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Patrick Chatfield

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Patrick Chatfield is a digital editor at HealthCentral.com. He’s the assigning editor for Heart Health, Diabetes, Obesity, Respiratory Health, and Infectious Diseases. He also assists with social media, medical review, and site updates. He’s interested in all things related to science, technology, history, and public health.

Latest by Patrick Chatfield

Doctors meeting with pharmaceutical reps.
Medication

Does Opioid Marketing Affect Overdose Death Rates?

An observational study associates opioid marketing and overdose death rates, questioning the role of pharmaceutical companies and doctors in the opioid crisis.

Mother and young son picking carrots in the garden.
Nutrition

Could a Healthy Diet Save the World?

A diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in animal fat will not only help you lose weight, but it may also promote sustainable food production.

Penicillin allergy patient bracelets.
Medication

Are Penicillin Allergies Overestimated?

A group of doctors estimate that approximately 95 percent of patients with a recorded penicillin allergy can be treated with the staple antibiotic.

Diabetes specialist measuring a patient's blood sugar.
Living With

Does the U.S. Need More Diabetes Specialists?

Diabetes care falls between primary care physicians and endocrinologists. Will we need more specialists as diabetes becomes more common?

What Are Fortified Foods?

Government regulations require nutrients be added to some staple foods, but does it really work?

Myths about Drug and Alcohol Addiction

How to know what’s normal social behavior and when you might need help.