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Bernadine Healy M.D., is a health editor for U.S.News & World Report and writes the On Health column for the magazine. A Harvard- and Hopkins-trained physician, Healy is a past Director of the National Institutes of Health, where she started the Women's Health Initiative. She is currently a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and is a leader in patient care research and education.
Solving the HDL Mystery: There was big news on the heart front last week.
AIDS: We're Not There Yet: Last Friday was World AIDS Day.
Not Yet Dearly Departed: Leave it to Art Buchwald to bring humor to hospice.
To Have and Have Not: Lung cancer patients patients have new hope.
Closing in on a Breast Cancer Cure: Pink reigns in October.
Behind the Baby Count: We're a nation of beautiful babies.
Who Says What's Best?: Evidence-based medicine has the ring of scientific authority.
Obesity Gets an Early Start: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that obesity is one of our nation's biggest public-health dangers.
The sound and fury of HIV: The historic announcement in 1984 was one of those you-never-forget moments.
The once and future ER: All families need a navigation plan for the emergency room.
We're born to walk: For the average Joe or Jane, we need a concrete gauge of exercise performance to both motivate and monitor.
Birthing by appointment: More of our little ones are entering the world by elective C-section.
Ask and you shall receive: A patient can keep her Plan B prescription as Rx-in-waiting or have it filled and ready.
Calcium and common sense: Complex reports laden with statistics can easily obscure a message about individual health.
The young people's plague: With a mortality rate of over 50 percent, this bird flu has struck the young and able-bodied the hardest.
The tribulation of trials: Drug development and the human studies that bring them to sick patients are global efforts.
Reading the coffee beans: Confused about the food on your dining table or the pills in your medicine chest? Think "coffee."
The best is yet to be: The Women's Health Initiative points to a future in which medicine will be more predictive, preventive and personalized.
Food with a purpose: Nutrigenomics might be the answer to our epidemic of obesity and metabolic syndrome.
Let's talk Turkey: It's too early to be sure, but Turkey may be a turning point in the evolution of a potential pandemic.
Too slow for cancer: We need "a thousand lampposts to shed light on the darkness of our ignorance" of cancer genes.
Health Tips from Dr. Healy