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The Truth About Health Care Costs

Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. | Posted 11.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.

Whether we are Democrats or Republicans, all Americans can agree that our health care costs are unsustainable -- and the sooner we acknowledge that, the better. A new report from the Institute of Medicine reveals the truth about the way our health care dollars are spent.

Please, Don't Diss the Water

Larry_Cohen | Posted 11.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Larry_Cohen

We all deserve water and the more we drink it, the better. It's time to teach our children and ourselves that when it comes to quenching thirst and hydrating the body, nothing beats good old H2O.

Weighty Medicine: Pumping Iron Comes of Age

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 10.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Clinical research has demonstrated that resistance training benefits everyone, from children to seniors.

How Would You Like Your Rationing -- Rational, or Irrational?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.09.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Several years after making headlines for its health care reform, Massachusetts is back in the news, this time for passing legislation that aims to impose a cap on overall health care spending. That ambition implies, even if it doesn't quite manage to say, a very provocative word: rationing.

Lifestyle Counseling: A Missed Opportunity

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 10.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

We need to reduce our emphasis on disease management and emphasize health promotion instead. How much more desirable -- and less expensive -- it would be to prevent diabetes and heart disease, rather than to have to treat those diseases and their myriad complications.

The New Elixir: A Cup of Joe

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 10.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

The world's most widely used pick-me-up reduces your risk of neurodegeneration, depression, cancer and cardiovascular disease, and that's just the beginning of the story. Yes, I'm talking about that legal, over-the-counter beverage now available every other block.

Healing America's Health Care System

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 08.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

The Affordable Care Act is the start of a "prevention revolution" in America. The focus will begin to shift from treating the sick to also keeping the healthy well and detecting disease early when there's the best chance of cost-effective interventions and cures.

Big Pharma: Take it Back -- Protect Our Water and Health

Larry_Cohen | Posted 09.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Larry_Cohen

Safe collection and disposal policies keep medications out of landfills, groundwater and drinking water, and reduce risks of poisoning, suicide, and antibiotic resistance.

HIV/AIDS and the Public Health Crisis in Our Communities: The Time for Action Is Now

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 09.22.2012 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

After all, the HIV virus knows the value of bottom-up, systemic action. Whether it's affecting our bodies or our global public health agenda, each cellular community can be a part of the problem -- or a vital part of the solution.

Plain English About Ounces, Pounds, Dollars and Sense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.19.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The way we respond to obesity and related chronic disease in the U.S. is like waiting to send every adult to night school to learn English -- painfully, poorly, expensively, and late -- rather than having them grow up speaking fluently all along.

WATCH: Preventing Alzheimer's From Deepak Chopra

Posted 08.22.2013 | MarloThomas

Mind-body medical expert Deepak Chopra spoke about what we can do to prevent Alzheimer's disease when he joined me on Mondays With Marlo. Check out...

This July 4, God Bless America and Affordable Care Act

Daniel Zingale | Posted 09.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Daniel Zingale

By upholding the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for a new era in health care in this country, one that matches our aspirations to greatness, our sense of fairness and -- maybe most of all -- our passion for innovation.

Drought Doesn't Need To Lead To Hunger

Eric Muňoz | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Eric Muňoz

Unfortunately, drought in the Sahel region is a reality that is not going away. But drought does not need to lead to hunger. Prevention is key, and this means effective early warnings and community resilience.

Growing Up Injury-Free in the 21st Century

Larry_Cohen | Posted 08.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Larry_Cohen

Earlier this month, the European Safety Alliance released Child Safety Report Cards for 31 countries -- and here in the U.S., we would do well to learn from this far-reaching, comprehensive thinking.

Is it Rationing? Cancer Screening and Clinical Uncertainty

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 08.25.2012 | Healthy Living
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

The dilemma for PSA screening and many other tests and treatments is that there's no science-based way to know whether holding back constitutes "rationing" for particular patients.

The National Prevention Strategy at One: Improving the Health of Individuals, Families and Communities

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 08.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

By committing to including health as a component of policies and programs, these federal agencies are setting an example for all sectors by recognizing how their policies and programs contribute to the nation's health and wellness.

What You Don't Know About Strokes

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 08.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

Contrary to popular wisdom, what you don't know can sometimes hurt you, and badly. For older adults in particular, this is true when it comes to stroke.

Avoiding a Health Care Bubble

Ralph Snyderman, M.D. | Posted 08.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Ralph Snyderman, M.D.

The recent jobs report from the Department of Labor raises an important question: Is the expansion within the health care industry a good thing for our economy and nation, or is it an emerging bubble that will inevitably burst?

Celebrating Women's Health Week as a Grandmother

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 07.15.2012 | Women
Nancy K. Kaufman

On Sunday, I celebrated my first Mother's Day as a grandmother, so the celebration of National Women's Health Week this week has new meaning for me. I...

A Model for Personal Responsibility of Health

Marc B. Levin | Posted 07.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Marc B. Levin

Empowerment grows from an awareness that there are actions we can take, choices we can make, and ways we can relate to life that promote our own health, wellness, and well-being.

It's National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week: Know the Signs, Make a Difference

Tamar Chansky | Posted 05.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Tamar Chansky

It's National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week -- and with it, the opportunity for parents, teachers, coaches and troop leaders to make a difference in a child's life by keeping on the look out for signs that a child is struggling with a mental health issue.

The $2 Trillion Question

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 06.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cindy Haines

Why is it that America is still spending $2 trillion on health care, mostly treating people after they become sick? How can we shift money toward prevention, where each dollar can save us multiple dollars on treatment?

Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice: Eliminating Health Disparities

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Levi

All Americans should have the opportunity to lead long, healthy and productive lives. Yet one in two African-American and Hispanic-Latino children born this generation will develop type 2 diabetes as adults. This statistic is unacceptable because it is preventable.

The Devil in the Malaria Details

David de Ferranti | Posted 06.25.2012 | Impact
David de Ferranti

Have you ever had to buy a long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net (LLIN)? Probably not, even if you live in Africa, where nine out of ten malaria-related deaths occur.

A Drug Policy for the 21st Century

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
R. Gil Kerlikowske

Today we are releasing the 2012 National Drug Control Strategy -- the Obama Administration's primary policy blueprint for reducing drug use and its consequences in America. It is based on the premise that drug addiction is a chronic disease of the brain that can be prevented and treated.