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Stopping Ebola With Public Health Expertise, Not Casual Advice

Linda P. Fried | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Linda P. Fried

The challenge of mobilizing aggressively on the current scale is a daunting one, even without second-guessing from people with no experience in fighting disease. Wasting resources by following casual advice -- even if adamantly spoken and mightily propelled -- would make the tragedy of this disease even greater.

There IS Something You Can Do to Prevent Gun Violence

David C. Bohnett | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
David C. Bohnett

The sad reality is that most gun deaths result from the 300 million guns primarily owned by decent, law-abiding people who assume they are bringing guns into their homes for self protection, and not anticipating a tragic accident.

Diseases and Demagogues

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

It is difficult enough to confront resurgent diseases without an explosion of unhinged conspiracy mongering.

Gay American Men Shockingly Ignorant About HIV/AIDS, Kaiser Study Finds

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

More distressing than the profound lack of knowledge about HIV/AIDS among the 431 adult men who participated in the survey is the fact that it reveals a startling failure -- even an absence -- of HIV education among gay and bisexual men, despite the fact that we account for the nation's highest number of those living with or at risk for HIV.

How Can Science Respond to Ebola Epidemics? Q&A With Dr. Jean Patterson

Donna A. Patterson | Posted 12.10.2014 | Science
Donna A. Patterson

I recently had the chance to speak with Jean L. Patterson, Chair of Virology and Immunology at the Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio. She has conducted extensive research on hemorrhagic fevers (Marburg, Lassa, and Ebola viruses). Dr. Patterson tells us what role she thinks science plays in combating Ebola.

Unscrambling Our Eggs

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The common theme? The risk of crisis portended by warning signs all too often neglected. In the case of wayward biomarkers such as cholesterol, only somebody is harmed by that neglect, although that's small comfort if the somebody is you or anyone you love.

Being Obese Almost As Costly As Not Going To College

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 10.09.2014 | Business

Being overweight has heavy financial implications. Obese 18-year-old men will earn 18 percent less over their a lifetime than those of a normal wei...

Ebola: Another Avoidable Crisis

Robert Walker | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Robert Walker

The immediate task before us is the containment of the Ebola outbreak. For the moment, little else matters. But we still must confront the larger challenge. We must make the repair of public health systems in developing countries a global priority.

1 In 7 of Us Are Carrying the Malaria Parasite

Cameron Conaway | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Cameron Conaway

How do we make malaria fashionable? That's the question malariologists, global health professionals, fundraisers and activists have been asking themselves ever since. Clearly numbers alone do not sway public interest.

How The Discussion Of Ebola Is Spreading Online

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living

The Ebola virus hasn't just crossed international borders. Conversations about the epidemic are spreading fast across the Web. Using data obtained ...

The Ebola Outbreak: Good Medicine Against Public Panic

John P. Howe, III, M.D. | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
John P. Howe, III, M.D.

As a former senior health administrator in Texas, and now as the leader of a major international medical NGO, I know from experience that in the United States and other developed nations, we have the tools, experience and procedures that can halt any Ebola outbreak in its tracks.

Design, Intelligent Or Otherwise, In Real Time

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Now that Ebola is here, it has captured the attention it arguably deserved from us long ago. The latest news is that the patient first diagnosed in the U.S. is in critical condition, and receiving experimental therapy. Lapses in our public health system have been acknowledged, and a scramble to contain the damage, and prevent spread, are playing out as we look on, and worry.

The Game Changing Innovation In The Fight Against Disease And Deadly Outbreaks

Eduardo Jezierski | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Eduardo Jezierski

The impact of the diagnostic platform that is connected to the internet is powerful for the individual wanting to know their health status in a timely manner, but that impact can be just the tip of the iceberg.

Ebola, Malaria and Our Empathy Deficit

Cameron Conaway | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Cameron Conaway

US-based organizations are strapping up and wading through the worst Ebola-stricken areas for the noble sake of ending its devastating impact on humanity. Or is it for the sake of protecting ourselves? Does intent even matter?

Fulfilling the US and India's Extraordinary Promise Through Public Health

Akash Goel | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Akash Goel

Now is a defining moment of leadership between the U.S. and India. Any strategic partnership must include engagements on public health in order to fulfill the extraordinary promise of the world´s two largest democracies.

Blood, Pills, and Black Markets

Donna A. Patterson | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Donna A. Patterson

Recent reports illuminate a growing black market trade in blood from Ebola survivors. Those with the desire and resources are buying blood in hopes of curing current infections or stockpiling for future infections.

Through Ebola's Eyes

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Predictably, this one case diagnosed here in the U.S. has resulted in a media feeding frenzy, rumination, recrimination, and the familiar blend of hyberbole and hysteria that tends to populate those infamous 15 minutes during which any given crisis holds our attention.

Swimming in the Hudson: An Ode to Prevention

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Derek Yach

This is the 21st century. We need to apply our preventive focus to more than assuring we can swim in waters like the Hudson without it being a threat to our lives. We need this river to become a symbol of how we ended drowning and suicides, not a tragic reminder of the failure of prevention.

Can You Catch It From a Caliph? Ebola, ISIS, and the Politics of Contagion

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Two potent forces power the Ebola and ISIS epidemics that the media are ignoring. They're (1) breakdown of governing authority, and (2) dissolution of "social capital" -- ties of trust and cooperation that empower individuals, families, and others to forge coalitions and tackle common problems at the community level.

Tracking Success: Friend or Foe of Progress on Obesity?

Dr. Rafael Perez-Escamilla | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Dr. Rafael Perez-Escamilla

If we're going to make progress on obesity, the approach to tracking success must be collaborative, thoughtful, ongoing and included in the planning process.

It's Time For ShiftCon: The First Eco-Wellness Social Media Conference

Lori Popkewitz Alper | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Lori Popkewitz Alper

Next weekend, hundreds of bloggers and eco-friendly brands will be joining forces at ShiftCon in Los Angeles. This is the first eco-wellness social media conference, born out of the idea that "together we can create a profound impact on the world around us."

Turning to Elders in a Politically Challenged America

Linda P. Fried | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

We need experienced leaders who can plot out a principled, unified direction for our future, articulate objectives that create good for all of us, and draw the nation together in a shared vision. Our elected officials have let us down in this department. We do have one remarkable, untapped resource for such leadership.

Time for a New Business Focus in Medicine

Joshua Liao | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Joshua Liao

Medicine is undergoing a pretty significant makeover, and one of the most fascinating aspects of this transformation is the effort by some groups to r...

Sincere and Sincerely Wrong: Making Children Less Safe In The Name of Safety

Lauren Harris | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Lauren Harris

There are several reasons people choose not to vaccinate their children, primarily born from misinformation from anti-vaccine advocates.

Our Sodas, Stars and Selves: Where the Buck -- and Calories -- Stop

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Big Soda might have said: "We know you are getting fat and sick, and feel we are implicated; but frankly, we don't give a damn as long as you are foolish enough to keep buying what we sell." Actually, that would have been refreshingly honest.