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Prevention

And Many Happy Returns: The Affordable Care Act Turns Three

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey Levi

As the Affordable Care Act continues to benefit the country, in another year, we'll have an abundance of stories to share of communities turning their health around by focusing on preventing illness and thereby creating happy, healthy and thriving neighborhoods.

On Vulnerability, and Opportunity: Is Forewarned Forearmed?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

With the help of a cameo appearance by a friend you are likely to know, a preventionist reflects on vulnerability -- and the opportunity to take arms against a sea of troubles imperiling our children, and by opposing -- end them!

Sarah Costa | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Sarah Costa

We need to be sure women and girls are safe whether they are caught in the first stages of a crisis or in a long-term refugee situation, whether they are living in a refugee camp or in an urban setting.

10 Of The Germiest Places At The Gym

Posted 03.08.2013 | Healthy Living

Most germs are not going to make you sick, but you'll still want to rethink your fitness routine.

Is Sugar Making the World Fat, Diabetic, and Hypertensive?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The new study in Public Health Nutrition reminds us that in developing countries, sugar intake continues to rise. Therefore, the developing world needs policies that limit added sugars, hopefully before the train leaves the station.

The Grandfather of Preventative Health: A Farewell to Dr. C. Everett Koop

Adam Bosworth | Posted 04.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Adam Bosworth

Although Dr. Koop was deeply conservative and religious, he was opposed by many on the left and the right because he had the integrity to go where the data took him, regardless of politics or his own personal opinions.

6 Ways to Give Your Child a Healthy Heart for Life

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

February is heart month -- a great time to think about heart health. While we tend to think of heart disease as a problem of adults, it can start in childhood, and the health habits of childhood have everything to do with heart health in adulthood.

Can Olive Oil and Nuts Prevent Heart Attacks?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

I think the Mediterranean diet would be worth adopting for the sheer pleasure of it, and the health benefits are just another great reason to go Mediterranean.

Medical Attention Required: Sequestration and the 'U.S. Health Disadvantage'

Rishi Manchanda | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Rishi Manchanda

A growing body of research now shows that Americans -- rich or poor, minority or not -- suffer from a widening "health disadvantage" when compared to citizens of other high-income countries.

Advancing the Public Health System by Defining the Foundational Capabilities of Public Health

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

With adequate, stable funding that ensures basic foundational capabilities, the nation's chief health strategists can take advantage of several evolving opportunities to turn the nation's sick care system into a true health care system.

To This Day Project: Interview with Anti-Bullying Video Creator Shane Koyczan

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Shira Lazar

Based on a powerful spoken word problem, Shane Koyczan's To This Day Project explores the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.

Want to Tap Into Your Heart Power?

Helene Lerner | Posted 04.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Lerner

Insights from our heart can help us uncover what has stopped us from moving forward in our lives, transform the way we think and feel about people, and stir up yearnings we might have buried for years -- desires that lead us to living our dreams.

Test Your Winter Stomach Bug IQ: 6 Facts And Myths Of Norovirus

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 04.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Norovirus is a common but unpleasant illness. If you do get it, make sure to drink plenty of fluids and get good rest. As with anything else, prevention is the best medicine.

The Case For Prevention: Saving More Dollars By Making More Sense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If we got down to the bedrock of true prevention -- lifestyle as preventive medicine -- we could add years to life, add life to years, and save a whole lot of money by putting to use the science and sense long at our disposal.

Prevention Does the Body (and America's Wallet) Good

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

Prevention delivers real value as a cost-effective way to keep Americans healthy and improve their quality of life. Everyone wins when we prevent disease rather than treating people after they get sick.

Study Grades the Nutritional Quality of Fast-Food Menus

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

From a nutritional point of view, if we were to invent the worst diet ever -- one with a component list designed uniquely for unhealthy weight gain and cardiovascular and metabolic morbidity -- we'd be hard pressed to imagine one worse than the typical fast food regimen.

Integrative Medicine: Get the Best of Both Worlds for Your Loved One

Tory Zellick | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Tory Zellick

We live at an exciting crossroads in the world of health care. Ancient medical systems like Ayurveda and traditional chinese medicine are as accessible as modern medical treatments like pharmaceuticals and surgery.

Why Doctors Can't Make You Well

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

"I am well" means much more than the absence of active disease. What the public -- and most doctors -- hasn't found out is that the cause of illness is becoming more and more murky.  

United States of Obesity: How Are States Battling Bulging Health Costs?

Scott Kahan, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Scott Kahan, M.D.

Efforts aimed at obesity prevention are well underway, but we are still a nation very uncomfortable with paying for services that could help treat the two-thirds of Americans who carry excess weight.

Let's Move, Let's Run

David Willey | Posted 03.12.2013 | Healthy Living
David Willey

There are so many physical, mental, and emotional benefits to even a simple running "routine." No fancy equipment needed, no teams to make -- just a pair of shoes and some guidance and encouragement.

We Need To Be Prepared For 'Superstorm Era,' Experts Warn

Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.04.2013 | Green

In the wake of superstorms like Katrina and Sandy that have, in recent years, devastated swathes of the United States, the country is struggling to de...

How To Stay Healthy Through The Holidays: 4 Essential Tips From Dr Dean Ornish

Dr. Ali Binazir | Posted 02.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ali Binazir

Even though the word "holiday" is supposed to evoke images of carefree fun and frolic, we all know the truth: The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year.

Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid Of Your 'Senior Moments'

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 02.20.2013 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Everyone, at any age, forgets. Your senior moment may be no different than the junior moments you've had your whole life.

Newtown Was an Atrocity; Violence Is a Daily Scourge. We Can and Must Change This Picture

Larry_Cohen | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Larry_Cohen

We need a sustained commitment in the U.S. to pursue the kinds of policies that can transform our communities and prevent the violence that is an everyday feature of life in too many cities and communities.

Sandy Hook

Michael Neill | Posted 02.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

The future will change one person at a time and one thought at a time. You can't bring back a child, but you can bring back the hope in one. You can show love to those that have been raised in hate and you can be an oasis of kindness in a desert of cruelty.