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Health And Wellness Will Be A Central Focus At Davos 2014

Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

Global leaders -- from politicians and CEOs to academics and Nobel laureates -- will gather next week in Davos, Switzerland for the 44th World Economi...

The Beloved Community: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Prescription for a Healthy Society

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Dr. Martin Luther King popularized the notion of the "Beloved Community." Economic and social justice are the twin pillars supporting the Beloved Community. These twin pillars are also necessary for a healthy society. What would be the health impacts of living in such a society?

What the New Budget Deal Means for Drug Policy Reform

Rafael Lemaitre | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Rafael Lemaitre

Damaging cuts caused by sequestration have placed real obstacles in the way of ensuring full support for services and programs that expand prevention, treatment and smart-on-crime initiatives that represent a 21st century approach to drug policy. But there is good news...

Building a Smoke-Free Life in Recovery

Michael Botticelli | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Botticelli

Five decades ago, tobacco was everywhere in America. It was perfectly normal to enter a smoke-filled restaurant for dinner, encounter lit cigarettes o...

Public Water Systems Can Help the War on Poverty

Daniel Moss | Posted 03.18.2014 | Green
Daniel Moss

No army can win a war without good quality water. Dysentery took more lives in the U.S. Civil War than battle wounds. Likewise, the War on Poverty won't be won without healthy and affordable water.

Why the Olympics and Other Mass Gatherings Can Pose Major Global Health Threats

John E. Lange | Posted 03.18.2014 | World
John E. Lange

When hundreds of thousands of people congregate in one place, there can be acute risks to public health and enormous pressure on the public health system. And there may be a significant potential for the gathering to contribute to the international spread of disease.

Bringing the ADHD Debate Into Sharper Focus: Part 1

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

It's a catch 22, really. There is a public outcry against "overdiagnosis" of ADHD, but the rigor required for thorough diagnosis is extensive, expensive and not well supported by our public health system. So what are we to do?

Heart Attacks, Depression and Suicide: The Toxic Fallout From the Foreclosure Epidemic and a Prevention Strategy That Just Might Work

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

I worked for 30 years as a cardiologist in Richmond, and I have always seen the city's problems through the health lens. What can a focus on health teach us about Richmond's foreclosure crisis? What is the impact on the health of families and neighborhoods?

Yes, You Can Lose Weight Eating Nothing But McDonald's, But That's Not the Point

Andy Bellatti | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

Privilege is ultimately front and center here. Mr. Cisna could have stopped his fast-food diet at any point. Many Americans, however, are beholden to unhealthy eating out of necessity. We owe it to them to help build a healthier food system, rather than hold up fast-food chains as beacons of health while simultaneously chastising individuals for making "bad choices."

Kate Sheppard

Coalition To Obama: Reviews For New Regulations Take Too Long

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition representing environmental groups, consumer advocates and unions is calling on the White House to reform the process for rev...

Will New FDA Guidelines Reduce Threat From Superbugs?

Tim Fothergill, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim Fothergill, Ph.D.

In January of this year the British Chief Medical Officer urged her government to add threat posed by superbugs to the official list of "Apocalypses to Worry About" along with catastrophic terrorist attacks and massive flooding. So what is it that has so many people so worried?

What a Year for Harm Reduction!

Hilary McQuie | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Hilary McQuie

To quote an old social justice slogan, harm reduction is the art of "building a new society in the vacant lots of the old." And those lots are filling up, due to the hard work of people around the world.

Kate Sheppard

Fox News Accidentally Endorsed Environmental Regulations During Obama Attack

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

Fox News likes regulations. That is, Fox likes regulations that the Obama administration reportedly delayed ahead of the 2012 election. In a segme...

How Our Faith in Supermarkets, Nurses and Pharmacists Can Drive Health

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

The most significant health reform for people in the immediate term will happen at home, in our families and local communities.

Big Tobacco, Stay Away From Our Schools!

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

We hope other cities will take notice and adopt similar legislation to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco without delay. Together we can keep more children from ever lighting up, which in turn will help them grow into healthier young adults.

Better Pain Management Is Essential for Reducing Addiction to Prescription Painkillers

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

Too many prescription painkillers are used when alternatives may work. Physicians need to be far more cautious about prescribing them. The NYC DOH and other public health agencies are right about this. But there should be another dimension to their campaign.

Outdated Laws Preserve HIV Stigma

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

Our nation and our science have come a long way since HIV/AIDS began mysteriously claiming lives in the United States. Unfortunately, many of our laws haven't kept up.

New Medical Concerns Threaten Latin America's Emerging Middle Class

Rosario Pérez | Posted 02.06.2014 | Impact
Rosario Pérez

Non-communicable and chronic diseases traditionally associated with higher-income countries have skyrocketed. Rates of childhood obesity have dramatically increased and diabetes moved into the top five causes of mortality.

Nelson Mandela and the Politics of Science on HIV/AIDS

Michael Halpern | Posted 02.05.2014 | Science
Michael Halpern

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. It is worth reflecting on his ability to transcend politics when speaking about contentious scientific issues. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the difficult politics surrounding HIV/AIDS at the turn of the millennium.

Cholesterol-Lowering Statins for All? What You Need to Know

Dr. Paul Marantz | Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paul Marantz

Whether we're talking about broad public health prescriptions or individual prescriptions, it's all a matter of benefit versus risk, and that requires a careful look at the evidence. Doctors and patients alike may find themselves understandably confused by changing guidelines and the uncertainty inherent in predicting the future.

E-cigarettes: Should They Be Regulated as Cigarettes?

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 02.01.2014 | Chicago
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

Like other gateway products Big Tobacco has masked to entice its next generation of smokers, e-cigarettes follow suit as its popularity with youth nationwide more than doubled from 2011 to 2012.

How Michelle Obama's Critics Undercut Progress

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 01.27.2014 | Women
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

When we criticize Michelle Obama for focusing on motherhood, we're just furthering hobbling ourselves. What we really need to be doing is working to find ways to support women who want to be mothers, or who want to focus on their careers -- and women who want to do both.

Massive Global Drug Survey Underway

Adam Winstock | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Adam Winstock

Anyone who has tried to talk to someone with a serious drug or alcohol problem has learned the hard way that the two sides might as well be speaking different languages. Yet we have done very little to get at the route of that gap in understanding.

New Soda Tax Makes Mexico a Leading Guardian of Public Health

Larry_Cohen | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Larry_Cohen

Other countries understand the toll that rising rates of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions are having on the health of their people and on national medical costs.

Fixing Food Stamps for All? Could be a SNAP

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I believe food stamps could be reimagined, and the result could be a win for all concerned. I see many more challenges in the realm of health promotion with just such win-win potential.