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Holder Outlines Plan To Address 'Urgent Public Health Crisis'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder promised Monday to address the recent rise in heroin overdoses with enhanced enforcement and treatment initiatives in his...

FDR's Lessons for the Global Fight Against Polio

Ziad Haider | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Ziad Haider

FDR provides a powerful reference point to measure the dramatically reduced reach of polio today. During his lifetime, the disease coursed far and wide including through the White House. Today it is endemic in just three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria.

Big Soda's Front Group Arrives Early in San Francisco

Michele Simon | Posted 03.05.2014 | Food
Michele Simon

Lawmakers in San Francisco introduced a bill that would tax sugary beverages at two cents per ounce. The estimated $31 million in annual revenue would go to local health programs. It didn't take long for Big Soda to respond in the way it knows best: by setting up a front group.

Childhood Obesity: Have We Turned the Tide?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.28.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The headline in the New York Times, was: "Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43 Percent in a Decade." This, and similarly effusive headlines reverberating throughout the news media, would seem to invite the question: have we, in fact, turned the tide? Is the mission accomplished?

When Health Is Your Business: Pharmacies Must Stop Selling Cigarettes

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 02.24.2014 | Impact
Claire Pomeroy

Every business that is involved in health and health care must now do its part. Time is of the essence; tobacco is an epidemic that must be stopped.

Genetic Testing Needs a Nudge

Dov Fox | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Dov Fox

This innovative approach to the management of genetic health information better balances the goals of patient health and consumer freedom. Genetic testing is the next frontier of personalized medicine. But it needs a nudge.

Way Too Many Americans Go To Work While Sick: Survey

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Business

Worried about lost wages, a backlog of work or punishment from the boss, more than one in four American workers recently surveyed said they show up to...

The Other NRA: National Restaurant Association Eviscerates the Rights of Customers, Workers, and Children

Michele Simon | Posted 02.20.2014 | Business
Michele Simon

Food movement leaders tend to stick to their specific issues, whether it's advocating for healthy food, fighting for workers' rights or curbing marketing to children. There is one organization that conveniently provides us with one giant target for all of them: the National Restaurant Association.

Three Surprising Hazards of Worksite Wellness Programs

Leah Binder | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

Bad wellness programs send the message that your boss thinks you're an idiot. This typically isn't a good strategy for improving morale, though it does improve motivation to update your resume.

Can a Hat Trick Reverse Obesity?

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 02.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

For decades the medical profession has recommended that we reduce our fat intake. We have. We lowered our fat intake from 40 percent to 30 percent of total calories. Why then have obesity, and the diabetes that often accompanies it, become so prevalent?

CVS Shows That Responsibility for Health Sits on Many Shelves

Linda P. Fried | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda P. Fried

CVS's decision, which will take effect nationwide in October, is an admirable one, precipitated by the changing role of drugstores: from convenience stores to health care providers that increasingly offer flu shots and treat minor health care needs in walk-in clinics.

To See By Common Light

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a scientist, always striving to see outside the tunnel, to apply the proper blend of skepticism and open-mindedness, that I write today to recommend a work of fiction as a source of surprising light.

Antibiotic Research and Development in the Age of Superbugs (Part 2)

Tim Fothergill, Ph.D. | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim Fothergill, Ph.D.

Certainly more weapons in the form of antibiotics will be needed. At the same time, perhaps greater efforts should be made in diplomacy by taking advantage of our knowledge of the human microbiome, that has evolved to have as much interest in our continued survival as we do.

Dr. Brundtland's Impact on Global Health; We Must Stay the Course

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Dr. Derek Yach

I recently co-authored a piece in the journal Public Health about my esteemed colleague, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Director-General of the Wor...

The Challenge of Public Health for Mayor de Blasio

Linda P. Fried | Posted 04.13.2014 | New York
Linda P. Fried

Mayor Bill de Blasio's overwhelming election victory emerged from a platform focused on income inequality and A Tale of Two Cities, but income is not the only disparity that deserves attention. It is also an indicator of the greatest challenge affecting public health in New York and nationally.

Antibiotic Research and Development in the Age of Superbugs (Part 1)

Tim Fothergill, Ph.D. | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim Fothergill, Ph.D.

The scale of what we stumbled into has since become increasingly apparent. Bacteria have been engaged in a microscopic chemical war for a lot longer than we have been walking the Earth.

Dr. Vivek Murthy Should Be Our Next Surgeon General

Dr. Georges C. Benjamin | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Dr. Georges C. Benjamin

Our nation is plagued by not getting the value we deserve for our health care dollar and we are far too dependent on sick care over prevention and wellness. We as a nation can do better, and I would strongly argue that we should strive to be the healthiest nation.

Bringing the ADHD Debate Into Sharper Focus: Part 2 -- A Matter of Public Health

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Understanding and awareness is the key to successful management of ADHD, and to improving the public health impact of a chronic condition when it is not identified and treated. It starts by getting out of the muddy river of denial.

The Health Care Doctors Forgot: Why Ordinary Food Will Be the New Medicine of the Future

T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. | Posted 04.05.2014 | Healthy Living
T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.

Medical schools almost completely ignore the topic. Biomedical funding agencies mostly give it a pass, at best dedicating only a small percentage of their funding for nutrition research. The public therefore must fend for itself when trying to understand which nutrition information is correct and which is not.

Fukushima: Why It Matters and Why We Don't Need to Panic

Jacob Devaney | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Jacob Devaney

Panic is rarely ever a good idea because it closes down the brain with fear, can cripple creative responses, and generally causes people to not think ...

Tonight's State of the Union Should Also Offer Economic Opportunity for People With Drug Law Felonies

Alexsandra Smith | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Alexsandra Smith

As it stands today, felony drug offenders face significant obstacles to joining the economy.

Should I Drink Potentially Toxic Water? WV Gov. Says, "It's Your Decision"

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 01.28.2014 | Green
Jeanne Rizzo

Saying "it's your decision" is abdicating government's responsibility to protect us. It's declaring that the chemical industry is in charge, that our only chance for protection is for each and every one of us to become toxicologists and assess risk in our tap water, in the beauty aisle, at the supermarket.

The IDF Takes New Steps to Stop Diabetes

Riva Greenberg | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Riva Greenberg

Last month I attended the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) World Congress in Melbourne. This was the largest diabetes conference ever held in Australia -- with over 10,000 clinicians, researchers, industry representatives and patients from 140 countries. I felt a change in the air.

This Is The Single Biggest Threat To Health And Happiness

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

As the World Economic Forum opens this year's session in Davos, Switzerland -- bringing together world leaders to discuss the state of the global econ...

Smoking Gun: 50th Anniversary of Tobacco-Cancer Connection

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

As Phillip Morris said in their Virginia Slims ad, attempting to attract female smokers by tapping into the women's liberation movement, "You've come a long way, baby." But the truth is tobacco remains a formidable problem, baby.