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5 Things This Election Should Be About, and One to Drop

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

Every election year, the two parties choose the agendas and issues to highlight and ballyhoo. Often it feels as though we citizens have little power to turn the conversation to the issues we want addressed.

Fight Voter Suppression in Orlando

Ellen Bravo | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

After all, no one wants to lose their job or paycheck for being a good parent to a sick child or following doctor's orders when they themselves fall ill. And no one wants to be served flu with their food. So what's a big lobbyist to do?

Please, Don't Diss the Water

Larry_Cohen | Posted 11.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Larry_Cohen

We all deserve water and the more we drink it, the better. It's time to teach our children and ourselves that when it comes to quenching thirst and hydrating the body, nothing beats good old H2O.

Ragging on America?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Politicians love to tell us rags-to-riches stories. Democrats do; Republicans do. Independents probably do, too. Our president has one. So does our first lady. These tales ostensibly emphasize the American dream, and indeed they do -- but what of the generation in rags?

Disease Outbreak Risks Rise As More Private School Students Opt Out Of Vaccines

AP | HANNAH DREIER | Posted 11.09.2012 | Education

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Parents who send their children to private schools in California are much more likely to opt out of immunizations than thei...

Why Are We So Bad At Getting A Good Night's Sleep?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

As a society, we still wear our sleep deprivation, and our ability to function on minimal rest, as a badge of honor. The most important change we could make to turn our collective sleep habits around? We could start taking sleep a whole lot more seriously.

Reactions to Uganda's Health Scare Should Ring True for Americans

Anne Goddard | Posted 11.07.2012 | Impact
Anne Goddard

While we should be able to relate to the fear that Ugandans are experiencing, what is difficult to imagine is confronting a potentially deadly disease with information about it so elusive.

Is Your Water Making You Sick?

Joan B. Rose | Posted 11.05.2012 | Science
Joan B. Rose

Understanding water quality is imperative for our future if we are to make the best decisions and investments in keeping our waters in the U.S. and on this planet clear, clean and safe.

The Basic Care and Feeding of a Social Animal

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

I suspect those who ever lived under the brutal oppression of truly socialistic regimes must find the denigration of a Democratic administration's efforts to preserve some strands in a social safety net as "socialism" objectionable at best, appalling at worst.

Are Sleep Problems The Next Global Health Crisis?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The truth is, we don't know very much about sleep problems on a global level, particularly in developing nations. A new study addressed this gap in research and returned some striking results, estimating that as many as 150 million people worldwide suffer from sleep problems.

Clean Water or Green Water: How We Produce Our Food Is Sliming Our Water

Francesca Koe | Posted 10.30.2012 | Green
Francesca Koe

By supporting farmers who protect water quality, you'll be making a difference in whether we have clean water or slimy green water, from our rivers to our seashores.

Life Saving Cross-State Air Pollution Protections in Jeopardy After Court Ruling

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 10.22.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

We are all disappointed with the court's decision against the EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution protection. It further delays the Clean Air Act's promise of safe, breathable air for our children.

A Letter to Our Newborn Baby

Matthias Krug | Posted 08.22.2012 | Parents
Matthias Krug

There you lie, sleeping peacefully on a bed sheet of roses. A whole day could be filled just looking at you. One of my many favorite moments to do s...

Pro-Life Advocates Should Support Family Planning

Jason Silverstein | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics
Jason Silverstein

Access to family planning, including effective contraception, has been shown to reduce abortions. This isn't complicated. Increasing family planning services reduces the number of unintended pregnancies.

Why Bill Gates Has His Mind In The Toilet

Posted 08.14.2012 | Technology

You might not want to pack a picnic lunch for this summer event. Researchers from China, Switzerland, Britain, the Netherlands, Canada and Californ...

Why "Free Birth Control" Is Not Free

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

Let's call the birth control benefit what it is: Women's hard-earned insurance coverage. It's ours. We earned it. We pay for it. We deserve it.

The Olympics' Mixed Messaging on Health

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Advertising of unhealthy foods using the image of the Olympic Games pairs poor nutrition with an active lifestyle in the eyes of the consumer. For today's youth, this is a misleading message that the international community can ill-afford to convey.

HIV/AIDS: It's Not Just What You Do, It's Where You Live

Dr. Amy Nunn | Posted 09.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Amy Nunn

A mounting body of scientific evidence shows that where you live, your race and your socioeconomic status -- not just behaviors -- strongly correlate with HIV infection.

Can We Engage in Reasoned Discourse on Crucial Health Care Concerns Rather Than Invoking References to a "Nanny State?"

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 09.29.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

It's crucial for our individual health and the health of our society to step away from easy labels and to dig into accurate, factual, scientific data derived from careful, logical research and to see what it means for public policy.

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.