Thursday, March 26, 2015

Who needs diets?

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6:30 AM
Search for “diet books” on amazon.com and you’ll get more than 150,000 results. Another website will tell you that an estimated 45 million Americans diet each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a healthy weight site with advice and the USDA's nutrition.gov... Read more

Housing, not asylums

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 6:30 AM
This is one in a mini-series of posts exploring the state of mental health care in America, and how to fix it. In the January issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) University of Pennsylvania bioethicists argued that “prisons have become the nation’s largest mental... Read more

Women doctors, Hollywood movies

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6:30 AM
Many films during Hollywood’s Golden Age (the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s) presented competent career women who, by the end of the movie, turned their backs on their successful careers to become happy homemakers, wives and mothers. The exception? Women physicians. Yes, there was marriage... Read more

App lets gamers play Disease Detective

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 6:30 AM
“Solve the Outbreak,” a free app developed for the general public by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, immerses game players in the world of Disease Detectives, the CDC’s equivalent of a SWAT team. These members of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) are the on-the-ground... Read more

'Asylums' vs. failed community care: a false choice for the severely mentally ill

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:30 AM
This is the second in a mini-series of posts–responses to a controversial essay by University of Pennsylvania bioethicists titled “Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care: Back the Asylum”–exploring the state of mental health care in America, and how to fix it. Just beyond the... Read more

Proposed 1920s orphanage study just one example in history of scientific racism

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 5:00 AM
In the late 1920s, scientists hatched an outrageous plan to settle a question at the heart of American racial thought: were differences between racial groups driven by environment or by heredity? In other words, was the racist social order of the time – white over black — an inevitable and... Read more

Seeking common ground in very different views of mental illness

Friday, February 27, 2015, 10:21 AM
A trio of ethicists from the University of Pennsylvania sparked some controversy last month by publishing an essay that was provocatively headlined “Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care: Bring Back the Asylum.” The authors–Dominic Sisti, Andrea Segal, and Ezekiel Emanuel– are... Read more

Gun violence galvanizes the health professions

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 6:30 AM
With over 120 different medical specialties, many with narrow perspectives, it’s easy for the medical community to miss the big picture of what’s most important to the public’s health. Not this time. Seven major medical organizations joined together Monday evening to publish “a... Read more

Smoking and the Oscars: A Scary Movie

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 8:00 AM
Something to ponder on Academy Awards night: 57 percent of Oscar-nominated movies include tobacco imagery. That’s actually the lowest in several years, according to a post by Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, who provides a fascinating spreadsheet... Read more

Life, liberty, and the right to infect others with measles: Rand Paul on vaccination

Monday, February 9, 2015, 6:30 AM
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky confirmed his membership in the “doctors who shouldn’t have gone into politics” club with his comments last week supporting the right of parents who don’t want their kids to be immunized. While acknowledging vaccines to be “one of the greatest... 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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