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A spreading epidemic of obesity threatens the well-being of countless American children.

  • Aug. 26th, 2010  |
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On July 8, I visited the gravesite of Army Sgt. Daniel Tallouzi in Santa Fe’s National Cemetery to pay my respects and to place flowers at his headstone.

  • July 29th, 2010  |
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Add pesticides to the list of suspected causes of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children.

Sometimes scientific discovery outpaces our ability to comprehend its implications and to construct safeguards and ethical boundaries around it. Such is the case in recent work in which the genome (the genetic blueprint) of a bacterium was created in a research laboratory.

As we approach Memorial Day, the United States is in its ninth year of combat in Afghanistan and seventh year of fighting in Iraq. As of last week, 4,226 American servicemen and women had died in combat and 1,056 in non-hostile circumstances. Almost 38,000 had been wounded. Psychological casualties cannot be computed.

The challenge of controlling costs of health care is sharply illustrated by Tennessee's overuse of prescription drugs.

Research focused upon effectiveness of new drugs could save billions of dollars in health care costs each year. Antidepressant medications are a prime example.

Last weekend's historic vote by Congress for health care reform is a beginning. Access to affordable health care will be substantially expanded. Financial projections by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office indicate that savings will be realized while care is extended. Substantial challenges remain if we are to offer opportunities for improved health to all Americans.

  • March 25th, 2010  |
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One sad headline follows another: murders at Fort Hood, Texas; faculty shootings at the University of Alabama at Huntsville; a deliberate crash of a private airplane into an office building in Austin, Texas.

  • March 11th, 2010  |
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In a little publicized update in January, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised mothers to breastfeed their infants during their first year of life if possible.

  • Feb. 25th, 2010  |
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