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Face Masks Curb COVID
Laurie Wiegler

Masks help curb not just transmission, but also the novel coronavirus's reproduction rate. Read more >

Poverty and Prevention
Charlotte LoBuono

Income plays a big role in who does and doesn't get preventive heart care. Read more >

"You've Been Misinformed"
Laurie Wiegler

The COVID crisis has produced a deluge of news. Not all of it is fact-based, however. Read more >

Juice Box Confidential
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Parents hoping to pick a healthy drink for their kids are not getting much help from the FDA. Read more >

Location and Longevity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Where you live, in addition to your genes and lifestyle, has an impact on how long you live. How does your part of the U.S. stack up? Read more >

Get Smart about Food Labels
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The nutrition facts labels on the foods are a gold mine of health information. What to look for. Read more >

Eating Right in Difficult Times
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The fact that many of us must shelter in place with limited access to the foods we are used to is an opportunity as well as a handicap. Read more >

Putting the Brakes on COVID-19
Neil Wagner

International airports have a major role to play when it comes to preventing the spread of disease. What travelers need to know. Read more >

Short-Circuiting Premature Births
Charlotte LoBuono

Taking low-dose aspirin while pregnant can reduce the risk of hypertension and premature birth. Read more >

The Rising Cost of Having a Baby
Charlotte LoBuono

Out-of-pocket costs for pregnancy care have gone up by 50 percent and more since 2008, prompting many women to skip checkups. Read more >

Eight Baby Steps to a Better 2020
Leslie Carr

Here are some small steps you can take to stay on course for a happier and healthier 2020. Read more >

Hair Products and Cancer Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Cancer seems to be likelier among women who use hair coloring and hair straighteners. Black women are disproportionately at risk. Read more >

E-Records' Failing Grades
Neil Wagner

Electronic health records were supposed to liberate doctors, but docs gave them an "F" instead. Read more >

As Bad As New
Neil Wagner

New flame retardants appear to carry the same risks as the chemicals they are designed to replace. Read more >

MS Treatment Costs Skyrocket
Neil Wagner

The average cost for a year's supply of MS drugs has more than quadrupled, jumping from about $18,000 to $76,000 since 2006. Read more >

The Cannabis Chronicles
Charlotte LoBuono

As laws regulating cannabis are relaxed, parents can take precautions to keep kids safe. Read more >

Cut Your Cancer Risk...with Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Changing the way you eat could cut your risk of cancer by five percent or more, so why not consider it? Read more >

Processed Foods Fuel Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If you want to gain weight, processed foods are the way to do it. They add about 500 calories a day. Read more >

Beware of Diet Blogs
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Weight loss blogs can be uplifting, but the information they offer is often inaccurate and high calorie. Read more >

Save Billions in Healthcare Costs
Leslie Carr

If the US switched to pricing models used in Canada and the UK, the cost of drugs to Medicare could drop by as much as $73 billion a year. Read more >

What You're Not Eating Could Kill You
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating unhealthy food is not as bad for you as missing out on the nutrients in foods you don't eat. Read more >

Good and Bad News on Prescription Opioids
Charlotte LoBuono

The number of prescriptions written for opioids is falling, but more are being written for long durations. Read more >

Crickets: The Gateway Bug
Neil Wagner

Eating insects may help prevent colon cancer. They're also a cheap and environmentally-friendly source of protein. Read more >

Mindfulness, Via Smartphone
Leslie Carr

Cell phones can make us feel lonely, but they can also help us connect more and stay in the moment. Read more >

The Wallet-Well Being Connection
Charlotte LoBuono

Financial security and physical health are more closely linked than people probably think. Read more >

Health Data Privacy Scams
Neil Wagner

Companies will pay good money for information about you. This, along with tech advances, threatens the security of health data. Read more >

Cut Back on Takeout
Neil Wagner

Takeout containers are overtaking our landfills and shorelines. There are other options Read more >

