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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 | Home
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.

Guns and Their Violence: a Public Health Issue That Demands Action

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 03.19.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

We've got a ways to go still with smoking and vehicular safety. But let's put the public health cross-hairs now, please, on guns and their accompanying violence. Now is the time for Congress to do its part and pass the legislation that President Obama has asked for.

Obesity Epidemic: What the NYC Soda Ban Is and Isn't

Rajiv Narayan | Posted 03.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Rajiv Narayan

Policies that gain controversy in their engagement with obesity are helpful for making a very public (yet uncomfortably avoided) issue further visible. It's hard to talk about obesity, private or public. Policies like the soda rule can be vehicles for those discussions to take place.

Obama Thaws Freeze On Public Health And Gun Violence Research

Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.18.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

President Barack Obama has ordered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to resume research into the public health implications of firearms v...

Tyranny Hiding in Plain Sight

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Tyranny hides in plain sight, and if we care to fix it at its origins, we need to be talking about money rather than guns. For, after all, we hold this truth to be self-evident: Wealth is power.

Where Are Our Graduate Schools of 'Educational Public Health'?

Elaine Weiss | Posted 03.17.2013 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Perhaps our discussion about education is so limited and inadequate in part because we simply lack the right terms with which to have it. If so, drawing on the field of public health, and lessons derived from it, might help.

And the REAL Award Goes to...

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 03.17.2013 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

It is estimated that every three seconds, a child death is prevented thanks to care provided by a frontline health worker. But many don't have all the support and supplies they need to do their jobs well, and hundreds of thousands more are needed to end preventable deaths.

American Health Is Life Years Away

J. L. Morin | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
J. L. Morin

Would we fall off the edge of the earth if we produced only enough to live healthy, peaceful lives? After the startling results brought to light in a recent health report, many are questioning whether it is better to strive for high corporate growth at the expense of life expectancy.

United States of Obesity: How Are States Battling Bulging Health Costs?

Scott Kahan, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Scott Kahan, M.D.

Efforts aimed at obesity prevention are well underway, but we are still a nation very uncomfortable with paying for services that could help treat the two-thirds of Americans who carry excess weight.

Dodging Bullets

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Let's dispense with tortured logic and contorted arguments. Arguments get mangled when the truth sticks in your craw. One relevant truth is: A lot of people just like big guns. Big guns make people feel powerful. Lots of people like to be able to say: My gun's bigger than your gun!