Tuesday, November 24, 2015

'Extra, Extra, Get Your (Healthy) Bananas!'

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 6:30 AM
Gluten-free diets (excluding gluten protein found in grains) are used to treat celiac, an immune system disease affecting about 1 percent of the population. Celiac is diagnosed by intestinal biopsy. Lately, gluten-free diets have become popular with people who believe it helps with depression or weight... Read more

A vaccine against the epidemic of mass imprisonment

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 6:30 AM
A powerful group of United States senators unveiled a bill last month designed to reform federal criminal sentencing laws. If passed, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 will begin to address some of the most troubling areas of federal criminal sentencing – the cause, many experts... Read more

Bacon! (And health!)

Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:30 AM
The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer got bacon lovers upset with its recent report linking cancer to the consumption of processed meat and red meat. One newspaper columnist asked, “What does cancer study mean for Southern eating habits?” And answered:... Read more

Is poverty a crime?

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:30 AM
One story in Philadelphia recently captured a lot of attention. Just before midnight on a Friday two weeks ago, a SEPTA police officer found 2-year-old Jeremiyah wandering in LOVE Park, alone. He had no shoes and no coat, despite the fact it was one of the coldest nights of the fall season thus far... Read more

Another life destroyed – almost – by allegedly reckless prescribing

Friday, October 23, 2015, 11:06 AM
A Philadelphia Inquirer story published on Philly.com last weekend about three men who died of drug addictions – and the physician whom their families allege got them hooked – has drawn a lively online discussion as well as heartrending emails from other parents who lost their children... Read more

Global Handwashing Day & other interesting stuff (really!)

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:30 AM
Did you know that Oct. 15 is Global Handwashing Day? Hand-washing is a vital public and personal health activity and one that grew up alongside germ theory in the late 1800s. The University of Virginia Historical Collections at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library has a terrific online exhibit... Read more

Remember what 'Aunt Sammy' said . . . about babies and drafts?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:30 AM
National Public Radio recently aired a segment headlined “South Korea’s Quirky Notions About Electric Fans.” It looked at the widespread belief that sleeping with electric fans blowing in the room could be dangerous. Is this totally a South Korean phenomenon? I ask because in 1930... Read more

A public health message from your pet

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 6:30 AM
It’s about time I got some recognition from the humans here at The Public’s Health, not to mention the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (It has a whole new website!) Yes, it’s me, your pet. I know you appreciate me. I help you keep fit. I lower your stress. I bring... Read more

50 years ago: Building the case against lead

Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:30 AM
The world is a lot less polluted with lead than it was a half-century ago, thanks in part to geochemist Clair Patterson. Fed up with lead contamination in his laboratory, he mounted a research campaign that overturned decades of misguided industry-sponsored science. In 1965 he published a game-changing... Read more

Screening in Bryn Mawr: 'Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution'

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 6:30 AM
Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution makes a return engagement locally Wednesday evening at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. It last showed here in 2013, and we loved this powerful and engrossing documentary about institutionalization of the mentally ill. We encourage you, if you have... Read more
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What is public health β€” 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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