Nature Meets Virtual Reality
Neil Wagner

VR gives us access to sights we might not otherwise visit. It may also help protect them. Read more >

Be Honest with Your Doctor
Charlotte LoBuono

If you withhold the truth from your doctor, you end up with a less-informed professional opinion. Some ideas to improve the conversation. Read more >

Some Cancers Aren't
Neil Wagner

Some cancerous growths are slow-moving and rarely life-threatening. Avoiding the term changes things. Read more >

How Do You Deal with Setbacks?
Charlotte LoBuono

Setbacks tell us important things about our goals. We just need to listen. Read more >

A Tip Sheet on Childhood Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Nutritionists weigh in on child obesity, offering tips for what parents can do to help. Read more >

A Growing Health Literacy Crisis
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

As medicine becomes more technical, people can have trouble understanding doctors' orders. Read more >

Water Pick
Neil Wagner

Choosing a water filter for your home is trickier than you may think, but they really can make a difference. Read more >

The Risks of Being a Night Owl
Charlotte LoBuono

Night owls live in an early-bird world and face serious health consequences. Change your biorhythms or change your job. Read more >

Kids in the Kitchen
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

One good way to give your kids healthy eating habits is to have them help prepare food at home. Read more >

The FDA's Premature Pronouncement on BPA
Neil Wagner

The FDA declared BPA to be safe, based on a yet-to-be-completed study. Scientists disagree. Read more >

Depression and Contraception
Charlotte LoBuono

Does taking birth control bring on depression? It depends on what birth control you take. Read more >

New Statistics on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Esther Entin, M.D.

Many more children suffer from the effects of mothers' drinking while pregnant than has been reported. Read more >

Hidden Hunger
Esther Entin, M.D.

A lack of money is only one reason people go hungry. A lack of stores offering fresh foods is another. Read more >

Breastfeeding and Diabetes
Esther Entin, M.D.

Breastfeeding reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes. Here's why. Read more >

Painkillers and Pregnancy
Alice G. Walton

Prenatal exposure to the painkiller acetaminophen has been linked to language and fertility issues. Read more >

Health Tips to Take into 2018
Leslie Carr

The new year is a clean slate that inspires us to try to do better. So here are some tips for body and mind to energize your efforts. Read more >

More Guns, More Gun Deaths
Neil Wagner

Two studies examine the idea that gun ownership and concealed carry laws protect us from gun violence. Read more >

Movies, Guns and Kids
Neil Wagner

What happens when kids who have seen a film clip featuring guns find one in a drawer? Read more >

STDs on the Rise
Esther Entin, M.D.

There was an "epidemic" rise in the rates of several sexually-transmitted infections last year, all treatable. Read more >

What It Really Costs to Develop New Cancer Drugs
Neil Wagner

Bringing a new drug to market is expensive, but it costs far less than we have supposed. Read more >

A GM Controversy in South Florida
Neil Wagner

The threat of dengue fever has inspired a move to genetically modify mosquitoes. But is the protection worth the risk? Read more >

Cancer's Unexpected Costs
Charlotte LoBuono

As cancer patients face the toxic effects of treatment, they also face ruinous bills for care. Read more >

Something Fine Is in the Air
Neil Wagner

Air pollution is down, but fine particles remain a major health threat. Read more >

Tooth Decay, Canadian Style
Neil Wagner

In Canada the costs of healthcare means limits to dental coverage. It also inspires comparisons. Read more >

It's a Not-So-Small World After All
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

About a third of all the people on the planet are overweight or obese. These countries have the highest average BMIs. Read more >

Measles Outbreaks and Travel
Charlotte LoBuono

Measles is highly contagious and picked up during travel. Check your immunity before going on vacation. Read more >

The True Cost of Wasted Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Farms and families throw out lots of food. Discarded nutrients could help feed millions of Americans. Read more >

Photo Sharing As Food Diary
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Taking a picture of your meal and posting it to social media brings diet support -- and accuracy. Read more >

To Prevent Alzheimer's, Start Early
Esther Entin, M.D.

