Category Archives: health

In the News: Why prescription drugs are bankrupting us

Few dispute the notion that prices for pharmaceutical drugs in the U.S. are too high – especially when compared to those of other nations. An op-ed piece in today’s New York Times looks at that issue and finds several reasons. Among … Continue reading

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Ebola – and the new era of infectious disease

By Len Maniace Unlike other world-changing events, the first reports of the current Ebola epidemic are not stamped into memories. For the record, the World Health Organization issued its first public announcement on March 23rd of this year, reporting that … Continue reading

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To salt or not to salt? Weighing the evidence to set policy

By Len Maniace First some fun facts on sodium in our diet: * Experts estimate that Americans on average consume more than three times the sodium than was typical of prehistoric humans. * Only about 5 percent of the sodium … Continue reading

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Reported: A health advance in Mexico that’s eluded us

A fascinating story on how Mexico is dealing with obesity and the junk food that’s implicated in this epidemic sweeping that nation and ours. Mexico enacted a junk food tax that goes beyond the soda tax approved by New York … Continue reading

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Reported: All calories are not alike

From today’s Times’ Week in Review section, a piece by David S. Ludwig and Mark I. Friedman: more research saying processed foods that feature simple sugars and carbohydrates are the culprit behind why so many of us are overweight. Another … Continue reading

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Local food, New York’s connection to the countryside

By Len Maniace Despite a wind that can feel more like March than May, there’s cause to celebrate at New York’s Greenmarkets, the first local produce of spring is in. There’s broccoli rabe, spinach, asparagus and ramps – sometimes called … Continue reading

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Building healthy living into our environment: let’s walk

By Len Maniace We’ve been conditioned to think of rural and suburban communities as ideal for healthy living, while cities as the opposite. In fact, a good case could be made for cities as champions of healthy living. Cities are … Continue reading

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