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NIH and Superbugs: Placing the Blame Where It Belongs

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick

The emergence of multi-drug-resistant bacteria is a challenge that will be with us for years to come. The solution demands a strategic, thoughtful and collaborative team approach.

Routinizing the Extraordinary

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D.

As long as where you live predicts how long and how well you live -- regardless of how hard you work to get ahead -- new approaches must focus on strategies that have proven to build healthier and stronger communities. This is how we can make every community extraordinary.

City's High Homicide Rate Linked To 'Contagion'

Posted 12.04.2012 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 12/01/2012 12:19 PM EST on LiveScience Murder is contagious and may spread like the flu, new re...

Learn to Use an AED: The Gift of Life

Marie Pasinski, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Marie Pasinski, M.D.

We've all been in public buildings and walked by the signs indicating where automated defibrillators are located. But did you know that they are simple to use and, perhaps more importantly, that they are specifically designed to be used by the general public?

John Celock

Lawmaker Seeks To Ban Perfume

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics

A New Hampshire legislator is breathing new life into a proposal to prohibit state employees from wearing perfume and other fragrances to work. Sta...

World AIDS Day 2012: PEPFAR's Blueprint for an AIDS-Free Generation

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 01.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD

We cannot do it alone, but together we can make an AIDS-free generation a reality. The blueprint is driven by five key principles that are the foundation of PEPFAR's work with partner countries.

From Despair to Hope

Michel Sidibé | Posted 01.29.2013 | Impact
Michel Sidibé

Last week UNAIDS released two reports -- its annual World AIDS Day report "Results" and the bi-annual "Global Report on the AIDS Epidemic." Both reports have one message: The pace of progress is unprecedented.

Crash! Collisions in the Mind's Eye

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.28.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Is it possible that automobile drivers are routinely misjudging motorcycles' distance and speed, and that this misperception is somehow related to the motorcycles' size?

Untangling the 'Healthy Habits' Conundrum

Michael Segal | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Segal

The reason we don't always make healthy choices is simply because it is hard. Even people who are highly motivated and have strong willpower may fail to establish healthy habits in the long term if they don't adopt the right methods.

Lynne Peeples

Further Fracking Fears: Sand May Threaten Health For Drillers, Communities

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.16.2012 | Green

The first time Bill Ferullo saw the white plumes drifting from a natural gas fracking site, he got out of his car to take pictures. "I didn't know ...

Open Letter to the EPA: Top Three Must-Dos in Obama's Second Term

Bill Chameides | Posted 01.16.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

We all know about the fiscal cliff. Imagine there was an environmental cliff. If there was, here are three items that I think the EPA (and Congress) would need to move on.

A Plea to President Obama: Phase Out Pesticides

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 01.15.2013 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Pesticides are by design killers of life. They are biocides. The only real solution of the pesticides problem is their abolition.

In the Shadow of Imminent Open Heart Surgery: My Public Health Mea Culpa

Gary Stein | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Gary Stein

I have been involved in public health since my undergraduate days in the late 1970s, and it was no news to me that diet, exercise and familial patterns can all affect your health. The original study that verified that fact started in 1948 in Framingham, Mass.

Where Cancer Prevention Must Start

Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.

While improvements have been made in the curriculum of American medical schools over the past few decades, cancer prevention is one essential area that is still neglected. The emphasis is on treatment, rather than prevention.

Congress Must Step in to Prevent Another Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 11.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Lynn R. Goldman

Lawmakers will hold the first hearings this week to investigate the deadly outbreak of meningitis in the United States. Those hearings represent a step in the right direction, but Congress must follow up with legislative action -- or run the risk that this outbreak will be followed by others.

Health Lessons From... Horses?!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The predominant efforts of health promotion might reasonably be catalogued in terms of carrots, sticks, and leading people to water -- whether or not we can make them drink it. Which leads, naturally, to horses.

Women for Men Just as Much as They Are for Obama

Lamees El-sadek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lamees El-sadek

The positions President Obama and Governor Romney took on the Women's Amendment is indicative of their social, economic, and political values. Here are facts behind the mandate to inform your vote.

Pounds of Personality

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.02.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Is it possible that the interaction between personality and weight is a two-way street -- that is, that weight gain might also cause a change in personality, a shift toward impulsiveness over time?

Recognizing Mental Health as Public Health

Neal L. Cohen, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Neal L. Cohen, M.D.

While 21st century approaches to public health have increasingly focused on healthy living with diet, exercise, smoking cessation, and access to preventive health care, there is a growing evidence base to incorporate mental health into our nation's public health agenda.

Beyond Recycling: On the Road to Zero Waste

Beverly Bell | Posted 12.31.2012 | Green
Beverly Bell

Practicing zero waste means moving toward a world in which all materials are used to their utmost potential, in a system that simultaneously prioritizes the needs of workers, communities, and the environment. It is ambitious, but it is not impossible.

Enlisting Technology to Fight Obesity

Michael Segal | Posted 12.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Segal

There is no single silver bullet in fighting obesity. Government legislation, corporate responsibility, education and personal responsibility, combined with web and mobile services, can all help people eat healthy and fight obesity.

Making Prevention a Priority

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 12.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Kathy Ko Chin

Preventing obesity-associated chronic diseases and improving our nation's public health requires policy, systems and environmental change. Where we live, eat, sleep, work, learn, and play all impact our health.

Chewing On The Future of Food

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.26.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Our cultural attitudes about the use of our feet and our forks are ill-advised, but not crazy; they always made sense before. For most of human history, calories were relatively scarce and physical activity was unavoidable. Our prevailing inclinations are well-suited to that scenario.

The Last Well Child

Lawrence Rosen, M.D. | Posted 12.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Rosen, M.D.

The debate rages as to why more children are diagnosed with chronic health conditions. Better diagnosing? More ill kids due to environmental factors? Both? While I do not agree we are "better" at diagnosing, I do think we are better at labeling. There's a subtle difference.

Here I Am: Campaign Ambassador for the Global Fund, Thoko Phiri

Lucy Chesire | Posted 12.25.2012 | Impact
Lucy Chesire

Here I Am Campaign Ambassadors are people from the grassroots who are directly affected or infected by AIDS, TB or malaria. Thoko Phiri leads Malawi Towards the three zeros: Zero new HIV infections, zero HIV related deaths and zero stigma and discrimination.