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Theatre Brings New Perspective to Global Health Issues

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 04.17.2013 | Impact
Bruce E. Whitacre

Global Health and the Arts demonstrates how crucial a theatre can be in addressing complex technical and social issues, especially when they intertwine.

Should Your Zip Code Determine How Long You Live?

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 04.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gail Christopher

Here in the United States, a zip code can tell us a lot about how well and how long you'll live. So can census tracts. Most people are stunned to hear the differences.

Obama Points to Minneapolis as a Model for Reducing Youth Violence

Larry_Cohen | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Larry_Cohen

The experience in Minneapolis, as in Los Angeles -- where a similar comprehensive approach has slashed gang-related homicides by 35 percent -- shows that progress can be made even in the absence of gun controls.

The Case For Prevention: Saving More Dollars By Making More Sense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If we got down to the bedrock of true prevention -- lifestyle as preventive medicine -- we could add years to life, add life to years, and save a whole lot of money by putting to use the science and sense long at our disposal.

With His Fracking Decision Looming, Gov. Cuomo's Political Future Hangs in the Balance

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 04.08.2013 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

If the administration thinks it can bite the bullet -- allow drilling, take the short-term political hit and move on -- it's got another thing coming. Any decision to allow drilling in New York will have grave and long-term political consequences.

When Patients Do Nothing: Illness and Inertia

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.08.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

One of the most daunting public health challenges is getting people to take care of themselves in the most basic ways.

Wellness in a Complex World

Monica O. Weinberg, MD | Posted 04.08.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Monica O. Weinberg, MD

Why is it so difficult to incorporate healthy lifestyle choices into the way we live? Although many of us know what the right choices are with regards to diet and exercise, many people find it challenging to adhere to healthier behaviors.

Cautious Optimism for Approval of New Medical Marijuana Conditions

Michael Komorn | Posted 04.07.2013 | Detroit
Michael Komorn

One of the most important parts of the MMMA is empowering residents to petition and garner support to add new conditions to the registry. Considering new conditions like Parkinson's and is a major step for advancing medical marihuana in Michigan.

This Is Our Parenting Moment: Sensible Limits on Guns

Sheela Raja, PhD | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Sheela Raja, PhD

In recent decades, public health and safety legislation is full of examples of children who deeply touched us and became household names -- the perfect storm where statistics and a human face came together to push us toward change.

Own a Gun, Carry Insurance

Jonathan Diamond | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Diamond

There have been objections raised that an insurance plan might open legitimate gun owners to intrusive checks by the authorities, but the police don't have random checks for auto insurance. The question only arises when there is a triggering event.

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.

The Truth About the Global Cancer Burden

John R. Seffrin | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
John R. Seffrin

Of all of the myths about cancer, I believe one of the most harmful misconceptions today is that cancer is a disease exclusive to wealthy, or developed, countries such as the United States.

Why Our Health Depends on Treating Animals Better

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Regardless of whether or not this controversial research continues, you can bet one thing: Our risk for a deadly form of the "bird flu" virus and other pathogens remain high as long as we don't improve our treatment of animals.

Prevention Does the Body (and America's Wallet) Good

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

Prevention delivers real value as a cost-effective way to keep Americans healthy and improve their quality of life. Everyone wins when we prevent disease rather than treating people after they get sick.

The Super Bowl Halftime Show Should Not Be Promoting a Public Health Threat

Kristin Van Busum | Posted 04.03.2013 | Food
Kristin Van Busum

Today's public does not recognize the public health danger associated with sugar-sweetened soda. But with the advance of public awareness, it's possible that images of Beyoncé with the Pepsi logo painted on her lips might be reserved for history books.

Why Should We Care About Diabetes?

Michael Segal | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Segal

Diabetes is hurting people both at the personal and the national levels. The best way to fight Type 2 diabetes is to avoid it in the first place. Developing healthy nutrition and physical activity habits are critical factors in avoiding diabetes.

All the Wrong Questions

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

If "the people" does not, and cannot, mean all people, and if the Founders did not further specify which people -- then that is a question we are obligated to ask and answer. Which people? And, similarly, what arms?

Time to Put Children and Youth at the Top of the Agenda

Deborah Klein Walker | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Deborah Klein Walker

The nation has gone too long without a real commitment to the health and welfare of children and youth. Too many children live in poverty or suffer from lack of access to regular health care, dental care or mental health services.

Stop Typecasting Overweight Kids

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 03.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

The Duke Healthy Lifestyle program includes talking to children -- mostly adolescents -- and their families about healthy eating, and providing them with a fitness routine at a local gym. A program for the entire family to do together.

The Global Supply Chain: Our Economy, Security and Health Depends on It

Stanley M. Bergman | Posted 03.29.2013 | Business
Stanley M. Bergman

The world's supply chain forms the backbone of our global economy, security and health, and the risks it faces are many. What to do? We cannot plan for precisely how or when, but we can plan for the fact that disruptions will strike.

Bearing With Coke: Soft Drinks, Hard Choices

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.28.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I share my colleagues' visceral opposition to everything Coke. But I think we may be letting our abdominal viscera get the better of vital organs situated higher up.

Protecting Our Military, Protecting Us: An Earnest Plea to Change Our National Perceptions About Mental Illness

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick

These days, we talk incessantly about living well and achieving life balance, yet we wear masks to hide our pain. No matter who you are, true wellness can never be achieved behind these and without facing our pain and stressors.

Why Downplaying the Obesity Epidemic, Even in a Single Story, is Hazardous to Public Health

Becky Hand | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Becky Hand

The headlines this time of year usually tell us how to shed pounds fast and get healthy with a pill, a gadget, or a procedure. This year, however, the message has been slightly different.

Aid Groups Fight Anti-Prostitution 'Oath' on Free Speech Grounds

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.22.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

For the global fight against HIV/AIDS, the struggle continues to keep Washington's sexual politics from blocking any health workers' mission to uphold the only pledge that matters: their commitment to healing their communities.

Yes, People Do Die From The Flu Every Year

Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.20.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

The current flu season already has claimed the lives of 29 children, the CDC said Friday. The flu was associated with 829 children's deaths between 2004 and last year, CNN reported in October.