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Proposed Cuts Undermine Indian Health, Public Health and Scientific Research

Sec. Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Sec. Kathleen Sebelius

Today, the House Appropriations Committee is considering a Fiscal Year 2014 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill which funds the Indian Health Service, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund at HHS.

One Continent or Two? Denver Hosts Biennial of the Americas

Rex Burkholder | Posted 09.28.2013 | Denver
Rex Burkholder

Begun in 2010 by then-Denver Mayor, now-Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper, as a way to re-direct attention away from China and Europe as trading partners/cultural competitors, the Biennial attracts leaders from Canada, the U.S. and Latin America.

To End Hepatitis C, Patients Must Come Before Profits

Azzi Momenghalibaf | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Azzi Momenghalibaf

We know that political commitment and community mobilization can make the difference. For those who say that treatment is too complicated or that pharmaceutical companies will always prioritize profit over people, we should say: we've been here before.

What Are E-cigarettes and Why Are They Here?

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 09.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Seidman

By adding e-cigarettes, rather than subtracting tobacco cigarettes, many smokers will miss an opportunity to protect their physical, emotional and financial health.

We Can Fight This Feeling: The Loss of Cory Monteith and How We Can Prevent Future Overdose Fatalities

Leo Beletsky | Posted 09.24.2013 | Celebrity
Leo Beletsky

Given the well-documented risk of overdose following treatment, one would think it should be standard practice for rehab programs to take extensive precautions to keep their patients safe after discharge.

Ex-President Who Gets The Most Death Threats Laughs Them Off

The Huffington Post | Ryan Rainey | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics

Former President Jimmy Carter, a leader of humanitarian efforts in the three decades since leaving office, has received more death threats than any ot...

Who's Healthier, You or Your Car?

Sue Curry, PhD | Posted 09.21.2013 | Women
Sue Curry, PhD

Imagine what we could achieve with investment in prevention and well-being that matched automotive R&D.

The AMA Says Obesity Is a Disease. Now Can We Talk About Prevention?

Larry_Cohen | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
Larry_Cohen

We can approach the health problems that stem from unhealthy eating and physical activity as individual concerns requiring individual treatment. Or that there are social influences that affect what we eat, how we live and how healthy we end up.

What Community Health Centers Mean to Americans and How they Manage Chronic Diseases

Malvise Scott | Posted 09.18.2013 | DC
Malvise Scott

Considering that 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases, we commissioned a survey to get a better understanding of why these preventable illnesses continue to compromise America's health and wallet.

Challenging Punishment: What the California Prisoners Hunger Strike Tells Us About Mass Incarceration

Samuel K. Roberts, PhD | Posted 09.17.2013 | Crime
Samuel K. Roberts, PhD

What the hunger strike highlights -- missed by most of the public -- is the deeply troubling nature of extreme isolation in U.S. penology.

Cigarette Bans In Parks, Beaches May Just Be Smoke And Mirrors

Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living

By Brett Spiegel The peripheral detriments associated with smoking cigarettes -- environmental pollution, tobacco glamorization, and, of course, ...

Two Extraordinary Days in South Africa

Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD

Since 2004, PEPFAR has invested more than $3.7 billion in supporting South Africa's HIV/AIDS response. For its part, South Africa has moved to the forefront of leadership in the HIV response both at home and throughout the world.

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.