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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.

STDs: Don't Put Your Sexual Health in Jeopardy

Deborah Arrindell | Posted 06.01.2013 | Impact
Deborah Arrindell

Trichomoniasis, or "Trich," is the most common, curable STD in the United States, yet a recent survey by the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) found that only one in five women are familiar with it.

Racism Passes Health Risk Down Generations

Jason Silverstein | Posted 05.27.2013 | Black Voices
Jason Silverstein

We're probably aware of genetic traits and social habits -- desirable and undesirable -- that we've inherited from our parents. And we probably agree that racism is often taught by parents and learned by children. But how does health risk from racism pass down generations?

Our Comfortable Affliction

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The heroes of our flavor-of-the-day news cycles are not those who prove to be right or actually know what they are talking about. The heroes on any given day are the iconoclasts, conspiracy theorists, and -- just plain wing nuts. Affliction is the plat du jour, and these -- its master chefs.

Can Our Beliefs About Exercise Make Us Fat?

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.22.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

University of Michigan psychologist Brent McFerran has come to believe that our naïve theories of weight control are not entirely harmless, and indeed that they could undermine our own efforts to achieve a healthy weight.

And Many Happy Returns: The Affordable Care Act Turns Three

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey Levi

As the Affordable Care Act continues to benefit the country, in another year, we'll have an abundance of stories to share of communities turning their health around by focusing on preventing illness and thereby creating happy, healthy and thriving neighborhoods.

John Celock

Kansas 'Zombie Legislation' Strikes Nerve

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

A Kansas bill would repeal the state's 1988 ban on quarantining individuals with HIV and AIDS as part of broader changes to its public health practice...

Why Everyone Should Be Angry About Factory Farming

Anjali Sareen | Posted 05.19.2013 | Green
Anjali Sareen

With our food system the way it currently is, there are many reasons to be angry about industrialized animal agriculture. Check out the slideshow to get informed about the issues surrounding factory farming and learn how to get involved.

A Tale of Two NGOs: In Haiti, Disaster Aid or Aid Disaster?

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.18.2013 | Books
Beverly Bell

Anthropologist Mark Schuller's new book Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs examines why abundant foreign aid dollars and agencies have not improved the socio-economic status or security of Haiti's people.

Qatar's Cultural Crisis: Wealth, Health, Wisdom, and Opportunity

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Qatar is the richest country in the world. As such, it provides a vivid demonstration that money can't buy you health any more than it can buy you love. The converse, in fact, appears to be true: The wealth of Qatar is being purchased at the cost of its people's health.

Sequester Dirties the Air

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

The average American may not be aware of how these sequester cuts will impact the air that they breathe. Perhaps, most surprising to them, would be how the affected programs that reduce air pollution will shape the state of national health for everyone.

The Promise of a Plant in the Fight Against Malaria

Crystal Wells | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Dora Joseph, 31, is raising four children in a tin-roofed, two-room house nestled in the remote green hills of northwestern Tanzania. Her eyes are tired and dampened with worry.

How the View From Apartment Windows Affects Your Health and Well-being

Marielle Anzelone | Posted 05.12.2013 | Green
Marielle Anzelone

As much as my sons delight in the tree, sometimes I daydream about less bedraggled alternatives. Instead of accidental, what if our view had been planned and purposeful? In its place could be something more pleasing. Imagine the space of a single street tree transformed into a small-scale woodland.

Fruits, Nuts, and Friends Like These

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The statement that fructose is toxic is, simply, false. Fruit contains fructose. Honey, which has been part of the human diet since the Stone Age, contains more fructose than glucose. Saying that fructose is toxic but fruit is not is like saying that democracy is evil, but the United States is fine.

Crunch-Time Rules for Parenting and Eating

Christina Loccke | Posted 05.13.2013 | Parents
Christina Loccke

As a food writer, I follow trends in healthful eating; as a parent, I know when I shouldn't indulge my children's whims. Still, when I read the results of a new poll on eating and exercising, I saw myself in nearly every rule that was guaranteed to backfire.

We Are Not Safe From Bird Flu as Long as Factory Farms Exist

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

In spite of our current low risk, it is just a matter of time before H5N1, H7N3 or another influenza strain evolves into a dangerous form that results in a pandemic. And the events in Mexico and Cambodia beg the question: Are we ever going to be safe from bird flu?

The 'Skinny' on Children's Health

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Chicago
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

Because we want our students to live healthier and longer, Chicago is investing heavily in our young people, including the launch of the new Healthy CPS Action Plan. The plan outlines real strategies, some of which our students will start to see immediately.

How Mass Incarceration Threatens Public Health

Jason Silverstein | Posted 05.01.2013 | Crime
Jason Silverstein

We have a problem, you know, and it's only getting worse. It doesn't strike us equally -- it's a problem that mostly affects young men, minorities, and people without high school diplomas.

Another Reminder of Why Changes in Medical Marijuana Policy Can't Wait

Steph Sherer | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Earlier this week, while more than 200 citizen lobbyists were meeting face-to-face with their Congressional legislators in Washington, D.C. to change federal policy on medical cannabis, a series of events occurred in Florida, making that state the next political battleground on this issue.

You Have Cancer; Go to Congress -- The Battle for Safe Access to Medical Marijuana

Steph Sherer | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Most Americans see the battle of medical cannabis from a distance as a ping-pong game of excuses from the federal government to deny patients access to cannabis for therapeutic use. But for millions of Americans, issues surrounding medical cannabis affect their daily lives.

A Message of Appreciation to Healthcare Providers

Brian Boyle | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
Brian Boyle

The power that healthcare providers have is extraordinary. On a daily basis they are not only caring for the health of their patients, but they are also creating reasons to smile, making living conditions suitable and pleasant, and forming connections with their patients who not only need them, but depend on them.