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Preventing Racial Disparities in Health Status and Access to Health Care
Ruqaiijah Yearby, J.D., M.P.H.

African-American patients find it easier to deal with physicians whose racism is obvious. At least then they know where they stand. Read more >


And the Winner of Best Weight-Loss Diet Is...
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Weight loss may be the new Holy Grail. But which plans really help? Pick one that is right for you. Read more >


Junk Food Changes the Brain, But Healthy Foods Can Bring It Back
Alice G. Walton

Too much junk food may wire the brain for unhealthy choices. But you can change this. Read more >


Family Intervention Helps Prevent Psychosis in Vulnerable Youth
Esther Entin, M.D.

When family communication and dynamics improve, psychosis can be nipped in the bud. Read more >


Children‘s Lunch Boxes Fail Nutrition Test
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Tips for sendings kids to school with healthy lunches they'll enjoy. Read more >


Enlisting Community Pharmacies to Improve Healthcare Delivery and Savings
Esther Entin, M.D.

Your local pharmacist just may be one of the best healthcare cost-containment strategies around. Read more >


Outdoor Time Breeds Fitness in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Time outside translates into more physical exercise. That brings better health. Read more >


Researchers Dispute Claims that Supplements Offer Little or No Benefit
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Several studies find nutritional supplements provide little or no benefit. But not everyone agrees. Read more >


Closing the Gap in Alcohol Treatment
Esther Entin, M.D.

Physicians don't offer counseling and AA-type programs can't offer drug therapies. The ACA may help. Read more >


Climate Change: A Threat to Human Nutrition
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Rising CO2 levels can interfere with photosynthesis, robbing some foods of important nutrients. Read more >


Early Morning Light May Help Keep Weight under Control
Alice G. Walton

Getting some early morning sun may not only wake you up – it may help you slim down. Read more >


Certain Food Environments Seem to Promote the Risk of Obesity
Charlotte LoBuono

Is a fast food stop part of your daily commute? Count on serious weight gain. Read more >


Parents' Over-Feeding Can Encourage Infants' Overeating
Esther Entin, M.D.

Overfeeding babies sets the stage for lifelong weight problems. It's easy to avoid the pitfalls. Read more >


Too Few Doctors Talk to Teen Patients About Sex
Charlotte LoBuono

Doctors tend not to discuss sex with their teenaged patients. What a wasted opportunity. Read more >


Brain Training Can Help Prevent Cognitive Decline in the Years to Come
Alice G. Walton

Training sessions can protect aging brains against cognitive decline — up to a decade later. Read more >


FDA Begins Inquiry into The Effects of Antibacterial Soaps
Esther Entin, M.D.

The active ingredient has been found in breast milk. FDA investigates. Read more >


Santa Claus, Aging Successfully
Neil Wagner

How healthy is Santa Claus? He surely has some belly fat. But he's actually in pretty good shape. Read more >


For Teens, Sleep Is a Family Affair
Esther Entin, M.D.

Puberty wreaks havoc on teens' sleep cycles; so do teens' family and social relationships. Read more >


Reader Beware: Study Results May Be Overstated
Neil Wagner

Scientists often overstate their findings. It's about attention. Read more >


Too Much of a Good Thing: Antibiotics Overprescribed For Sore Throats
Charlotte LoBuono

Your throat is sore. Sure, it's terrible; but if you're an adult, it is unlikely you need an antibiotic. Read more >


Lifestyle Changes Reverse Aging in Chromosomes
Michael J. Gertner

When we eat right, exercise and receive emotional support, even our chromosomes look younger. Read more >


Poverty's Mental Toll
Leslie Carr

Being poor robs you of mental bandwidth. The toll money worries take is roughly equal to losing 13 points off your IQ score. Read more >


Frustrated Football Fans Find Consolation in Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Win or lose, NFL teams' records affect their fans' eating patterns...for better and worse. Read more >


Soda Consumption and Bad Behavior
Esther Entin, M.D.

It's not clear what it is in soda that brings on aggression and hostility, but the link is there. Read more >


The Rising Threat of West Nile Virus
Charlotte LoBuono

Know the symptoms. And please, use insect repellent when mosquitoes are active. Read more >


The Right Routine for a Good Night's Sleep
Neil Wagner

Getting a good night's sleep is a pretty easy habit to get into. So why do millions not get the health-sustaining sleep they deserve? Read more >


Help Navigating the World of Dietary Supplements
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Consumers now have help navigating the uncharted waters of the enormous supplement market. Read more >


Soda Bans Appear to Find Their Target
Alice G. Walton

So-called “soda bans” may actually help those who need it most. Read more >


Amusement Ride Injuries Rise in Summer Months
Charlotte LoBuono

Summertime means vacation and trips to the amusement park. But before you strap yourself and your kids in, consider the safety issues. Read more >


Just One Sugary Drink A Day Increases Diabetes Risk Significantly
Alice G. Walton

Oh come on! How much can one little sugary drink a day up your risk for diabetes? Pretty significantly. Read more >


Substance in Red Meat Linked to Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

TMAO, a substance found in abundance in the guts of meat eaters, has artery-clogging effects. But is meat the problem? Read more >


Companies Help Workers Lose Weight on the Job
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Companies seeking to cut healthcare costs might want to consider offering financial incentives for weight loss. Read more >


A Shift Away from Fast Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Americans are eating less fast food. You can guess what group eats the most. Read more >


FDA to Weigh in on Genetically Modified Mosquitoes
Neil Wagner

There were 27 cases of dengue in 2009. Genetic modification may stop mosquitoes' transmission of this deadly virus. What else will it do? Read more >


Obese and Overweight Children Face Serious Health Risks
Esther Entin, M.D.

