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Sugary Drinks May Increase Stroke Risk

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

A new study from researchers at the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden looked at whether sugary drinks increase the risk of a stro...

Lessons Learned in Boston: Creative Arts Expression As a Path Toward Recovery and Resilience

Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH | Posted 04.16.2014 | Arts
Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH

The city is united in important ways, resolute and ready to run that race again -- this time with the whole world looking on. Terrorism failed in Boston, and I think there are lessons to be learned from the last year of Boston's recovery about resilience in general.

Big Soda Misinforms California's Senators

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

On April 9, the Health Committee of the California State Senate passed Senate Bill 1000 (Monning), the Soda Warning Label Bill by a vote of 5-2. The ...

Parents: Do Alcohol Advertisers Target Our Children?

David Jernigan, PhD | Posted 04.10.2014 | Parents
David Jernigan, PhD

The take-home here is that the self-regulated guidelines are not protecting youth from alcohol exposure. As a parent, what I'd most want to know is the following: Are these companies targeting advertising for their products to my child?

The Affordable Care Act Is Great, But We Can't Forget About Public Health

Erin Yastrow | Posted 04.09.2014 | College
Erin Yastrow

Public Health argues that health is not merely the absence of disease. Health is a result of many factors including but not limited to where we live, our environment, genetics, behavior, socioeconomic status, education.

From Rock Star To The Recycling Business

Mike Shinoda | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Mike Shinoda

It's not a catchy nor glamorous name, because collecting trash isn't a glamorous business.

20 Years Later, Rwanda Is Succeeding

Josh Ruxin | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Josh Ruxin

Rwanda had to create something virtually unique in Africa: government that was corruption-free, a plan to turn away foreign aid as soon as possible, and a reliance on business standards to encourage competition and efficiency.

E-cigarettes: Is Liquid Nicotine Safe?

Ruth Macklin | Posted 04.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

The debate over e-cigarettes has been heating up. Are the smokeless, battery-powered, nicotine-dispensing devices a gateway to smoking for young people or a helpful way for smokers to quit? Public health experts can be found on both sides of the debate.

National Public Health Week: Start With Us

Dr. Georges C. Benjamin | Posted 04.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Georges C. Benjamin

This year's theme, "Public Health: Start Here," testifies to our need to change the way our nation thinks about health -- from one that focuses on sick care to one that prevents sickness and injury from happening in the first place. Each day we will emphasize a different way to get started.

Do We Have a Gang Problem or a Gun Problem?

Evan DeFilippis | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Evan DeFilippis

Gun advocates' blind focus on gangs, drugs and violent felons overlooks the larger gun problem facing America.

Tax a Cola, Improve Life for San Francisco's Children

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 04.02.2014 | Food
Jeff Ritterman, MD

In San Francisco, the communities with the highest hospitalization rates for type-2 diabetes are the same communities with the highest rates of soda consumption. Type-2 diabetes is far more costly and far more regressive than any soda tax ever could be.

Is Gun Violence a Public Health Issue?

Socheata Poeuv | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Socheata Poeuv

Most of us never register the scale of gun deaths in America. But doctors like Vivek Murthy who are often on the front line of our country's social problems know this scale all to well.

ACA's Fourth Birthday: A Good Reason to Celebrate

Dr. Georges C. Benjamin | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Dr. Georges C. Benjamin

The "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" is now four years old and March 31 brings to a close the first major enrollment period of our nation's health reform law. And there is good reason to celebrate.

Do More Guns Cause More Suicide?

Evan DeFilippis | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Evan DeFilippis

The same bad arguments forwarded by politicians are being used by the NRA to challenge gun regulation. This insistence by gun advocates that suicide is a foregone conclusion is not only factually incorrect, but incredibly dangerous.

Editorial Shorthand Fails Our Debates On Public Health

Marice Ashe | Posted 03.27.2014 | Food
Marice Ashe

The word "ban" is a loaded one, virtually guaranteed to inflame readers' passions on an issue.

Human Rights in Indonesia: The Foundation of Our Future

Hashim Djojohadikusumo | Posted 03.26.2014 | World
Hashim Djojohadikusumo

Indonesia has made great strides since we embraced the democratic system in 1998 and I believe, despite great challenges, we have a bright future ahead of us. To realize our nation's promise, however, we must first protect the fundamental rights of our people.

The War Against Polio: It's Not Over Yet

Kelsey Davenport | Posted 03.24.2014 | College
Kelsey Davenport

What sets Rukhsar apart from other polio victims, however, is that she is the last: the last recorded case of polio in India.

Investing in the Science of Public Health

Linda P. Fried | Posted 03.24.2014 | 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.

When Health Care Outcomes Are Determined Outside of Health Care

Brad Stulberg | Posted 03.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

It's time to start thinking about innovation in health care not just as some new fancy machine or surgical technique, but also as how we identify, approach and work with vulnerable people so there is less need to treat them as acute patients.

Sugar Kills! How Do We Decrease Consumption?

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 03.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Our advice could be simple: "Eat real food. If they advertise it, don't buy it." The explanation simple as well: They advertise food and beverages because they want you to eat and drink products that are unhealthy."

How Safety-Net ERs Can Save Health-Care Reform

Andrew G. Lim | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Andrew G. Lim

In the coming years of health-care transition, county-hospital ERs will continue to be the first refuge for America's marginalized and vulnerable populations. They must evolve to become coordinating centers for society's health needs and champions of cost reform.

From the Sushi Plate to the Investment Portfolio: Three Ways to Take Action on Ocean Health

John B. Thomas | Posted 03.17.2014 | Green
John B. Thomas

If you're ordering sushi in the United States, you may not be eating what you think you are.

Dave Jamieson

White House's Gift To The Poultry Industry Under Fire From Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It appears the Agriculture Department's controversial plan to create faster line speeds in poultry processing plants has hit another sna...

Convenience Stores: C Is for Conundrum

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 03.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Is it possible to save our teens from the adverse health impacts of sugary drink consumption without destroying the livelihood of the C-store shopkeeper? What kind of transformation of the C-store would be needed for this to happen?

Want to Legalize Marijuana? Learn From Regulating Alcohol and Tobacco

Michele Simon | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Michele Simon

The most painful lesson from alcohol and tobacco control is that profit motive can trump all other concerns. The right preventive measures should be put in place early on, and then need to be vigorously defended against the tidal wave of deregulation, to strike the right balance between legal availability and protecting public health.