Policymakers are responding to a growing recognition of food as medicine.
Diet-related illnesses cost more than US$1 trillion and immeasurable human suffering and pain. Policymakers are beginning to understand that it makes sense to support food-as-medicine initiatives.
Pope Francis speaking to cardinals Dec. 21, 2018 at the Vatican.
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Sex abuse by Catholic priests may be as devastating in many cases as sex abuse by a family member because of institutional betrayal, two trauma psychologists write. It calls for special measures.
Aaron Rowe of the Architect of the Capitol’s office, which is not affected by the partial government shutdown, shovels snow left by a winter storm on the U.S. Capitol’s plaza.
The shutdown poses a very real threat to preparedness for future emergencies, such as natural disasters and disease outbreaks.
Antibiotic-resistant germs can thrive in the presence of these drugs.
Our bodies have a set of defenses that are finely tuned for killing invading microbes. With rising cases of drug-resistant bacteria, maybe boosting our natural defenses is the best medicine.
Illustrative image of virus associated with acute flaccid myelitis.
A polio-like virus has afflicted more than 500 children in the US in the past five years. A doctor who has treated children with the disease explains the symptoms.
White nationalists clash with protesters at the Aug. 12, 2017 Charlottesville, Va. rally that turned deadly violent.
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Fear is very much a part of humans' survival. Demagogues and others who want to manipulate have learned that this human trait can be exploited, often with disastrous consequences.
Staying on track with exercise goals can be hard without a plan to deal with stressors that get in the way.
Behavior change is very hard. Try as we might to keep those New Year's resolutions, many have given up by this time. Here are some ways to keep going and stay on track, from a counseling psychologist.
A mix of fats, such as those found in nuts, avocados, salmon and olives, could be healthy and more satisfying.
When did eating become so confusing? In the 1960s, studies began to show a link between heart disease and dietary fat, and fat was demonized. As it turns out, fat is nuanced and may not be so bad.
Different genes drive cancer growth in males and females.
Male and female tumors are different. Researchers are now hoping to exploit these sex-specific differences to treat brain cancer. This might improve survival for everyone.
Women’s education levels affect when they have children.
How do women decide how many children to have and when to have them? The data reveal a few major patterns.
Doctors can play a role not only in the treatment of their patients but also broader issues.
The knowledge and experience of doctors offer much-needed lessons for our rancorous society.
Physicians often have reasons for prescribing a specific drug.
Insurance companies sometimes try to cut costs by substituting less expensive drugs for a specific drug prescription. That's raising problems in many cases, and actually causing harm.
Eating right is good for families.
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Many of the low-income people who do use VeggieBook after downloading it at food pantries are eating more nutritious meals, often with more focused family time at the table.
Exercise and activity are important parts of living the lives humans are meant to live from an evolutionary standpoint.
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As the new year gets underway, millions will make resolutions. The author explains why resolving to live in accordance with the way humans have evolved could go a long way to increasing happiness.
No longer tangled and pointing in the right direction.
Fixes for small pieces of massive problems show that overarching crises may be less hopeless than they appear.
Foodborne pathogens can cause mild to serious intestinal distress.
Millions of people travel during the holidays, eager to spend time with loved ones. That travel, along with exposure to new bacteria, can make you more vulnerable to foodborne illnesses.
Studies have suggested that teens’ perception of risk in these products is influenced by flavor.
E-cigarette usage among teens has surged. A tobacco control expert explains how flavors may be contributing.
The U.S. is getting older, more suburban and less fertile.
Older. More suburban. Less fertile. More diverse. This year, Americans grappled with some major shifts in the demographic landscape.
Even when black men attain higher education and greater social status, their health is still not as good as white men’s health, a study this year found.
If a person in the US has lots of money, he or she has access to some of the best health care in the world. The story is very different for poor people and minorities.
Listening to friends who are grieving can be more important than saying something.
For many who know someone who has lost a loved one, it can be hard to know what to say or how to respond. For those who have lost a loved one, the silence can be deafening. Some things to keep in mind.
Pharmaceutical companies have traditionally been the ones to develop drugs. But for rare diseases university researchers may play a role.
Developing drugs is typically the domain of large pharmaceutical companies. But here is an example of drug development for a rare pediatric brain cancer that was done in a university setting.
Most people are fine with a drink, but when one becomes several, there may be a problem.
Drinking among older adults is up. And while overdrinking may not pose an immediate threat of overdose, it is not healthy for seniors, many of whom take several medications and are at risk for falls.
The homecoming of estranged family members at the holidays can be joyous and taxing.
Connection with others is vital to our well-being. For many people, though, connecting with family members who have hurt us, or whom we have hurt, is difficult. A psychologist offers some advice.
Austin, Texas contractor Mike Hewitt, who depends on insurance provided by the Affordable Care Act. A Texas judge ruled Dec. 14, 2018 that the law is unconstitutional.
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A judge in Texas ruled Dec. 14 that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. His ruling has no immediate effect, however, except to signal more perils ahead for the health care law.
The Grinch as depicted in the recently released movie ‘The Grinch.’
Dr. Seuss' most famous character has a lot to teach us about heart.