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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.

Obesity: America's Next Great National Security Threat?

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

While obesity is traditionally considered a public health and medical issue, the rapid increase in the national prevalence of obesity and overweight is affecting America's ability to defend itself militarily and perform competitively in business.

The Real Barriers To Changing Our Soda Habit

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.07.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We can make health a prevailing cultural meme by replacing our unconscious adaptations with conscious choices. It's true, we are adapted to like sweet. But we are also adapted to be terrestrial -- yet can learn to swim, and to hold our breath under water.

New York City to Add Soft Drinks to List of Health Hazards

Michele Simon | Posted 08.05.2012 | Food
Michele Simon

Banning trans fats was fine, but don't take away my right to guzzle a gallon of Coke, is the lazy reaction of some pundits. But let's take a more rational look at what New York is proposing.

Behind Super-Sized Sodas, a Deeper Danger

Sam Pizzigati | Posted 08.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Sam Pizzigati

If we want to get serious about fighting obesity, public health researchers would like us to understand, we need to look at the social dynamics that drive our bad health behaviors. And the most powerful driver of that unhealthy behavior? That would be inequality.

Why New York City Should Ban Supersize Sugary Beverages

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

Given the health consequences and enormous cost of our country's obesity epidemic, it is time to return eating less. And banning the large sizes of unhealthy sugar-sweetened beverages is a good place to begin.

OC 87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 08.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Bud Clayman, the subject of a new movie about thriving with and despite mental illness, has given us a message of hope. But for those that look beyond Bud and his family, we are left with the inescapable task of making what was possible for him possible for everyone so afflicted.

Veterans Treatment Courts: Providing Our Nation's Heroes the Support They Have Earned

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
R. Gil Kerlikowske

There is no better example of a viable alternative to incarceration than Veterans Treatment Courts, which exemplify the Administration's balanced, 21st century approach to drug policy.

Bloomberg's Soda Ban: Soda Today, Schmeers Tomorrow?

AP | ADAM GELLER | Posted 08.01.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — Just how far would a government go to protect us from ourselves? In New York City – which already bans smoking in public parks...

Why Are Twinkies Cheaper Than Carrots?

John Robbins | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
John Robbins

If you want to eat healthfully, you have to fight an uphill battle. Why are government subsidies pushing in the wrong direction?

Zach Carter

Obama's Trade Position Panned By U.N. For Protecting High Drug Prices

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two major United Nations organizations warned world leaders on Thursday to avoid restrictive free trade agreements that may threaten pub...

Unjunking Ourselves!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We are, no doubt, all familiar with the expression "you are what you eat," but given how most of us eat, it's quite clear we don't take it very seriously.

How One Social Experiment Helped 15,000 People Lose 250,000 Pounds

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 07.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Acute disease can be left to the hospitals, but creating health and healing of chronic disease seems to happen best in the community -- with people helping people where each one of us lives, where we eat, cook, learn, work, play and pray.

Safety First, Yet the Facts Hurt: How Injury Prevention Can Save Lives

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 07.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

If we're going to lower the number of injuries in America, we need to redouble efforts. We need to adopt, implement and enforce evidence-based approaches, and increase public awareness of ways we can all keep ourselves and our families safer.

Overcoming Stigma and Improving Mental Health in America

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

This May marks the 63rd anniversary of Mental Health Month, but the problem of mental illness requires greater attention as a major 21st-century public health challenge.

Gun Deaths Exceed Motor Vehicle Deaths in 10 States

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Each day, how many motor vehicles do you see or actually use? You probably couldn't keep track. Now, how about guns. How many do you see or actually use during the same period? For most people, not that many. If any at all. And yet, in 10 states gun deaths actually outpace motor vehicle deaths.

Irresponsible Care: National Children's Study Faces changes That May Put Children's Health at Greater Risk

Nancy Chuda | Posted 07.21.2012 | Green
Nancy Chuda

Public health advocates have long pushed for stronger standards on flame retardants, and, in particular, those containing polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PDBEs), citing studies that suggest they cause harmful health effects -- especially in children.

Access to Technology Saves Lives

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 07.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Kolleen Bouchane

More people die from TB today than ever before -- 1.4 million people each year, according to the World Health Organization. Part of the reason is that TB is still diagnosed in most parts of the world using a method invented in the late 19th century.

Health Happens in the Workplace: Employee Wellness Program to Improve Lives and Save Money

Robert Ross | Posted 07.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Ross

We know health happens in the workplace, and there is plenty of research now telling us that savings happen with prevention.

The Weight of the Nation

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 05.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

We now must act boldly to combat the obesity epidemic. There are many opportunities across the lifespan, but it will require a shift in social norms and an unprecedented social movement for obesity prevention.

Giving Mothers a Very Special Gift

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 07.12.2012 | Impact
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD

What is the greatest gift we can give a mother this Mother's Day? There are many answers, but one is a healthy life for her and her child. This Mother's Day, let's sharpen our resolve to ensure mothers everywhere have children who are born HIV-free.

People Are Dying of Drug Overdoses, Despite Lifesaving Medications

Erin L. Winstanley, Ph.D. | Posted 07.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Erin L. Winstanley, Ph.D.

We have waged a war against drugs instead of formulating a science-based response to a public health epidemic for which a life-saving medication is available.