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Are we prepared for the next emergency?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 6:30 AM
Our ability to stop terrorists from turning passenger planes into missiles wasn't the nation's only deficiency back 13 years ago. The public health system wasn't fully prepared for emergencies like anthrax either. What progress have federal and state governments made in recent years to protect the... Read more

Facing the concussion risks of youth football

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:30 AM
After years of denying the link between football and brain disease, this month the National Football League’s own experts calculated that nearly one third of its players will go on to develop long-term cognitive problems after retirement. The league’s new stance might help shift public... Read more

Blaming moms for vaccine trends

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6:30 AM
Across the country, worries about children’s vaccination rates have accelerated in light of outbreaks of measles and pertussis and the growing number of children whose parents have withheld one or more vaccines because of personal beliefs. In news reports on these trends, parents who forgo vaccines... Read more

Pertussis (whooping cough): Not just for kids

Friday, September 19, 2014, 6:30 AM
An over-60 adult I know recently got a pertussis vaccine shot at a medical checkup. The next day, driving past my local pharmacy, I saw signs advertising pertussis shots along with the notices for flu shots. Pertussis, long known as whooping cough, is a childhood ailment, isn’t it? Nope. Children... Read more

The anguish of youth suicide

Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:30 AM
If you were walking on a college campus today, could you identify the minds that are plagued by despair and suicidal urges? How many would tell you there’s nothing I can do to make it better… my family would be better off without me … no one would miss me if I am gone? In fact, 18... Read more

You’ve heard of Plan B? Now there’s Plan C

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 6:30 AM
“Abortion by Mail” was the name of a provocative cover story in the Aug. 31 issue of the New York Times Magazine. The article describes efforts by reproductive rights activists to create “virtual clinics” by making the abortion inducing drugs mifepristone and misoprostol available... Read more

Confusion about the pelvic exam

Friday, September 5, 2014, 6:30 AM
The American College of Physicians (ACP) issued new guidelines over the summer advising against routine pelvic examinations for asymptomatic, non-pregnant adult women who have low risk for uterine or ovarian cancers. The guidelines continue to advocate routine examination of the cervix as well as... Read more

Medicaid expansion: What to expect

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 9:11 AM
On Thursday, August 28th we got the news that the Federal Government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved, with some changes, the Healthy Pennsylvania plan for Medicaid expansion. The official statement is here. And the official letter is here. Thanks to the Affordable... Read more

What determines your health?

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 5:30 AM
Question: What factors determine your health? Your genes? Your level of education? Where you live? How much money you have? How you behave? How easy it is for you to see a good doctor? Answer: All of the above, and many more. But how much does each one of these factors individually contribute to... Read more

Battling demons? When it comes to mental illness, language matters

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5:30 AM
We’ve seen it written dozens of times in the past week: Robin Williams was battling demons. What does this mean, anyway? For some reason, we tend to use mystical metaphors to describe the suffering of those with a mental illness, particularly depression. These images play off of anachronistic... Read more
About this blog

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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