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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.

Prozac in Poultry Is Better Than Penicillin

Michael Greger, M.D. | Posted 07.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Greger, M.D.

While consumers may be more shocked by pink slime or the feeding of Prozac to poultry, the routine feeding of millions of pounds of human antibiotics to chickens presents a much graver threat.

America's Costly Lifestyles

Joe S. Moore | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Joe S. Moore

Our health care system isn't truly a health care system at all. It's a "sick care system" focused on addressing symptoms and treating illness, with little intent on keeping people well in the first place.

Addressing Disparities, Promoting Health Equity and Ending HIV/AIDS

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 06.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

We've come a long way in the battle against HIV/AIDS. However, we must remain vigilant: We cannot ignore the startling statistics of new HIV infections of gay and bisexual men, especially among black and Hispanic men.

Mad Cow California: Stop Feeding Cows Chicken Manure

Michael Greger, M.D. | Posted 06.26.2012 | Food
Michael Greger, M.D.

Cattle remains are still fed to chickens and the poultry litter is fed back to cows. In this way, prions -- the infectious proteins that cause mad cow disease -- may continue to cycle back into cattle feed and complete the cow "cannibalism" circuit blamed for the spread of the disease.

Why Everyone Should Celebrate Jim Yong Kim's Election as President of the World Bank

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 06.25.2012 | World
Leslie Gerwin

This is a moment for Americans to recognize what Dr. Kim's work teaches us -- economic health depends upon healthy people and healthy communities.

Mad Cow California: Stop Weaning Calves on Cattle Blood

Michael Greger, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2012 | Food
Michael Greger, M.D.

Let's hope that the newly reported case of mad cow disease in a California dairy cow will renew interest in closing the loopholes in feed regulations that continue to allow the feeding of slaughterhouse waste, blood and manure to farm animals in the United States.

Let Them Eat Slime

Kelly Dorfman | Posted 06.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Kelly Dorfman

Safe, consciously-raised animals are not too expensive for most of us, but we all have to adjust to the real cost of producing healthy food.

The $2 Trillion Question

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 06.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cindy Haines

Why is it that America is still spending $2 trillion on health care, mostly treating people after they become sick? How can we shift money toward prevention, where each dollar can save us multiple dollars on treatment?

How Society Influences Diabetes Management

Riva Greenberg | Posted 06.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Personally, I will not forget the openness, energy and passion Albright radiated when I met her. It's comforting to know she's advocating for all of us at the CDC.

A New Kind Of Epidemic: FUN!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.21.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Up to a point, we professionals are quite right to note how hard getting to health can be through the obstacle course of the modern day -- for adults and children alike. But there is another story to tell about health, and it is fun. It's all about fun.

A Drug Policy for the 21st Century

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
R. Gil Kerlikowske

Today we are releasing the 2012 National Drug Control Strategy -- the Obama Administration's primary policy blueprint for reducing drug use and its consequences in America. It is based on the premise that drug addiction is a chronic disease of the brain that can be prevented and treated.

Housing As a Pathway to Better Health and More Opportunity

Sandra B. Henriquez | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Sandra B. Henriquez

Ultimately, the Obama administration's rental assistance demonstration is about providing families who need help paying the rent with real choices.

Two for Tuesday: The Latest on Common Pesticide and Coal Ash

Bill Chameides | Posted 06.10.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

A product used not just by farmers but also by lots of us common variety home gardeners and lawn groomers has been linked to a variety of unsavory health effects from cancer (in people) to hormonal disruptions (in animals).

Wanted: Professional Soulmate

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 06.09.2012 | Business
Dr Layla McCay

It turns out that while I was spending my formative years coming up with brilliant ideas to change the world, I should actually have been screening my fellow students for their potential as my future business partners.

Why Are We Getting Fatter?

Judy Farah | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Judy Farah

I live in California: land of a great climate and sunshine. In Sacramento, we have a beautiful 30-mile bike trail along the river where you can cycle, hike, jog or walk. Why was everyone getting fat?