A freelance health writer and editor based in Wisconsin, Phillips has a degree from Harvard University. He is a former Editorial Assistant for Diabetes Self-Management and has years of experience covering diabetes and related health conditions. Phillips writes on a variety of topics, but is especially interested in the intersection of health and public policy.
Eric Tozer, a runner with Type 1 diabetes, is attempting the World Marathon Challenge, a weeklong stretch of marathons. No one with the condition has ever attempted this weeklong stretch of marathons before…
A new study shows that most forms of hormonal birth control are safe in women with diabetes — but with slightly different risks of heart-related complications. Which birth control option is best for you?
A new study shows — yet again — that the United States pays far more for health care than any other country, with limited access and only mediocre outcomes. What can be done to lower prices and improve quality and access?
A new law aims to let seniors know if they might face unexpected charges — not covered by Medicare — related to staying in a hospital for “observation.” But is this notification enough to fix the problem?
A new health insurance company is trying to lower its costs — and premiums — by limiting enrollees’ choice of doctors, while making it easier to work with doctors who are in the network. Will this plan work?
A new study shows that watching TV ads for junk food leads to increased food intake among children — practically right away. Are there good ways to limit exposure to these kinds of ads, or the cravings that follow?
Medicare is poised to expand its competitive bidding program for blood glucose testing supplies — even though this program has been found to disrupt the regular delivery of items to some people. Should Medicare suspend the program?
A recent review of studies finds that single people who undergo bariatric surgery lose more weight than married people — and that the aftermath of the surgery can strain relationships. Can these pitfalls be avoided?
Afrezza, the second inhaled insulin product to reach the market, is suffering from disappointing sales — just like the first attempt at inhaled insulin. Is the idea of inhaled insulin doomed, or could another attempt succeed?
A new study shows that when told a food is healthy, people tend to see it as less filling — and actually feel less full after eating it. Can we trick ourselves into feeling satisfied when eating healthier foods?
For the last three years, Medicare has penalized hospitals for readmitting too many patients after certain procedures. Is this fair, and are there better ways to prevent complications and readmissions?
A large body of evidence shows that gut bacteria play an important role in our health — but feeding and supporting those bacteria can be difficult and even uncomfortable. How far should you go for your gut?
More than five years after Congress passed a requirement for chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus, the FDA has delayed implementing the rule by another year. Is this delay justified?
Outrage ensued after the CEO of fitness company CrossFit posted insulting comments about people with diabetes on Twitter. What was the best way to respond, and did the CEO have a valid point underneath the insult?
Candy manufacturing giant Mars Inc. has declared its support for requiring “added sugars” to be listed on every food nutrition label. Can a candy maker be a partner in the effort to reduce sugar consumption, or should its motives be questioned?
Several large companies are offering their employees low-cost, low-benefit health insurance plans that don’t follow federal guidelines for coverage and affordability. Should these “skinny plans” be allowed?
A recent incident involving a school bus driver and a girl with diabetes has raised eyebrows, and tempers. But it begs a larger question: When is it appropriate to accommodate the needs of people with health conditions like diabetes?
Three huge beverage companies have pledged to help cut the calories Americans get from their drinks. Are soda makers showing their willingness to cooperate with health advocates, or will the fight to limit sugary beverages continue?
A new study finds that elementary school students have grown to like the healthier lunches they’ve been served since Congress enacted new standards in 2012. Will all students soon eat their vegetables?
Congressional Republicans want to give schools more flexibility in their lunch programs, while Senate Democrats and Michelle Obama are standing by current nutritional standards. Which side should prevail?
A study shows that professional athletes tend to endorse high-calorie, low-nutrient foods and beverages. Do athletes — or people with diabetes — have a special responsibility to promote healthful products?
Diabetes and pregnancy have never had an easy relationship in the public eye. But while having diabetes makes pregnancy and childbirth more complicated, it does not rule out the possibility of having a healthy baby…
Weight management is a constant struggle for many people with diabetes. While the exact relationship between overweight and Type 2 diabetes is not known, there is ample evidence that losing at least some excess weight tends to help with diabetes control…
Walking is the most popular form of exercise in the United States and throughout most of the world. Regular walking has been linked to significant health benefits, including weight loss, reduced cardiovascular risk, and reduced risk of cancer…
According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly one-third of adults in the United States are obese. This proportion is certainly higher among people with diabetes; insulin resistance, a hallmark of Type 2 diabetes, and obesity are both elements of the metabolic syndrome…