Despite the fact that HIV/AIDS is preventable and treatable, 430,000 children each year -- more than 1,000 a day -- are born with the disease. About 90 percent of these babies are born in sub-Saharan Africa.
Today's record breaking number of uninsured reminds us why health reform has been a top national priority. We cannot turn our backs on the millions of Americans who are falling through the cracks of a broken health system.
Given the statistics, no matter where you live, no matter your age or race, fat or thin, you may get diabetes. It's the fifth leading cause of death the U.S. and its complications affect every bodily system.
A recent editorial proposes that fast food restaurants consider giving out a cholesterol-lowering statin drug with each meal, just as they give away little packets of ketchup. Surely, this must be a joke, right?
This week, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $1.27 billion for prevention and public health. This investment could shift our current health care system from one that is reactive to one that is proactive.
It's been a time of growing black wealth and influence; an era that saw an African-American man elected president of the world's most powerful nation. With so much progress, why are so many black children still in foster care?
Taking action before an incident occurs has saved hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of dollars related to tobacco use, lead poisoning, and car crashes. And like smoking or highway deaths, the oil spill was both predictable and preventable.
It's time to begin seeing our health not as an overwhelming hurdle, but as a series of daily achievable steps. It's time to put resources behind practical approaches and tools that people will actually use.