Ruin Your Health

Next Avenue | Linda Melone | Posted 01.31.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Linda Melone While it’s tempting to ignore the aging process and carry on as if you’re still 30, being in denial...

Get a Real Physical: What Your Doctor Should Be Checking

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

A new year means time for another physical or annual exam. Many people delay this appointment, thinking it is a waste of time, since they feel just "fine." Staying healthy, as we are all learning, is no longer a choice.

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.