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Who Invented Memorial Day?

Jim Downs | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics
Jim Downs

As America recognizes the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclaimation, we would do well to revisit the origins of Memorial Day among freedpeople in Charleston.

One-Size Nutrition Profession Doesn't Fit All

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

More and more, health professionals from varied fields put their energies, time and money toward gaining the knowledge and experience necessary to effectively embrace the power of nutrition. But astonishingly, health professionals with nutrition tools to reverse chronic health conditions are gagged in many states.

Let's Move More Than Our Lips!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This time, let's prove we aren't all talk and no action. This time, let's demonstrate we aren't hypocrites. This time, let's prove we really are a nation of loving parents and grandparents, concerned and responsible adults. This time, let's move more than our lips.

Prevention Delivers for Teens in the US

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard K. Koh

This May, as we observe National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, there is encouraging news to report in our nation's ongoing effort to prevent teen ...

And The Healthiest City In America Is...

Aaron Sankin | Posted 05.22.2013 | San Francisco

What makes a particular city healthy? A low percentage of overweight citizens? A prevalence of jogging paths? Relatively few of its offices stricken w...

A Failure to Communicate: Why Gun Control Is Destined to Fail

Nathan Hegedus | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Nathan Hegedus

As Washington turns to scandal rather than policy, gun control seems to be slipping from the public conversation, and the already slim chance of legislation passing is fading to black.

Don't Blame Empathy

Jodi Halpern | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jodi Halpern

People care about more than numbers. They care so much about subjective well-being that they are willing to trade years of life for improved quality of life. Cold reason is really not sufficient to assess anyone's quality of life. That evaluation requires a robust application of empathy.

Ending the Silence on Mental Illness

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Lynn R. Goldman

The truth is that from the college campus to the workplace, we are all members of a national and increasingly global community. We must all learn the signs of depression and other mental disorders and reach out to someone in trouble.

Fixing Obesity

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a culture, we are drowning in calories of mostly very dubious quality, and drowning in an excess of labor-saving technology. I have compared obesity to drowning before, but want to dive more deeply today into the implications for fixing what ails us.

Pretense and Defense of Our Skin in the Game

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The world is ever smaller. Flu strains incubating in China can be in New York or LA or DC in the span of a day. This is a world in which an incurable bacterial disease, spread by a tiny insect native to Asia, decimates the citrus crop in Florida.

A Month After the Boston Bombings: What Public Health Can Offer

Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH | Posted 07.13.2013 | Impact
Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH

If you ask the question, "What does public health have to do with response to and recovery from the Boston Marathon bombing and to terrorism in general?", my answer is "everything."

Why Judy Bright Supported Obamacare

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Like many nurse practitioners, my mother declined to work in the for-profit sector and instead devoted her life to public health. She believed strongly in the need for universal health care -- a cause she felt was a deeply moral issue.

Option B+: A Critical Tool Toward Creating an AIDS-free Generation

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 07.11.2013 | Impact
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD

Whether a woman is a mother today, or a mother to be, her health is paramount -- both for her own productivity and quality of life, and that of the next generation. One way that we can help to support women -- and their children -- is by ensuring that all mothers receive the essential health services they need, including for HIV.

Basic Research and Its Contributions to Science and Society

American Anthropological Association | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
American Anthropological Association

It is the weight of cumulative evidence that drives changes in health care provider behavior as well as changes in funding priorities. But do changes in clinical practice alone get the job done? Absolutely not.

Lipstick: The Price for Pretty Lips May Be Heavy... Metals

Bill Chameides | Posted 07.09.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

I suspect that most people would be surprised to know that lipstick contains toxic metals. It was a surprise to me. Does that mean that lipstick is not safe? And if not, what can be done about it?

What Happens When Condoms Are Criminal?

Renato Barucco | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

What comes into your mind when you think about condoms? Something that most likely will not come into your mind is criminal intent. Nevertheless, in some contexts, condoms can be considered vehicles of illegal activities. They can be confiscated and prohibited.

The Wrong Way to Dispose of Drugs

Peter J. Pitts | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Peter J. Pitts

Alameda County recently passed an ordinance that requires pharmaceutical companies to develop, manage and pay for a new local drug take-back program. There's good reason to believe very few people will participate in this program. It is also likely to result in higher drug prices and will produce few environmental benefits.

All Hands on Deck: (Some) Reflections on Ameliorating Global Health Disparities in the 21st Century

Dustin T. Duncan | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Dustin T. Duncan

There are disparities in health within countries, including in the U.S. For instance, there are disparities in obesity within the U.S., whereby black and Hispanic children and adolescents, have a substantially higher prevalence of obesity than their white peers.

Solving a Cruel Mystery

Randall Winston | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Randall Winston

I will never forget the day my sister Karen was diagnosed with lupus. As a television producer, I am used to dealing with the dramatic, but I have never faced anything quite like the emotional roller coaster ride that was to follow her diagnosis.

Hungry for Health: 4 Things I Learned While Traveling the Country

Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P. | Posted 06.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P.

Though the concepts of how to stay healthy haven't changed much, there are a few universal truths that bubble to the top of the list: Eat an organic, mostly plant-based diet. Cook from scratch if you can, and remember that food is information for our bodies.

Malcolm Gladwell, Proof and Soda

Michael Hobbes | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Hobbes

Starting in the 1990s, governments started taking tobacco prevention seriously. They removed vending machines, taxed cigarettes, banned smoking in bars and prevented marketing anywhere kids might see it. I think in the next 10 years you'll see the same thing with soda.

Stop Arresting New Yorkers for Carrying Condoms

Abe George | Posted 06.29.2013 | New York
Abe George

Targeting condoms is ineffective at deterring prostitution and threatens public health, and the practice also contributes to police discrimination against New York's LGBT community.

More Treatment, Less War: The White House Drug Policy Reform

Jason Silverstein | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics
Jason Silverstein

Many people who want substance abuse treatment can't get it. The White House wants to fix this. Can they do it, and will it help?

Uncomplicating Matters on the Way to Health

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Getting to health doesn't need to be all that complicated. And it also doesn't need to be about "should." Don't pursue health because it's an obligation, or because someone says you should. Pursue health because health is a currency you can spend on living better.

World Malaria Day and 3 Things You Can Do to Help

Joseph Peterson | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
Joseph Peterson

According to the World Health Organization, 650,000 people still die every year from this preventable disease, and most of those people are children under five years of age. Stop here and let that sink in: 650,000.