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The Myth of the Rational Health Care Consumer

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 08.28.2014 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

In a rational model of health care, the consumer must have the ability to distinguish bad products from good, and must have enough information and emotional distance to make purely rational choices about their or their loved ones' health care. There are a number of reasons this simply is not the case.

Bloomberg Wants To Do More Good With Less Money To Meet Global Health Goals

New York Times | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact

On a sweltering Saturday in June in Istanbul’s old city, Michael R. Bloomberg, power-dressed in a dark blue suit, monogrammed white shirt and cuff l...

Under Quarantine: Ebola's Impact on Women and Girls in Liberia

Emily Teitsworth | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Emily Teitsworth

As in many public health emergencies, adolescent girls and young women are among the most marginalized and at-risk population during this crisis. In the face of this national disaster, the Let Girls Lead (LGL) network of organizations in Liberia is working to save families from Ebola.

Ferguson's Overlooked Ties to the War on Drugs

Howard Meitiner | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Howard Meitiner

While we do not know all the facts on the ground in Ferguson, we know that militarization on a national level can often do more harm than good. It has eroded trust between law enforcement and ordinary citizens, and it certainly hasn't eradicated the drug scourge from our communities.

A Back-to-School Message: Emphasize Childhood Health, Not Obesity

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel J. Schultz

New school lunch regulations should not be thought about as a weight management diet, but a roadmap for health for each student involved. Breakfast, lunch and snacks at school allow us as a nation to demonstrate to millions of children each day what nutritious food looks like.

The Worst Thing Since White Bread

Ali Cherry | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Ali Cherry

While most Americans think about eating healthy and want to make improvements, more than half say that figuring out their income taxes is easier than knowing what they should and shouldn't eat.

Stop Worrying About Ebola (And Start Worrying About What it Means)

Adam C. Levine | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Adam C. Levine

We should care a great deal about the Ebola outbreak, but not for the reasons propagated by cable news. We should care about Ebola for what it says about the current state of the health care system in resource-limited settings around the globe.

Student Loan and Mortgage Loan Debt: A Public Health Crisis?

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Mechele Dickerson

Recent research about student loans and mortgages raises the question of whether having too much debt can make you sick. Survey results are particularly troubling because they suggest that it is the debt itself -- not the burden of repayment.

#DirtyDenier$ Day 7: Congressman Leonard Lance

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

When it comes to environmental protections and addressing climate change, Congressman Leonard Lance is, in the words of Lewis Carroll, getting "curiouser and curiouser."

Decades-old Tools No Match for Today's Drug-resistant TB

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Humanity has lived with, and died from, tuberculosis since recorded history began. The last century brought the hope of ending that tragedy, but success has remained elusive. It's time to make it a reality.

Ebola Has Happened in the U.S. and It Could Happen Again If We Don't Address the Root Causes

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Although it's too late to prevent the current epidemic in West Africa, perhaps we can prevent another one if we take a moment to look at how Ebola and many other infectious diseases arrive on our doorstep in the first place: through the trade in animals.

Going Beyond 'Band-Aid' Care

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

An MRI here, a prescription there -- these are Band-Aids, not lasting solutions. Our communities need innovative approaches to pressing issues like homelessness, drug addiction, obesity, and lack of mental health services. To help the patient, we must also address the health of the community.

Are Humans Inducing Epidemic Outbreaks?

Anna Clark | Posted 08.04.2014 | Green
Anna Clark

So far, the consequences of a warming planet have mainly afflicted the poor. Now scientists are discovering that not only does deforestation harm the environment, it may also be directly responsible for the Ebola outbreak.

The Tobacco Fight Is Far From Over

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard K. Koh

As I conclude more than five years of service as the Assistant Secretary for Health, it is my fervent hope that we can someday relegate the tobacco epidemic to the history books. Let us stop this suffering once and for all and give our kids a fighting chance for a healthy future.

3 Things I Learned as a Shop Girl in Southampton NY That I Brought to My Work in Mozambique

Michael Seo | Posted 07.30.2014 | Small Business
Michael Seo

Two-thirds into the summer season and time zones removed from Mozambique, I began to embrace the reality that stakeholders are clients are one and the same.

The Real Danger of 'Too Much Exercise'

Brad Stulberg | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

Unduly provocative headlines based on inconclusive science work against what should be one of our country's most important public health goals -- getting people to move and exercise more.

Public Health Advocacy: Creatively Applying Medical Knowledge to Social Policy

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

I had the honor of being on a panel at the Champion Providers Training, held at the lovely Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco this July. Forty-five physic...

Massachusetts Chooses a Governor: Implications for Us All

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a pediatrician in some of Boston's lowest-income neighborhoods, I saw firsthand how a child's health is determined by far more than medicine -- it is the air they breathe, the streets they play in, the safety of their communities, their opportunities for a good education, the economic stability of their family. Simply put, doctors can't fulfill their mission in communities affected by inequality and unfairness. Health requires justice for all. That's what makes me want to run for governor.

Many Still Don't Realize Disproportionate Impact of Smoking on LGBT People

Harvey Makadon, M.D. | Posted 07.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Harvey Makadon, M.D.

Tobacco companies have long targeted our community with ads featuring LGBT people and themes. They have supported our causes. While the support has been welcomed, it has come with a price.

How Data and Analytics Can Help the Developing World

Travis Korte | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Travis Korte

While commentators routinely discuss the ways the United States and other developed countries can use data and analytics to improve the lives of their citizens, the many opportunities for data to transform the developing world are less well-known.

Tipping the Scales on Obesity: How to Sell Health

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Obesity is among the most pressing public health concerns today -- and the situation has just taken a turn for the worse.

The High Cost of Vaccines

Ruth Macklin | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Ruth Macklin

What -- if anything -- can be done about a situation that forces patients to choose between two undesirable options: risk succumbing to a preventable illness or pay the exorbitant amounts the companies are charging?

Expanding the Business of Public Health

Linda P. Fried | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business
Linda P. Fried

America's public health challenges -- from the prevalence of diabetes to poor nutrition to air pollution to climate change to the health that cities foster -- require the active participation of business if they are to be overcome.

4 Reasons the Detroit Water Shut-Offs Matter

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 07.06.2014 | Detroit
Lisa Schechtman

Last month, the City of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department began to shut off water service for around 3,000 customers a week, people who have fallen behind on payments by more than $150 or 60 days.

States Argue Stricter Beach Contamination Warning Standards Are Unnecessary

AP | JOHN FLESHER | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal plan to lower thresholds for warning the public about contaminated beach water is drawing protests from state ...