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Why Judy Bright Supported Obamacare

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Like many nurse practitioners, my mother declined to work in the for-profit sector and instead devoted her life to public health. She believed strongly in the need for universal health care -- a cause she felt was a deeply moral issue.

Option B+: A Critical Tool Toward Creating an AIDS-free Generation

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 07.11.2013 | Impact
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD

Whether a woman is a mother today, or a mother to be, her health is paramount -- both for her own productivity and quality of life, and that of the next generation. One way that we can help to support women -- and their children -- is by ensuring that all mothers receive the essential health services they need, including for HIV.

Basic Research and Its Contributions to Science and Society

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
American Anthropological Association

It is the weight of cumulative evidence that drives changes in health care provider behavior as well as changes in funding priorities. But do changes in clinical practice alone get the job done? Absolutely not.

Lipstick: The Price for Pretty Lips May Be Heavy... Metals

Bill Chameides | Posted 07.09.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

I suspect that most people would be surprised to know that lipstick contains toxic metals. It was a surprise to me. Does that mean that lipstick is not safe? And if not, what can be done about it?

What Happens When Condoms Are Criminal?

Renato Barucco | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

What comes into your mind when you think about condoms? Something that most likely will not come into your mind is criminal intent. Nevertheless, in some contexts, condoms can be considered vehicles of illegal activities. They can be confiscated and prohibited.

The Wrong Way to Dispose of Drugs

Peter J. Pitts | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Peter J. Pitts

Alameda County recently passed an ordinance that requires pharmaceutical companies to develop, manage and pay for a new local drug take-back program. There's good reason to believe very few people will participate in this program. It is also likely to result in higher drug prices and will produce few environmental benefits.

All Hands on Deck: (Some) Reflections on Ameliorating Global Health Disparities in the 21st Century

Dustin T. Duncan | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Dustin T. Duncan

There are disparities in health within countries, including in the U.S. For instance, there are disparities in obesity within the U.S., whereby black and Hispanic children and adolescents, have a substantially higher prevalence of obesity than their white peers.

Solving a Cruel Mystery

Randall Winston | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Randall Winston

I will never forget the day my sister Karen was diagnosed with lupus. As a television producer, I am used to dealing with the dramatic, but I have never faced anything quite like the emotional roller coaster ride that was to follow her diagnosis.

Hungry for Health: 4 Things I Learned While Traveling the Country

Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P. | Posted 06.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P.

Though the concepts of how to stay healthy haven't changed much, there are a few universal truths that bubble to the top of the list: Eat an organic, mostly plant-based diet. Cook from scratch if you can, and remember that food is information for our bodies.

Malcolm Gladwell, Proof and Soda

Michael Hobbes | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Hobbes

Starting in the 1990s, governments started taking tobacco prevention seriously. They removed vending machines, taxed cigarettes, banned smoking in bars and prevented marketing anywhere kids might see it. I think in the next 10 years you'll see the same thing with soda.

Stop Arresting New Yorkers for Carrying Condoms

Abe George | Posted 06.29.2013 | New York
Abe George

Targeting condoms is ineffective at deterring prostitution and threatens public health, and the practice also contributes to police discrimination against New York's LGBT community.

More Treatment, Less War: The White House Drug Policy Reform

Jason Silverstein | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics
Jason Silverstein

Many people who want substance abuse treatment can't get it. The White House wants to fix this. Can they do it, and will it help?

Uncomplicating Matters on the Way to Health

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Getting to health doesn't need to be all that complicated. And it also doesn't need to be about "should." Don't pursue health because it's an obligation, or because someone says you should. Pursue health because health is a currency you can spend on living better.

World Malaria Day and 3 Things You Can Do to Help

Joseph Peterson | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
Joseph Peterson

According to the World Health Organization, 650,000 people still die every year from this preventable disease, and most of those people are children under five years of age. Stop here and let that sink in: 650,000.

The Safety Illusion: That SUV Won't Protect You From Climate Change

Larry_Cohen | Posted 06.19.2013 | Green
Larry_Cohen

The best "land rovers" humans possess are connected to our hips. The best way to stay healthy -- and keep our planet healthy -- is to use our legs. That means we need streets that support our ability to walk and ride bikes safely -- not bigger, fiercer cars.

The World Is Watching San Francisco on Cell Phones

Devra Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Technology
Devra Davis, Ph.D.

San Francisco's law made sense at the time it was passed and makes more sense now. And even if the city decides to stop reinforcing this particular law, they still have the power to inform the public through ad campaigns that rely on old and new social media.

Means, at the Ends of Ethics

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

The language of the Second Amendment, however it is interpreted, is about means. Some manner of access to guns for some portion of the citizenry is the means, and something like defense against tyranny and protection of liberty the presumably intended ends.

The Global Search for Education: The Netherlands and Ticks

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

The challenges faced by those trying to combat the silent epidemic of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases are overwhelming.

Help People Follow the Doctor's Orders: Insurers Must Expand Coverage of Prevention

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

For too long, our system has been set up to focus on "sick care," instead of helping us all stay healthier in the first place. This needs to change and, thankfully, it has begun to.

Protecting Our Children From Bioterrorism Requires Testing Of Anthrax Vaccine

Tia Powell | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Tia Powell

Last month, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released a thoughtful report recommending against studying the anthrax vaccine in children. I might have agreed, had I not spent a year co-chairing an IOM report on protecting the public from a deadly anthrax attack.

Conflicts Between Public Health and Medical Care

Bruce A. Barron | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce A. Barron

Efforts to improve the health of the general population are typically addressed to diseases and behaviors that increase the risk of identifiable preventable disease and disability. In sharp contrast, medical care is a service delivered to a patient.

Kaiser Permanente's Obesity Prevention Interventions Prove to be a Success for Improving Children's Overall Health

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Kaiser Permanente's evaluation has shown promising results since it launched its Thriving Schools effort, aimed at helping students, staff and teachers focus on making healthy choices so that schools can become a focal point and beacon of health throughout entire communities.

It's Time to Stop Scapegoating the Mentally Ill for Gun Violence

Alex Knepper | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Alex Knepper

While President Barack Obama and the National Rifle Association have very real philosophical differences regarding gun ownership, they agree on at lea...

The Rising Threat of Childhood Obesity

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Lynn R. Goldman

As the mother of a high school student, I know how hard it can be to get teenagers to reach for wholesome snacks instead of junk food. Yet I also believe that judicious government interventions can tweak our environment in ways that make it easier to eat healthier food and get out and move.

D.C. Rolls Out New HIV Test That Could Increase Chance of Cure

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
John-Manuel Andriote

To be functionally cured means that after a few years of treatment, someone could theoretically stop their medication. Although HIV would still be found in the DNA of their cells, it would not reproduce, circulate in the blood and bodily fluids, and destroy the immune system.