You wouldn't let your child play near the street unsupervised; don't let him or her eat unsupervised either. Read more >


Finding the Sweet Spot: Milk Intake, Vitamin D and Iron
Esther Entin, M.D.

Cow's milk offers vitamin D but also contributes to low iron. New research offers a guideline. Read more >


Reframing the Debate: Gun Violence As a Public Health Issue
Charlotte LoBuono

Successful public health campaigns are models for how to make guns safer and reduce their allure. Read more >


Endocrine Disruptor Compounds: What We Know; What We Suspect
Esther Entin, M.D.

You can't see, smell or taste these environmental toxins. But even lose doses can cause cancer. Read more >


Safety Seats? It Depends on How You Use Them
Neil Wagner

Strap your kid in and they're safe, right? Wrong. And for kids aged 4 to 8, seatbelts alone won't do it. Read more >


Genetically Modified Food: An Overview and History
Neil Wagner

In the U.S. genetically modified foods are patented and immune from scientific investigation. No wonder some feel there's a danger. Read more >


Ratcheting up Herbicide Use Encourages Resistant Weeds
Neil Wagner

Genetically modified crops help potent herbicides succeed. But now super weeds are taking over. Read more >


The Health Effects of Caffeine
Charlotte LoBuono

Coffee, or more generally, caffeine, offers many protective effects; except when it comes to fertility. Read more >


Big Beverage vs. A Big Health Problem
Harry A. Levy, M.D., M.P.H.

Is the move to restrict serving sizes of soda in NYC a bad idea or a bold way to begin tackling obesity? Read more >


New and Controversial Recommendations on PSA Tests
Neil Wagner

For most men the risks connected with PSA tests for prostate cancer outweigh the benefits. Read more >


The Happiness Dilemma
Alice G. Walton

The pursuit of happiness is not as simple as we might think. What you focus on can make a big difference to your health. Read more >


Tracking Disease Clusters in the US: Elusive Prey
Alice G. Walton

Disease clusters were made famous by Erin Brockovich, but they are harder to pinpoint than you might think. Read more >


Less Frequent Pap Testing Recommended
Susan H. Scher, MD

Pap tests save lives, but new guidelines urge women to be tested less often. It's safer. Read more >


Why We Overeat and What We Can Do About It
Alice G. Walton

Eating should be simple: Eat when you are hungry, then stop. If only food weren't so pleasurable. Read more >


A Closer Look at Over-the-Counter Painkillers
Alice G. Walton

Turning to acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin now and then is fine, but long-term use can damage organs. Read more >


Figuring The Cost-Benefit Ratio of Vaccines
Alice G. Walton

Parents in some communities have decided that the risks of vaccines are greater than the benefits. Not true. Read more >


It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (If You Keep Your Head about You)
Alice G. Walton

Why are the holidays responsible for so many accidents and ER visits? We count the ways and offer help. Read more >


Navigating the Road to Health
Alice G. Walton

Don't confuse real health science with sound-bytes, or healthy lifestyles with a health obsession. Read more >


Evaluating Healthcare in America
Alice G. Walton

A score of 64 out of 100 is not a good grade. It's also not good healthcare. Read more >


Vitamin and Mineral Supplements: Risks As Well As Benefits
Neil Wagner

Some studies of supplements actually found they increase the risk of death. But it may depend on how you crunch the numbers. Read more >


The Power of Play
Esther Entin, M.D.

The time kids spend just playing is declining. Well-meaning parents are partly to blame. Read more >


Antibiotic Resistance and The Case for Organic Meat and Poultry
Neil Wagner

Organic meat and poultry could help combat much of the antibiotic resistance we see today. Read more >


Doctor-Patient Confidentiality: How Do We Define It and When Should We Waive It?
Jessica Wilen Berg, J.D., M.P.H.

When is your health information confidential and when isn't it? Read more >


Coffee May Reduce the Risk of Cancer - But It Depends on the Cancer
Alice G. Walton

Coffee reduces the risk for cancers — some cancers, anyway. But is coffee always good for you? Read more >


Some Long-Held Links between Genes and Diseases Called Into Question
Alice G. Walton

Some of the connections between genes and disease that we accept as fact may not be so strong after all. Read more >


Children and Environmental Chemicals: A Call for Better Regulation
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children are small and low to the ground, leaving them more exposed to environmental toxins. Read more >


Are Airport Scanners Safe?
Neil Wagner

Are the full-body scanners at the airport safe? Well, it all depends. Read more >


Nature and Nurture: Social Environments Influence Genetic Blueprints
Esther Entin, M.D.

