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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.

President Obama and Gov. Romney: What Will You Do About Superbugs?

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Kolleen Bouchane

Amongst the bayonets and bravado, there was no discussion about how either candidate would use the office of the president to address the top global health challenges. Neglecting to head off threats from superbugs now will lead to calamitous consequences later.

Fracking: Abundant Energy, But at What Cost?

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 12.24.2012 | College
Lynn R. Goldman

Along with the promise of economic benefits and a healthier planet comes the worry that the exponential growth in the industry is spawning troubling health risks in communities near fracking operations.

Death vs. Taxes: Does One Delay the Other?

Steve Heilig | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Steve Heilig

We're told death and taxes are unavoidable; is it ironic that by not having enough of the latter we get more of the former?

Portion Sizes in the U.S. Continue to Increase: Time for Action

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

As my colleague and I illustrate in our recent paper, the trend toward larger portions coincides with the availability of calories in the U.S. food supply and the rising prevalence of overweight and obesity. So what can we do about this continued trend toward larger portions?

Fighting Climate Change and Air Pollution With One Swat

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.16.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

You may hear it called black carbon or even elemental carbon. Scientists getting technical will call it the "light-absorbing part of particles suspended in the atmosphere." Let's just keep it simple and call it soot.

New Traffic Light Food Labels: Much-Needed Intervention or Nanny State Interference?

Charlotte Hilton Andersen | Posted 12.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Charlotte Hilton Andersen

Mark Bittman, a writer for the New York Times, is proposing a new way to label foods so that all consumers need to do is take a quick glance at the package to make an informed decision about their health.

Did Obamacare Help or Harm the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation in Tennessee?

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 12.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

As infectious disease doctors, we routinely care for patients with meningitis, but never have we treated a case of aspergillus meningitis, the type of fungal infection that has caused more than a dozen deaths and sickened nearly 200 people in Tennessee and other states.

Health Care Reform: How It Benefits Women

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 10.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Historically, women have experienced discrimination in terms of their health despite making 80 percent of health care decisions for their families, using more medical services than men, and suffering greater disability from chronic disease.

Attacking an Epidemic From All Sides: One City's Success Story

Yael Lehmann | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Yael Lehmann

Too often when we talk about this nation's obesity crisis, we talk about it as an overwhelming, seemingly unsolvable problem. With 1 in 3 American children overweight or obese, the issue is an urgent one, but as one American city is showing us, a solution is possible.

The Chemical Marketplace: Popcorn Lung -- The Perils of Microwave Popcorn Return

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.05.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

Last month a jury in Colorado awarded 59-year-old Wayne Watson $7.2 million from three companies for damages caused by microwave popcorn. The reason? In 2007 Mr. Watson contracted a rare but serious lung disease.

Sowing Smaller Government, Reaping... Salmonella?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.04.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

"Smaller government" makes a swell sound bite, because it sounds like standing up against waste, inefficiency, and the quagmire of bureaucracy. But in the course of political harangues where sound bites prevail, it's often hard to tell exactly who is apt to get bitten.

Here I Am -- An Activist's Story

Lucy Chesire | Posted 12.04.2012 | Impact
Lucy Chesire

As a TB-HIV advocate from Kenya who has actively supported the Global Fund for a number of years, I find people are always shocked to discover both how far we have come and how far we have to go.

Pittsburgh's New Green Renaissance

Jeremy Hays | Posted 12.01.2012 | Business
Jeremy Hays

The city of Pittsburgh, at one time, was so choked by coal pollution that Boston writer James Parton dubbed it "hell with the lid off." A series of vintage photos recently published in The Atlantic show city streets so dim with smog that you'd think a massive fire was smoldering nearby.

Here I Am -- Story of the Day

Lucy Chesire | Posted 11.26.2012 | Impact
Lucy Chesire

Today's video testimonial comes from one of the Here I Am Campaign Ambassadors, Maurine Murenga.

Let's Ask the Right Questions about Organics and Health

Karen Levy | Posted 11.26.2012 | Food
Karen Levy

As a public health scientist and as a public citizen, and I have come to the conclusion that for the health of our families, the health of the environment, and the health of the people who work to put food on our dinner tables, we should stick with organic.

Republican Coal Bill: Just Another Attack on Public Health Protections

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 11.25.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

In a new package of bills, House leadership is taking aim at a staggering array of basic laws would weaken the Clean Air Act and eviscerate the protections of the Clean Water Act.

The Truth About Health Care Costs

Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. | Posted 11.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.

Whether we are Democrats or Republicans, all Americans can agree that our health care costs are unsustainable -- and the sooner we acknowledge that, the better. A new report from the Institute of Medicine reveals the truth about the way our health care dollars are spent.

The Imperfections of Public Health Progress

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.24.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Feet, forks, and fingers could reshape our personal medical destinies, and modern public health, dramatically, for the better. We have known this for decades. So why doesn't it happen?

Here I Am -- Bringing the Voice of the People to World Leaders

Lucy Chesire | Posted 11.24.2012 | Impact
Lucy Chesire

Ten years ago, tackling HIV, tuberculosis and malaria seemed an almost impossible task. Today we can see the beginning of the end of these three killer diseases.

How The Obesity Focus Hurts the Health Movement

Andy Bellatti | Posted 11.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

The "war on obesity" is in desperate need of reframing and reconceptualization if it hopes to progress and fix some gargantuan wrongs.