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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.

Governments Need a Design Policy

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

The nature of design is to synthesize disparate perspectives and create a richer end product through collaboration and iteration.

Government Shutdown Harms the Public Health

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lynn R. Goldman

Most serious are the long-term public health and safety consequences of this government shutdown. The CDC, for example, announced a suspension of its annual seasonal flu activities just as influenza season kicked off.

You Can Fix the Health Care Reform Hullabaloo

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Health isn't built in hospitals; disease is treated there. Health is built every day, over the course of a lifetime, in the places we work, and learn, and play, and pray, and love, and live. Or it isn't. And if it isn't, the "health care" system can't fix it.

The Road to Resilience

Amy Spies | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amy Spies

"Why {are} some people...able to survive the worst and others aren't?" CNN's Anderson Cooper wondered after Cleveland kidnap victim Michelle Knight bravely confronted her adductor Ariel Castro in court.

Coal by Numbers

Michael Brune | Posted 12.08.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

Great news: In the past three years, 150 coal-fired power plants either have been retired or have announced a retirement date. Plant number 150 was Brayton Point in Massachusetts.

Of Mice and Mold: 40% of American Homes Have Health, Safety Hazards

Rebecca Morley | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Rebecca Morley

Nationally, the most common issues making houses unhealthy include water leaks from the outside, affecting 11 percent of D.C. metro area homes, followed by signs of mice (10 percent), and interior water leaks (9 percent).

Gov. Brown and California Must Lead the Way on Lead Ammunition

Shaye Wolf | Posted 12.03.2013 | Green
Shaye Wolf

Though we've long-known there are no safe levels of lead exposure, it's always taken a law to get the lead out of pretty much anything in this country.

Good Program Management Helps Smokers Quit

Stephan Rabimov | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Stephan Rabimov

Reducing a personal tobacco addiction requires daily management of the habit and a strong support system; similarly, the human resources development and health systems strengthening are necessary to help to combat the global tobacco epidemic.

HIV: Let's End This Now

Ace Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Ace Robinson

With all the advancements in progressing science and reducing social ills, the end game for HIV has been declared by leaders within the movement and beyond. But as with any progressive movement, actualizing the final steps of eradication takes as much work as beginning it.

On the "A" w/ Souleo: Songs for a Healthier America Album Uses Hip-Hop to Fight Childhood Obesity

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

The piercing cheers of over 500 NYC school kids trumpeted the kickoff of the free album, Songs for a Healthier America, a which features health-conscious songs by Ashanti, Jordin Sparks, Ariana Grande and more.

Health Insurance Marketplace Lets Americans Choose Low-cost, Life-saving Health Benefits

Dr. Georges C. Benjamin | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Dr. Georges C. Benjamin

Today is a momentous day in U.S. history, and a defining moment in our nation's health transformation. The Health Insurance Marketplace has officially opened for business.