A study of children two and under shows just how much being poor restricts kids' genetic potential. Read more >


The Best of 2010: Health Tips to Take With Us Into 2011
Alice G. Walton

Planning for a healthier 2011? We pull together some of the top health news stories of this past year. Read more >


FDA Verdict on Patient Radiation Overdoses: Operator Error
Neil Wagner

CT scans are a boon to diagnosis, but some may expose patients to way too much radiation. Read more >


Snakebite! What to Do If You're Bitten and How Treatments Work
Thomas C. Arnold, M.D., and Robert A. Barish, M.D., M.B.A.

Snake bites are rare, but some bites are lethal. Know what to look for and do -- and how to avoid bites completely. Read more >


Exceptional Human Longevity
Robert J. Pignolo, M.D., Ph.D.

Who are the oldest old – those 100 years of age and older? And what can these centenarians tell us about aging? Read more >


The Money Pit: Health Insurance Executives' Pay
Neil Wagner

Health insurance executives are paid millions to ensure stock prices stay high. Patient care is not a concern. Read more >


Controversial Autism-MMR Vaccine Study Retracted by Journal: Why Did This Happen - and Can We Forget?
Alice G. Walton

Retractions don't happen often in science, but they are part of the process. Changing the public's perceptions is another matter. Read more >


Prescribing Medication Safely for Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Warnings about the effects of prescription drugs on children are often not reported accurately... Read more >


Unnecessary CT Scans and Excessive Radiation Raise Cancer Risk
Neil Wagner

CT scans have benefits, but they also have some very real cancer risks. Read more >


Why Does Health Care Cost So Much?
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Americans' health care costs more than anywhere else in the world. Why? Read more >


Infections in Long-Term Care Facilities: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management
Lona Mody, M.D., M.Sc.

Millions of infections occur in nursing homes each year, costing billions of dollars. Read more >


Vaccines: Protecting Individuals, Communities and the World
Esther Entin, M.D.

Always check with your child's physician before delaying an immunization. Read more >


What's Good Health Information?
Leslie Carr and Tom Gilbert

Becoming an informed consumer of health information is as important to your health as any exercise, drug or health plan. Read more >


Understanding Scientific Studies
Tom Gilbert

It is important to know if the information you are gathering on the Web is from a credible source. Read more >


Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Stephen R. Thom, M.D., Ph.D.



The Fight Against Diabetes
Sheryl Merkin, M.S., F.N.P., C.D.E., Sharon Movsas, M.S., R.D., C.D.E. and Joel Zonszein, M.D., C.D.E.

A lack of insulin or an inability to respond to insulin is known as "insulin resistance." Read more >


Influenza and Pandemic Influenza: A Primer
Walter A. Orenstein, M.D.



Consumer-Driven Health Care: Ethical and Legal Pitfalls

With health care costs continuing to grow at a much higher rate than inflation, some policy makers have seized upon yet another technique they hope will restrain spending — "consumer-driven health care" in the form of "health savings accounts. Read more >


Suicide Assessment, Intervention and Prevention
Morton M. Silverman, M.D.



Road Traffic Injuries: Can We Stop A Global Epidemic?
Lauren P. Giles, B.A.; Elisabeth S. Hayes, M.B.A.; and Mark L. Rosenberg, M.D., M.P.P.

The causes of RTIs have been established: excessive speed, consumption of drugs and alcohol, failure to use seatbelts and poor road design. Read more >


Getting the Lead Out - The News About an Old Problem
Sassan Farjami, M.D., Ogleh Nesheiwat, M.D., Carol Karmen, M.D., and Robert G. Lerner, M.D.

Sleep disturbances, restlessness, lethargy, memory loss and irritability can be signs of lead poisoning. Read more >


Public Health and Bioterrorism: Learning the Lessons of the Anthrax Attacks
Richard E. Dixon, M.D., and David J. Sencer, M.D., M.P.H.



Burns: From Treatment to Prevention
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

Water heaters should be set below 120oF (49oC) to avoid scald injuries. Read more >


Giant Cell Arteritis
Peter Barland, M.D.

Always taper off steroid medications slowly, otherwise you risk upsetting the body's natural hormone production. Read more >


To Sydney and Beyond
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

If you are short of breath in the days following a long airplane trip, see a doctor ASAP. Read more >


Bioterrorism — Are We Prepared?
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

For most of us, bioterrorism seems out there with alien invaders as something likely to occur on television but not in real life. Read more >


Drowning and Near-Drowning: Prevention and Treatment
Dipak Chandy, M.D.

If swimming or boating, avoid all drugs and alcohol. Read more >


The Human Genome Project: What It Means for You
James R. Lupski, M.D., Ph.D.

A mutation can be caused by a change in a whole chromosome or involve just one base pair of a specific gene. Read more >





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