Sunday, February 7, 2016

Why is Zika ‘exploding’ across the Americas? The Aedes aegyptei mosquito

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 6:30 AM
The rapid spread of the Zika virus through the Americas, infecting hundreds of thousands of people in Brazil alone since May 2015, is the latest episode in a long running battle between human populations and the ubiquitous Aedes aegyptei mosquito. Zika is exploding because this particular mosquito... Read more

Lead in Flint: This is America

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 6:30 AM
Our outrage at the poisoning of the people of Flint, Mich. - and the way the government failed, once again, its poorest and most disenfranchised citizens - is hard to contain. As a nation, to deal with such crises effectively, we need to overcome racism and lax enforcement of environmental regulations... Read more

Latest battle in ongoing mosquito war: Zika

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 11:32 AM
Perhaps the longest war humans have ever fought is the war on disease. Now there is a new front, approaching from the Caribbean and South America: Zika. Many battles have focused on wiping out mosquitoes, the carriers of Yellow Fever, which killed 5,000 Philadelphians (10 percent of the city’s... Read more

Emergency preparedness: states need to step up (and so do you)

Monday, January 18, 2016, 6:30 AM
In 2015 we watched the raging Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. The lessons for the United States became clear: We need an effective means of preventing, detecting, diagnosing, and responding to outbreaks, and this must be done not just at the international level, by the World Health Organization... Read more

How committed are we to improving our nation’s mental health?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 6:30 AM
In this season of New Year’s resolutions, perhaps we should resolve to improve things for the nearly 20% of Americans who experience mental illnesses and the more than 8% with substance use disorders. Mental illnesses are as disabling as cardiovascular diseases and cancers, and may be just as... Read more

Move over New Year’s. It’s time for Monday’s Resolutions.

Monday, January 4, 2016, 6:30 AM
New Year’s resolutions are made to be broken. At least, that’s what some people would say, given that only 8% actually achieve their New Year’s goals, according to academic research. No matter what your resolution is - whether it’s losing weight, getting fit, or quitting smoking... Read more

Public health consequences of Islamophobia

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 10:15 AM
Donald Trump has built his presidential campaign on demonizing immigrant and religious minorities without regard for the damage he instills. At Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate it was more of the same. In the wake of Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, there have been a record number... Read more

Drought and health: What can Pa. and N.J. learn from California?

Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:30 AM
In recent months, drought watches have been declared for more than half the counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey due to below-normal precipitation combined with low water supply. This has not made headlines on the East Coast. A “drought watch” is just one notch above normal. (Serious... Read more

Housing: The neglected first-line treatment to end HIV/AIDS

Friday, December 4, 2015, 5:30 AM
For people with a home, HIV can be a manageable condition. But for those without stable housing, HIV remains extremely dangerous, even deadly. Now, with an end to HIV in sight, ACT UP is calling on Philadelphia to tackle its years-long waiting list for housing for people with HIV. ACT UP has a long... Read more

Kissing Bugs: Kiss Off!

Monday, November 30, 2015, 9:49 AM
Kissing Bugs (scientific name Triatomine Bug) are in the news these days. They get their name from the fact that they like to bite humans around the mouth and eyes—at night when they are enjoying a blood meal. Not only is that not very romantic, it can be dangerous. Kissing bugs can carry the... Read more
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What is public health — and why does it matter?

Through prevention, education, and intervention, public health practitioners - epidemiologists, health policy experts, municipal workers, environmental health scientists - work to keep us healthy.

It’s not always easy. Michael Yudell, Jonathan Purtle, and other contributors tell you why.

Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH Associate Professor, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MSc Assistant Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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