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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Big Food Controversy

Andy Bellatti | Posted 08.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

For years, many of my colleagues and I have voiced our discontent that the professional organization that represents us takes money from and partners with the likes of Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, McDonald's, and Hershey's, supposedly to foster dialogue with the industry and help Americans get healthier.

Obesity As a Disease?

Ardis D. Hoven, M.D. | Posted 08.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Ardis D. Hoven, M.D.

Obesity has been called many things -- an epidemic, a major public health problem, an urgent chronic condition -- but is it a disease? The American Medical Association, the largest physician organization in the nation, has decided that it is.

7 Common Myths About Pandemics and New Diseases

Dr. William Karesh | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. William Karesh

Myth 1: They're just a public health problem. Novel diseases and pandemics typically are perceived to fall squarely into the public health realm. Paradoxically, they actually interface with nearly every other sector.

Leave No Queer Behind

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Posted 08.26.2013 | Latino Voices
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

Military and marriage equality reflect a dramatic drop in stigma for LGBT people who want to get married, have children, and serve their country. The visibility of gay people in mainstream American life has had a profound impact on stigma.

How EPA Could Ruin Your Summer Vacation

Steve Fleischli | Posted 08.25.2013 | Green
Steve Fleischli

Too many of America's beaches are sick -- and they're passing on their illnesses to families across the country. It shouldn't be this way.

USAID v. AOSI: A Victory for Sex Workers and Feminist Allies

Aziza Ahmed | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Aziza Ahmed

The U.S. Supreme Court case Agency for International Development v. Alliance for the Open Society Institute International is a landmark case for individuals working on alleviating the impact of the HIV epidemic throughout the world.

A Victory for Free Speech from the Supreme Court

Lenora M. Lapidus | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Lenora M. Lapidus

Yesterday, in an important First Amendment decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the government may not require federal grant recipients to endorse t...

Beyond the Anti-Prostitution Pledge: The Public Health Buck Does Not Stop Here

Leo Beletsky | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Leo Beletsky

The Court's decision to strike down the pledge provision should not come as a surprise. In fact, the Justice Department had initially recommended limiting the pledge requirement to foreign entities because they understood the provision to be vulnerable to First Amendment challenges from US-based organizations.

Violence Against Women: A Global Public Health Problem of Epidemic Proportions

Dr. Claudia Garcia Moreno Esteva | Posted 06.20.2013 | Impact
Dr. Claudia Garcia Moreno Esteva

If you have not experienced this directly yourself, you certainly know someone who has. And it is everywhere; there is no region or demographic that can claim that violence against women isn't a problem and, in most parts of the world, a problem on a horrifying scale.

Pakistan Must Cultivate Respect for Public Property

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Liaquat Ali Khan

Pakistanis have little respect for public property, that is, the natural and human-made properties accessible to all members of the society. This lack of respect for public property reinforces corruption that runs through every artery of the Pakistani economy.

Why Safer Food Workers Mean Safer Food

Michelle Chen | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Americans these days are nervous about what they eat, and they should be, what with outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, meat pumped with veterinary drug...

Beyond the Hype: PrEP for People Who Inject Drugs

Daniel Wolfe | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Daniel Wolfe

The clinical trial finding that a once-daily pill halved HIV infection among people who inject drugs in Thailand is an important development in HIV prevention science, and brings welcome attention to a group often excluded from clinical trials.

Immigration Reform: Basic Justice, Public Health Consequences

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Posted 08.13.2013 | Latino Voices
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

Basic legal protections for immigrants would allow those who would benefit from HIV diagnosis, treatment, and other health care to safely come out of the shadows. Getting HIV and STIs diagnosed and treated has positive economic and public health consequences.

Unity, Balance, and Power

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The notion that parasites are ravaging populations -- and clearly, they are -- is hard to reconcile with the already-impressive and fast-accumulating evidence that the aftermath of eradicating parasites is ravaging other populations.

Damning New Study Demonstrates Harm to Animals Raised on GMO Feed

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 08.11.2013 | Green
Leslie Hatfield

Just when you thought the market for controversy over GMOs was completely saturated, a new study published in the Journal of Organic Systems finds that pigs raised on a mixed diet of GM corn and GM soy had higher rates of intestinal problems.

Health Sucks

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We could manage our weight and our health with at least as great and reliable a ROI as we can get by managing our money. We could eliminate 80 percent of our lifetime risk of chronic disease. The grim landscape of modern epidemiology is not for want of knowing -- it's for want of doing.

The Health Report You Never Read (But Should Have)

Dr. Jonny Bowden | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonny Bowden

Basically, the committee said, in no uncertain or wishy-washy terms, that we have a huge problem and its name is sugar.

South Side Community Hospital To Remain Open -- For Now

Posted 06.06.2013 | Chicago

An eleventh-hour state bailout has saved Roseland Community Hospital on Chicago's South Side from shutting its doors — at least for now. Gov. Pa...

Senator Lautenberg's Legacy and His Successor

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

America lost a champion of public health and environmental protection when Senator Frank Lautenberg passed away on Monday. All of us benefited from hi...

How Fat Is Virginia?

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.04.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- A new report reveals that residents of Northern Virginia are fat -- and getting fatter. "How Healthy Is Northern Virginia?," a report...

Simple Tips for Creating Patient-Friendly Health Materials

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Clear communication from doctors, nurses, hospitals and clinics is essential for patients to manage their health care effectively. But creating easily understood materials isn't simple.

The Moral Arc of the Universe Bends Towards Justice, But It Will Not Happen on Its Own

Larry Brilliant, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2013 | College
Larry Brilliant, M.D.

The arc of history will not bend towards justice without you bending it. Public health needs you to ensure health for all. Seize that history. Bend that arc.

Genetic Testing and the Fight for a Cure

Rep. Louise Slaughter | Posted 07.31.2013 | Women
Rep. Louise Slaughter

Prior to the passage of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, women who suspected they might be at risk for hereditary breast cancer were often advised not to undergo genetic testing because they could lose their job, health insurance or both if the test confirmed they were at risk.

Biking (and Eating, and Shopping) Our Way to Good Health

James R. Knickman | Posted 07.30.2013 | New York
James R. Knickman

I do think about the public health aspects of this ambitious initiative, and I believe the 6,000 bikes offer a very visible symbol of the importance of getting New Yorkers more active.

Gotta Cigarette? How the Tobacco Companies are Gaining Ground in Promoting Coffin Nails for the World Through the TPP

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

Tobacco regulation is just one example of how the TPP will have damaging effects on the world we live in. We need to expose the deadly flaws in these behind-closed-doors negotiations now, before it's too late.