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Public Health

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.

Mind-Boggling Nutrition Guidance? You Betcha'!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.11.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The National Consumers League, claiming to represent consumers' interests, issued a press release this week announcing they had submitted a complaint to the FDA, asking the agency to banish NuVal from the nation's supermarkets.

It is Wrong to Ransom College Affordability with Preventive Health Funds

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Leslie Gerwin

Failing to support public health weakens our nation's security. It is ironic that given limited funds and competing needs, Republican budget proposals cut human services and increase defense spending.

Make Every Day Mother's Day

Michel Sidibé | Posted 07.09.2012 | Impact
Michel Sidibé

There are three simple things we can all do to ensure babies everywhere can be born free from HIV. Together we can go from 390,000 children becoming infected with HIV each year to zero.

Healthy Roads, Healthy Schools: A Look Into the Effects of Transportation Infrastructure

Christopher Cordingley | Posted 07.09.2012 | College
Christopher Cordingley

This study examines the correlation between development of public transportation, increased access to health care, decreased absenteeism, increased secondary graduation rates, and increased workforce health and productivity.

Nutrition: Where Health Meets The Real World

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

When it comes to nutrition and the monumental influence it has on our health, the rubber hits the road wherever people and food come together. Kitchens and cafeterias. Schools and workplaces. Supermarkets and restaurants.

Taking Stock and Saving Lives: How an m-Health Initiative Is Revolutionizing Health Care in Uganda

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 07.08.2012 | Impact
Stephanie Rudat

Until recently, most health clinics in Uganda, and indeed across the continent of Africa, transmitted all of their data manually. The journey of a paper record from doctor's pad to the Ministry of Health in Kampala was treacherous at best.

Clean, Sustainable Energy vs. Fracking Colorado

Michele Swenson | Posted 07.08.2012 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Clearly when it comes to environmental protection, public health and sustainable energy, it requires a groundswell of action by the people.

Why Nurses Are the Unsung Heroes of Global Health

Sheila Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN | Posted 11.20.2012 | Impact
Sheila Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN

Although our founding mother of modern nursing would be impressed with the health technology of today, I am sure she would be sorely disappointed by the ongoing invisibility of nurses, which she fought so hard to overcome during her lifetime.

Giving Power to Couples to End the AIDS Epidemic

Michel Sidibé | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Michel Sidibé

For the AIDS response, couples' testing and counselling should be one more turning point to expand options to strengthen the impact of HIV prevention and treatment.

Public Policy and Obesity

Lora Rosenblum | Posted 07.07.2012 | College
Lora Rosenblum

What was it that calorie labeling had that the soda tax did not -- or vice versa -- and more generally, what does this say about the current opportunity for obesity related legislation?

Lucia Graves

Anti-Monsanto Activist Received Anonymous Death Threats

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.03.2012 | Green

For 13 years Sofia Gatica has organized opposition to the aerial spraying of agrochemicals that threaten human health and the environment in Argentina...

We Should Be Ashamed: Why the U.S. Has a High Infant Death Rate

Deborah Klein Walker | Posted 07.03.2012 | Impact
Deborah Klein Walker

Thirty developed countries, all of which spend much less on health care than the United States, have lower infant mortality rates than we do. And the disparity within our nation is alarming.