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The Third Demographic Dividend and the Global Challenge of Longer Lives

Linda P. Fried | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

Are there stages when certain social institutions or other policies need to be implemented in order to optimize the benefits of an aging population for all ages?

To End America's Hepatitis C Epidemic, Bring It Out of the Shadows

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Just 25 years ago, scientists identified the previously unknown virus that has since killed hundreds of thousands of Americans. It now threatens the health of millions more.

"I'd Kill Him" - Racist Violence as State Policy in Burma

Andrea Gittleman | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Andrea Gittleman

In her latest book, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton lauded improvements in Burma as a hallmark of her successes at the helm of U.S. foreign policy, but any reforms are woefully insufficient if codified discrimination, deliberate denial of health care, and perpetual violence continue.

No Need for Generations to be Pitted Against Each Other

Linda P. Fried | Posted 08.19.2014 | Fifty
Linda P. Fried

There's a growing tendency for public policy leaders and commentators to warn one generation about another when the topic of entitlements arises. But the truth is that it's bad advice -- refuted by research.

The Power of Prevention

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard K. Koh

As a doctor and a public official committed to improving the health of Americans, I am concerned that men often have poorer health outcomes than women...

The Power of Prevention

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 06.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Benjamin Franklin once said that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," yet 279 years later his words still have not been successfully put into medical practice.

An Update From Uganda

Nourish International | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Nourish International

This post was written by Nourish International student interns from Penn State University and Duke University, currently working with Community Concer...

Would the Marlboro Man Get Diabetes Today?

Riva Greenberg | Posted 08.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

I just returned from Findlay, Ohio where I addressed 25 people with Type 2 diabetes. Most of them use insulin and most rely on Medicaid for their insu...

Silent Epidemic: Kidney Disease in the African-American Population

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Black Americans are three times more likely than White Americans to develop kidney disease and to require dialysis. Of great concern is that this racial disparity remains constant across all age groups. It may not make many headlines, but it needs to be brought to the attention of the public.

As Global Demand for Dairy Products Soars, Domestic Innovation is Key

Michael Zacka | Posted 08.04.2014 | Business
Michael Zacka

Every day, our increasingly independent children and adolescents are faced with coolers full of beverage and energy drink options, and they must have innovative and attractive milk alternatives that make it easier to make the nutritionally smart choice.

Guns vs. Misogyny vs. Mental Illness: A False Choice

Briallen Hopper | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Briallen Hopper

In the wake of last week's massacre at UCSB, people have been arguing about what the tragedy was "really" about. The "#YesAllWomen" campaign blames mi...

Putting a Public Health Lens on Incarceration

Linda P. Fried | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

We need to address the conditions for its spread, prevent its adverse impacts on children and families, and identify more effective ways to stop our "school to prison pipeline" by creating the conditions for positive trajectories for every member of the most vulnerable communities.

American Youth Are Bombarded By E-Cigarette Ads

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The amount of television advertising for electronic cigarettes that American adolescents saw jumped...

Combating the Silent Epidemic of Hepatitis B in the AAPI Community

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Kiran Ahuja

Ed. note: A version of this blog was originally posted on the White House Blog. As part of CDC and Hep B United's Know Hepatitis B campaign, this in...

Expanding Impact, Replenishing Hope

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

To say this has been a global health accomplishment of epic proportions would not be an overstatement.

You Can Chew It. You Can Swallow It. But Is It Food?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Despite thinking at first that warning labels might go too far, I wound up realizing they wouldn't go nearly far enough. Junk should never have been glorified as a food group in the first place.

Global Health Security Is Vital to Our Citizens, Businesses and Economy

Betty E. King | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business
Betty E. King

Fewer than 20 percent of countries can rapidly detect, respond to or prevent global health threats caused by emerging infections -- critical skills that are required for the protection of their nations' interests and ours.

Home Ec 2.0: How Cooking Could Save Our Lives (and Jobs)

Fedele Bauccio | Posted 07.21.2014 | Education
Fedele Bauccio

So many people are struggling with their "home economics." Even though convenience foods may seem cheap, they're almost always more expensive per serving than the home-made version.

Fed Up Documentary Hits Home in Los Angeles...

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 07.20.2014 | Los Angeles
Kimberly Cooper

"I don't want that to happen to me," my 9-year-old son whimpered with tears streaming down his face. We'd just finished watching the documentary, Fed Up - which targets the childhood obesity epidemic and the role the food industry plays in marketing unhealthy foods to children.

Taking The Lead On Women's Public Health

Saundra Pelletier | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Saundra Pelletier

At WomanCare Global, we empower women to choose whether and when they'll have children. We want to ensure that every aspect of the supply chain has been audited and addressed.

Type 2 Diabetes in Youth Not Surprising, but Also Not Acceptable

Brad Stulberg | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

The increase of Type 2 diabetes in youth should be received as nothing less than a public health crisis. Thankfully, there are numerous levers that can be pulled to reverse this trend.

Does Debt Forgiveness Work? Ask Africa

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 07.13.2014 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Corruption, natural disasters, wars, bad policies, and bad luck made it impossible for African governments to keep up with debt payments without cutting basic services to their people, who were already poor and getting few services in the first place.

E-Cigarettes: Where There's Smoke, There's Fear

John Branch | Posted 07.08.2014 | New York
John Branch

On April 28, New York City didn't care whether I puffed on an electronic cigarette in a bar or anywhere else; beginning on the 29, it did.

Good Programs Survive Only If We Pay Attention

Howard Dean | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Howard Dean

If the public does not see that people are directly benefiting from the program, support will erode and the program's future will be in doubt. Fortunately, the enrollment success and direct patient benefits of the ACA, makes it well-suited to build long-term public support. Unfortunately, not all public health care programs are on such solid footing.

One Billion People Still Defecate Outdoors

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2014 | World

By Tom Miles GENEVA, May 8 (Reuters) - One billion people worldwide still practise "open defecation" and they need to be told that th...