Saturday, August 29, 2015

Why all the news about Legionnaires' disease?

Monday, August 24, 2015, 7:32 PM
Legionnaires’ disease has been in the news a bunch this summer. An outbreak in New York City caused 12 deaths. A West Chester University employee was confirmed to be infected with the disease last month, Legionella bacteria were found in university cooling towers and then again in hot water systems... Read more

Epidemic: heroin addiction … again. What will it take this time?

Monday, August 17, 2015, 6:30 AM
Last month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that our country is facing a major public health epidemic. Hint: it isn’t Ebola or SARS. And it isn’t avian flu or any of the other scary sounding public health threats that so often raise alarm bells in the media. What... Read more

The 2015 GOP Debate: No surprises to answers on health care

Monday, August 10, 2015, 11:53 AM
Ten Republican Presidential candidates appeared in the primetime debate on August 6: Senator Marco Rubio from Florida, Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, Former Governor Jeb Bush from Florida, Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky, Governor Chris Christie from New Jersey, Governor Scott Walker from Wisconsin,... Read more

Republican candidate answers to questions on health care

Friday, August 7, 2015, 2:51 PM
Note: This report covers only the first “undercard debate.” A report on the second ten-candidate debate will follow. The first republican candidate debate on August 6th featured former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal... Read more

The state budget impasse puts the health of our economy and our most vulnerable citizens at risk

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 3:45 PM
At some point in our lives, most of us learn the “penny wise, pound foolish” lesson. And usually, for those of us who are stubborn, we learn the hard way. We put off dealing with that rattle in the car, we push roof repairs to the next season, or we opt for “quick fixes” that... Read more

At the intersection of social ills and personal health: hospital readmission fines

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 3:30 PM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has documented that social factors, like income, education, and family, have a big impact on health. Some experts estimate that these factors account for as much as 40 percent of our health. Hospitals experience this reality every day when they... Read more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce fights anti-smoking laws worldwide. So what?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 6:30 AM
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, it turns out, actively campaigns against anti-tobacco laws in countries around the world. The New York Times recently reported that the national business lobbying organization, along with its foreign affiliates, has become “the hammer for the tobacco industry, engaging... Read more

How are our kids doing?

Monday, July 27, 2015, 6:30 AM
Every year the Annie E. Casey Foundation releases its Kids Count Data Book, giving us a picture of how America’s children are doing in terms of health, education, and economic status. The foundation is particularly concerned about the 16.4 million children living in poverty and it is hopeful... Read more

Questions for Fox News to ask the Republican presidential candidates

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 6:30 AM
Aug. 6 is the first Republican presidential candidate debate sponsored by Fox News and Facebook (for the top 10 contenders) and the Republican presidential candidate forum (for those candidates who don’t make the debate). Mark your calendar! Just four weeks to go. Who knows how many candidates... Read more

The dangers of wire grill brushes

Friday, July 3, 2015, 6:30 AM
“A 40-year-old woman presented to a local emergency room complaining of throat pain,” the case description begins. “The pain started suddenly while eating chicken breast prepared on a grill, and it worsened with swallowing. She described the pain as constant . . .” We have... 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, Drexel University School of Public Health
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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