January 18, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Food is medicine: How US policy is shifting toward nutrition for better health

Policymakers are responding to a growing recognition of food as medicine. udra11/Shutterstock.com In this new year, millions of Americans will make resolutions about healthier eating. In 2019, could U.S. government leaders further resolve to improve healthier eating as well, joining public health experts in seeing that food is medicine? In

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January 16, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Why victims of Catholic priests need to hear more than confessions

Pope Francis speaking to cardinals Dec. 21, 2018 at the Vatican. Filippo Monteforte/AP Pool Pope Francis has criticized U.S. Catholic bishops for how they handled the pervasive sexual abuse of children by predatory priests. He even called for a new management method and mindset in dealing with this crisis. Most

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January 15, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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How to train the body’s own cells to combat antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic-resistant germs can thrive in the presence of these drugs. Lightspring/Shutterstock.com Drug-resistant superbugs have threatened human health for decades. The situation is getting worse because of the shortage of new antibiotics. But what if we changed the way we aim to treat them, and trained our cells to kill these

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January 14, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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Acute flaccid myelitis: What is the polio-like illness paralyzing US children?

Illustrative image of virus associated with acute flaccid myelitis. Lightspring/Shutterstock.com I experienced déjà vu when I took care of a child with acute flaccid myelitis in 2014, one of the first cases of its kind at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in many years. I had taken care of polio

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January 11, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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The politics of fear: How fear goes tribal, allowing us to be manipulated

White nationalists clash with protesters at the Aug. 12, 2017 Charlottesville, Va. rally that turned deadly violent. Steve Helber/AP Photo Fear is arguably as old as life. It is deeply ingrained in the living organisms that have survived extinction through billions of years of evolution. Its roots are deep in

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January 09, 2019 by Contributor in Archived
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How to increase your chances of sticking with your resolutions

Staying on track with exercise goals can be hard without a plan to deal with stressors that get in the way. Flamingo Images/Shutterstock.com The beginning of every new year comes with resolutions and plans for behavior change. Often the quest to improve health behaviors, such as losing weight, increasing physical

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