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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Outdated Laws Preserve HIV Stigma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.

Take a Plunge and Clean the Sh.t.

Swati Desai, Ph.D., LCSW | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Swati Desai, Ph.D., LCSW

Sitting on a warmed up toilet seat, it is hard to imagine the magnitude and the dire consequences of the open defecation accepted by over 2.5 billion people in the world as their everyday reality.

The Chemical Safety Improvement Act Falls Short: Open Letter to Congress

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Karuna Jaggar

I call on you to put public health before chemical industry profits and commit to passing the strongest Toxic Substances Control Act reform bill that will protect all of us from hazardous chemicals in our daily lives.

Should We Be Guilt-Tripping the Public About Their Health?

Michelle Kelly-Irving | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Kelly-Irving

Research findings on health have a tendency to make people feel guilty about their lifestyles. Should researchers attempt to avoid this guilt-tripping quality? Or, should they, in fact, be putting it to good use?

America's Mental Hospitals: Where Smoking Buys You Sunshine

Melody Moezzi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Melody Moezzi

While I've never been convicted of a crime, I have spent my fair share of time in private mental hospitals, wherein I've witnessed what may well be our nation's last great bastion of tobacco, tar and nicotine.

HIV Criminalization and Stigma

Ace Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Ace Robinson

We must base prevention and treatment efforts in sustainable endeavors that encourage education about, prevention, and treatment of HIV. Criminalizing those infected by HIV is not one of them. Enough is enough.

The Life Out Loud: Free Fitness for All

MeiMei Fox | Posted 12.29.2013 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

Jennifer Pattee was in her mid-30s when she realized that she wasn't happy. Here was a woman who had met with success at jobs many people would envy -...

The Little Secret Corporate Lobbyists Don't Want You to Know: Earned Sick Days Are Good for Business

Gordon MacInnes | Posted 12.29.2013 | Business
Gordon MacInnes

Providing good benefits like earned sick days helps businesses hold onto workers, which reduces joblessness and strengthens the overall economy. With less turnover, businesses save real money on the recruitment, training and lost productivity that comes each time they have to replace a worker.

It's Not Rocket Science

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Our nation's gun violence epidemic is not inevitable. Scholars must be allowed to do the desperately needed scientific research that will help parents, policymakers and the public determine how we can all work together to stop it.

If You Let Your Guns Get Stolen, You're a Menace to Society

Tom Harvey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Tom Harvey

The possibility that a stolen gun will result in the owner being identified and being held responsible for negligence is a strong incentive to improve storage practices.