In your 40s and worried about dementia? Try to reduce these cardiovascular risk factors. Read more >

Are You an Information-Avoider?
Alice G. Walton

We think we want to learn things, but if the information “hurts,” we may try to avoid it. Read more >

Bad News, Boomers
Esther Entin, M.D.

Baby boomers are supposed to have a one-time screening for hep C. So why aren't they getting it? Read more >

Heading Off School Problems Before They Start
Esther Entin, M.D.

Some kids start school already behind. Early intervention helps. Read more >

Paper Tiger
Neil Wagner

Chemicals in fast food wrappers can remain in your body for up to 10 years. Read more >

The Medical Bill You Weren't Expecting
Neil Wagner

When an out-of network doctor puts you out, the bill can knock you out all over again. Read more >

The Price of Health
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When we shop, we tend to assume more expensive foods are healthier. It's a gold mine for marketers. Read more >

Why Environmental Regulations Are a Bargain
Neil Wagner

The health costs of toxic chemicals like pesticides and flame retardants can exceed $340 billion a year. Read more >

Mall-Walking, Anyone?
Esther Entin, M.D.

There are lots of reasons too many people over 50 are inactive, but it's easy to build activity into your life. Read more >

Toxic Dust
Neil Wagner

A study finds carcinogens and endocrine disruptors in household dust -- all over the country. Read more >

Hidden Hearing Loss
Esther Entin, M.D.

Hearing problems like tinnitus now appear to reflect subtle noise damage routine exams often miss. Are you guilty of ear abuse? Read more >

The Rich Get Richer, The Poor Get Less Healthcare
Neil Wagner

A Harvard study finds the rich are buying more care; the poor, less. Read more >

Corporate Wellness Programs: Pros and Cons
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Corporate wellness programs can help; they can also be punitive and invade privacy. Read more >

Saving Billions, With Trees
Neil Wagner

When California measured the value to citizens of the trees lining its streets, the savings added up. Read more >

In Hand or Hands-Free, Cell Phones Distract
Alice G. Walton

Don't think hands-free will make you safer behind the wheel. Your brain has just so much bandwidth. Read more >

How to Be a Bad Boss
Neil Wagner

From nurses to stone masons, workers reported what their superiors do that increases job dissatisfaction and lowers morale. Read more >

Everybody In the Pool!
Esther Entin, M.D.

The water may be fine, but pools, spas and water parks can also be havens for water-borne pathogens. Read more >

Fighting Obesity at the Table
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Obesity is the product of many influences. The family is one of the best places to counteract them. Read more >

GMO Labeling Moves Ahead, For Now At Least
Neil Wagner

Many countries around the world require labeling of GMO foods. Now Vermont has a law on the books. Read more >

Under-Vaccinated Children, A New Public Health Threat
Esther Entin, M.D.

Parents, the decision not to vaccinate your child can put others at risk. Read more >

Violent Neighborhoods and Teen Homicide
Esther Entin, M.D.

Certain physical changes to violent areas can improve safety and could reduce teen homicides. Read more >

The Next Wave of Overdoses
Esther Entin, M.D.

Overdoses and deaths from anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax and Valium are way up. Here's why. Read more >

Weight Loss Plans — Over-Marketed and Under-Regulated
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Diet plans are easy to sell, and that, not weight-loss, may be their point. Read more >

The Politics of Food Science
Neil Wagner

You probably don't want to believe everything you read when it comes to claims about foods. Read more >

Crib Bumpers Are Deadly
Esther Entin, M.D.

Parents think they are doing a good thing when they put soft bumpers in their children's cribs. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read more >

Mighty Microminerals
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

You need to know if you are getting enough trace minerals like copper, selenium, and magnesium. Read more >

Daycare Couch Potatoes
Esther Entin, M.D.

