Saturday, November 28, 2015

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

The Affordable Care Act and States’ wrong

Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 6:30 AM
The Supreme Court issued a lot of important and sensible rulings last week: enshrining marriage equality as the law of the land, supporting the Fair Housing Law claims of disparate impact, and ruling that the Affordable Care Act subsidies are legal in every state. More work awaits those fighting for... Read more

Save patient safety agency before it’s too late

Friday, June 26, 2015, 11:54 AM
This week, while the public was focused on how the Supreme Court would rule on health care insurance exchanges, Congress was at work eliminating funding for an agency that's part of the Public Health Service. Why should you care? You should if you want to know which drugs, medical devices and clinical... Read more

It’s a dog’s life: the growing challenge of pet obesity

Friday, June 26, 2015, 6:30 AM
Dogs are an integral part of the American family. Our dogs attend daycare, enjoy visits to the spa, and accompany their families on vacation—sometimes staying in pet-friendly hotels that serve gourmet dog food. Pooches can have dedicated electronic devices; a sizable number have accounts... Read more

Maternal mortality: A problem with solutions

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6:30 AM
Rates of maternal mortality (deaths within one year of the end of a pregnancy) are too high in the United States and too high in Philadelphia. There are solutions to this problem. That is the conclusion of an investigative report issued last month by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. A... Read more

Should you worry about MERS?

Friday, June 5, 2015, 6:30 AM
With more than 1,600 people quarantined in South Korea and outbreaks elsewhere, you may be wondering: what is MERS and do I need to worry? Here are some quick facts: MERS (technically MERS-CoV) stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronovirus. In plain language, MERS is a viral respiratory... 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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