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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.

Still Believe 'A Calorie Is A Calorie'?

Robert Lustig, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Lustig, M.D.

Sugar in excess is a toxin, unrelated to its calories. The dose determines the poison. Like alcohol, a little sugar is fine, but a lot is not. And the food industry has put us way over our limit.

Medical Attention Required: Sequestration and the 'U.S. Health Disadvantage'

Rishi Manchanda | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Rishi Manchanda

A growing body of research now shows that Americans -- rich or poor, minority or not -- suffer from a widening "health disadvantage" when compared to citizens of other high-income countries.

Advancing the Public Health System by Defining the Foundational Capabilities of Public Health

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

With adequate, stable funding that ensures basic foundational capabilities, the nation's chief health strategists can take advantage of several evolving opportunities to turn the nation's sick care system into a true health care system.

Americans Eating Less Fast Food

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported some good news for nutrition activists and others hoping to help Americans eat healthier. A new report found that American adults are consuming fewer calories from fast food than they were several years ago.

John Celock

Dr. Oz Tells Governors To Promote Healthy Lifestyles, Have Enough Sex

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's governors closed their conference here Monday following a call from Dr. Mehmet Oz for them to have more sex. Oz, speaki...

The PRH (Personal Responsibility for Health) Chronicles, Part 5: Science, Sense, and Sandbags

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Epidemic obesity and chronic disease is, like a perfect storm, the product of massive and protean forces. It is an emergency in slow motion, but an emergency just the same. Like any other storm, these threats call for a brisk and well-coordinated crisis response that has yet to materialize fully.

Choosing Wisely, Indeed

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 04.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

Culture shifts with regard to medical practice come slowly, but having this collaborative style effort from thought leaders of reputable organizations underscores both the timeliness and urgency of these recommendations.

Mental Health Care Needs an 'Anytime, Anywhere' Model

Alan Kazdin, Ph.D. | Posted 04.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Alan Kazdin, Ph.D.

Many routine but important medical services today are far more convenient to obtain than they were a generation ago. So how could these types of conveniences transfer to mental health services?

Is the Dietitians' Trade Group in Bed With the Junk Food Industry?

Ocean Robbins | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Ocean Robbins

Could there be any connection between the millions of dollars in sponsorship the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics receives from junk food manufacturers, and a seeming lack of initiative on behalf of the public welfare?

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.