Your child's daycare facility may reserve time for exercise outside, but that doesn't mean it happens. Read more >

Like Magic: A Quick Turn-Around For Kids’ Health
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Simply reducing sugar in the diets of children who are overweight changes their metabolism for the better. Read more >

Facing Food Insecurity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Inadequate access to good quality food has lasting and negative effects on children's development. Read more >

The Unfulfilled Promise of Healthcare Consolidation
Leslie Carr

Hospitals’ purchase of doctors’ practices should save money. So why isn't it working? Read more >

Bullies Can Be Stopped
Esther Entin, M.D.

Anti-bullying laws really can make a difference. Many states are having success. Here's how. Read more >

Antidepressant Found Unsafe for Children, Teens
Neil Wagner

Another look at the clinical trial data on an antidepressant found unreported dangers. Read more >

Screen Time Resets Teens’ Body Clocks
Esther Entin, M.D.

Late nights in front of a screen make it hard for teens to fall asleep. Parents may need to step in. Read more >

As Gun Laws Go, So Go Suicides
Neil Wagner

When gun licensing is enacted, suicides drop by as much as 40 percent. It's the opposite when such laws are repealed. Read more >

E-Cigarettes — Under-Regulated And Far From Risk-Free
Esther Entin, M.D.

E-cigarettes may be creating a new generation of smokers. Read more >

Workaholics, Overtime May Be Killing You
Neil Wagner

Working 10 to 15 hours of overtime each week greatly increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Read more >

Another Disease Re-Emerges
Esther Entin, M.D.

Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding is on the rise, thanks to parents who refuse preventive treatment. Read more >

Mammograms, More to Debate
Charlotte LoBuono

A recent report finds that in women over 50 and under 70, mammograms save lives. Read more >

Time to Stop Blaming Fat
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Four decades of nutrition wisdom may be overturned when the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are released later this year. Read more >

FDA Bans Trans Fats
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The FDA has banned partially hydrogenated oils starting in 2018. What to look for until then. Read more >

A Picture of Problem Drinking
Esther Entin, M.D.

Alcohol use disorders are common and often come with mental and physical health problems. Read more >

A Plan of Action for Desk Jockeys, Couch Potatoes
Neil Wagner

Guidelines for workers and employers to help get more people off their seats and on their feet. Read more >

What Noise Is Doing to Your Waistline
Neil Wagner

The more noise from trains, planes and automobiles you hear daily, the bigger your waist, and the more belly fat you are likely to have. Read more >

Car Seats and Baby Carriers Are Not Safe For Sleeping
Neil Wagner

Suffocation and falls are risks when kids fall asleep in car seats and carriers, Tips for parents. Read more >

Vitamin D in Health and Disease
Malcolm D. Kearns, M.D. and Vin Tangpricha, M.D., Ph.D.

Nearly half of the population is deficient in Vitamin D. Age, skin color and weight can put you at risk. Read more >

Why We “Love” Bad News
Alice G. Walton

Newspapers know that bad news draws us in more than good news. But there is a cost. Read more >

Successful Offensives in the Battle of The Bulge
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Cities have banned super-sized sodas and built bike lanes. What works? Read more >

Endocrine Disruptors’ New Threat: Early Menopause
Esther Entin, M.D.

Women exposed to EDCs enter menopause years early. How to avoid exposure. Read more >

Moderate Drinkers at Lower Risk for Heart Failure
Charlotte LoBuono

Drinking offers health benefits, particularly for the heart, that rapidly give way to health risks if you drink too much. Read more >

Chasing the Money: The High Cost of Billing and Insurance-Related Activities
Neil Wagner

Billing and insurance — chasing the money — is a huge and largely unnecessary portion of healthcare costs in the U.S. Read more >

Apps Help Dieters Lose Weight — If They Are Motivated
Charlotte LoBuono

Phone apps can help you lose weight, but it's what they can't do that makes the biggest difference. Read more >

More Children Are Harmed by Fetal Alcohol Exposure Than Previously Thought
Esther Entin, M.D.

When pregnant women drink alcohol, their babies drink with them. Read more >

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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