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Preventive Health

Why I'll Be Keeping My Distance From Kale

Karin Kasdin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

Let me suggest this: Google 'kale' and read the part about flatulence. Read it carefully. It's a little-spoken of side effect that packs a big wallop. I'm not making this up. For three days I had to, in good conscience, keep my distance from all other human beings. I will be keeping my distance from kale forever more. And boy, do I feel great!

The Obama Plan -- Spending Mental Health Money in All the Wrong Places

Allen Frances | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Allen Frances

This well-meaning program is a serious mistake for two reasons. First, it is no more than a politically correct, cosmetic solution that distracts attention from what really needs to be done. Second, it will likely wind up doing much more harm than good.

Handling, and Swallowing, the Truth About Food

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.11.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I care deeply about the truth about food, because this particular truth could set us substantially free from the threat of chronic disease and premature death. Chewing and swallowing the truth about food could add years to our lives, and lives to our years.

America's Best-Kept Secret: We All Die Too Young

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Mary Anne Mercer

Did you know that, as an American, you're likely to have worse health and die younger than someone in virtually any other rich nation in the world? This is true regardless of who you are or what you do to live as healthy a life as possible.

A Safer Way to Affordable Health Care

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 04.02.2013 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

Programs that incentivize healthful choices like Safeway's, if embraced at companies throughout the nation, might go a long way toward bringing health care expenditures down.

Food and Mood: Is What You're Eating, Eating You?

Michael Stanclift, N.D. | Posted 03.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Stanclift, N.D.

Our eating habits provide the building blocks (nutrients) for our bodies to create the chemicals we need. And each food has different amounts of particular blocks. If the building blocks aren't provided in adequate amounts, our bodies react with symptoms.

No More Newtowns

T. Berry Brazelton, MD | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
T. Berry Brazelton, MD

Let's not allow mental illness to be further stigmatized by events like the Newtown tragedy, nor to distract us from the solutions that are closer at hand. It's a lot faster, easier, and cheaper to reduce the number of assault weapons in circulation.

Medicare Preventive Services: What's Free, What's Not!

Jim T. Miller | Posted 03.17.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Medicare covers a wide array of preventive services to help you stay healthy, but it's important to know which services are totally covered and which ones will generate some out-of-pocket costs.

Diabetes And The Holidays: 3 Easy Ways To Prevent The Condition

Susan B. Dopart, M.S., R.D., C.D.E. | Posted 02.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan B. Dopart, M.S., R.D., C.D.E.

Small, reasonable changes can add up to a lot of benefits in your future. Incremental adjustments can ensure the earthquake of a diabetes diagnosis never happens to you.

Where Cancer Prevention Must Start

Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.

While improvements have been made in the curriculum of American medical schools over the past few decades, cancer prevention is one essential area that is still neglected. The emphasis is on treatment, rather than prevention.

Forewarned Is Forearmed, Except When It Isn't

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

As told most famously by Shelley, the kingdom of Ozymandias fell to ruin in the desert sand. We are misguided to think we are too mighty to do the same. Signs of our vulnerability abound.

Making Prevention a Priority

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 12.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Kathy Ko Chin

Preventing obesity-associated chronic diseases and improving our nation's public health requires policy, systems and environmental change. Where we live, eat, sleep, work, learn, and play all impact our health.

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.

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.

It is Wrong to Ransom College Affordability with Preventive Health Funds

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Leslie Gerwin

Failing to support public health weakens our nation's security. It is ironic that given limited funds and competing needs, Republican budget proposals cut human services and increase defense spending.

Women's Health Care is Stronger Thanks to the Health Care Law

Sec. Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Sec. Kathleen Sebelius

Over the last two years, women have begun to see the better health, better care, and lower costs that everyone deserves. And over the next two years, women will continue to see stronger benefits and protections for them and their families.

Why Prevention Is In Peril

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As I write this, the Prevention Fund is about to undergo -- or has just undergone -- a $5 billion amputation. For those of us dedicated to disease prevention and health promotion, this is a very cruel cut indeed.

A New Approach To Primary Care: Prevention

AP | By TOM MURPHY | Posted 09.19.2011 | Healthy Living

INDIANAPOLIS -- A budding model for primary care that encourages the family doctor to act as a health coach who focuses as much on preventing illness ...

This June, Get Healthy, Stay Healthy

Sec. Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 08.02.2011 | Healthy Living
Sec. Kathleen Sebelius

In the end, we're all responsible for our own health. But we know that when we work together to make healthy choices easier and more affordable, everyone benefits. That's why in June we are marking our nation's first-ever Prevention and Wellness Month.

Obama the Visionless: Flogging the Four Horsemen of the Bureaucracy

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

We are stuck with the checklist president -- the to-do-list president, the carry-over president, the regulation president -- when what we needed was a vision president.

Better Education, Better Health

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

There's a huge disconnect between what doctors and other scientists know and what most patients grasp. To bridge this gap, physicians need do a better job talking to patients in plain language.