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Watch Your Step: There Might Be a Needle on the Sidewalk

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 09.26.2012 | Miami
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Given the state's current political climate, it's unlikely Florida will change its drug paraphernalia laws any time soon, which means the residents of inner city Miami will need to continue to watch their step.

Should Junk Food Companies Be Sponsoring The Olympics?

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 09.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

How ironic! The global event that showcases the fittest people on the planet is bankrolled -- to the tune of about $4 billion -- by companies whose foods undermine our health.

Big Pharma: Take it Back -- Protect Our Water and Health

Larry_Cohen | Posted 09.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Larry_Cohen

Safe collection and disposal policies keep medications out of landfills, groundwater and drinking water, and reduce risks of poisoning, suicide, and antibiotic resistance.

What a Difference a Decade Makes

Michel Sidibé | Posted 09.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Michel Sidibé

For the first time in many years, a new message is on the lips of the people on the frontlines -- together, we will end AIDS.

HIV/AIDS and the Public Health Crisis in Our Communities: The Time for Action Is Now

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 09.22.2012 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

After all, the HIV virus knows the value of bottom-up, systemic action. Whether it's affecting our bodies or our global public health agenda, each cellular community can be a part of the problem -- or a vital part of the solution.

Plain English About Ounces, Pounds, Dollars and Sense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.19.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The way we respond to obesity and related chronic disease in the U.S. is like waiting to send every adult to night school to learn English -- painfully, poorly, expensively, and late -- rather than having them grow up speaking fluently all along.

Health, By The Seat Of Our Pants

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.15.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If just standing more and sitting less can add years to life and life to years, then we owe a lot of ill health to the seats of our pants. The solution is for us each to incorporate strategies into our daily routines that allow us to get up and move about -- at least a little, at least intermittently.

Mindful Eating vs. Obesity

Amy Spies | Posted 07.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Spies

You fold a tiny raisin into your hand, perhaps thinking about the journey it made to reach you, farmers planting seeds, nature providing water. You squeeze the creases of the aged, dried grape, maybe feeling the wrinkles as the hands that picked the ripened fruit had done.

Zach Carter

Obama's Global Health Policy Undercuts Reform At Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A few hours after the Supreme Court upheld his signature health care legislation last week, President Barack Obama approached a White Ho...

Growing Up Injury-Free in the 21st Century

Larry_Cohen | Posted 08.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Larry_Cohen

Earlier this month, the European Safety Alliance released Child Safety Report Cards for 31 countries -- and here in the U.S., we would do well to learn from this far-reaching, comprehensive thinking.

Weighing in on Sugary Beverages and Obesity

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 06.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Significantly reducing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is a key component in solving America's obesity crisis.

The Body Politic

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.25.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The best defenses of the human body reside largely, and often inextricably, with the body politic. Public health is for the public -- and is best advanced by the collective efforts of the public.

Move It or Lose It: The Tin Man Effect

Dr. Craig Andrade | Posted 08.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Craig Andrade

I define the Tin Man effect simply with the old expression "Move it or lose it." In this case, the less you move physically, the more you lose in health.

How Many More Mexicans Must Die for America's Drugs?

Ernest Drucker | Posted 08.21.2012 | World
Ernest Drucker

The present surge in homicides in Mexico and the region is yet another tale of America's maintaining our own expensive drug habits at the expense of our neighboring nations' fundamental well being. But the July 1 presidential election in Mexico may be a turning point.

Can You Be Both Selfless AND Selfish?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.19.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I was privileged and honored to deliver the keynote address recently at a local high school graduation. My marching orders were to deliver a generally inspiring exhortation on being selfless and giving back in seven minutes or less.

The Future We Want: Demanding Social Justice and a New Distribution of Opportunity

Michel Sidibé | Posted 08.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Michel Sidibé

If the international community chooses to seize this moment to promote a new distribution of opportunity -- one that empowers people to challenge and overcome injustice -- we can unleash the potential of individuals and society as a whole to live in health, dignity and justice.

The National Prevention Strategy at One: Improving the Health of Individuals, Families and Communities

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 08.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

By committing to including health as a component of policies and programs, these federal agencies are setting an example for all sectors by recognizing how their policies and programs contribute to the nation's health and wellness.

The Importance of Milk: You Can Easily Take It for Granted

Michael Zacka | Posted 08.13.2012 | Business
Michael Zacka

We will see surging demand for milk as emerging middle-class families in China, India, Vietnam, Kenya and elsewhere have the ability to improve their family diets -- and the way these emerging middle-class families will consume milk is different.

Horses and People: Who's Whispering?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.13.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The lore and the legend of the horse whisperer honors a whisper heard, not spoken. That all of us could learn to hear and understand horses better might matter to some more than others. That we might all learn to hear and understand one another better matters to us all.

Obesity vs. Superbugs: Who Wins When the Food System Fails?

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted 08.13.2012 | Food
David Wallinga, M.D.

Between public health epidemics costing the taxpayers tens of billions per year, there really is no winner. Who among us would wish a future for our children where they're crippled by fat or risk death from an ear infection?

Working Women's Bodies Besieged by Environmental Injustice

Michelle Chen | Posted 08.12.2012 | Green
Michelle Chen

Women are a favorite target in the country's most heated political wars. But a much quieter struggle is being waged over women's bodies in their neighborhoods and workplaces, where a minefield of pollutants threaten working mothers.

How A School Curriculum Can Lead To Health Jobs

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.01.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: DENISE TEJADA/Youth Radio A poster hangs on the wall in Karen Seals' classroom at Oakland High School in Oakland, Calif. She is co-dir...

Next Stop: Dyslexia-ville

Donna Fish | Posted 08.11.2012 | Impact
Donna Fish

What's missing in our increasing 'teach to the test' culture are educational programs and creative ways to target kids with different learning styles.

What If We Eradicated All Infectious Disease?

Posted 09.15.2012 | Science

By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 06/11/2012 11:13 AM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries In this weekly series, Life's Little Mysteries provides exper...

Protecting Mothers and Children From HIV: A Call to Action

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 08.11.2012 | Impact
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD

Preventing new HIV infections among children is not only the right thing to do, but also a smart investment -- stretching each dollar we invest to save as many lives as we can, both today and tomorrow. This is a hopeful moment in global health.