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Obamacare, in the words of regional administrator Nancy O'Connor

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 6:30 AM
Last week, I sat down with Nancy O’Connor, administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Region 3 (Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC) to talk about how to find affordable health insurance before the Marketplace closes on March 31 for... Read more

What common trauma injury isn't treated at trauma centers? PTSD

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 6:30 AM
It’s not just military veterans who develop post-traumatic stress disorder. As described in a previous post, what’s known today as PTSD has been observed in people who experienced traumatic events for centuries if not millennia. One relatively common event that can cause PTSD is a serious... Read more

Putting pressure on tobacco retailers

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 6:30 AM
Last month's announcement by CVS/Pharmacy that it would “stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores nationwide by October 1, 2014” has focused attention on the role that retail outlets play in their sale. If other major retailers were to follow CVS/Pharmacy’s... Read more

Examining lovesickness: DSM vs. Springsteen diagnostics

Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 6:30 AM
Last May the American Psychiatric Association released the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders, known as DSM-V. Sometimes called the “Bible of Psychiatry,” the DSM-V provoked complaints about the diagnostic criteria it included, whether new diagnoses... Read more

Come join us at ‘Study Hall’!

Friday, February 21, 2014, 12:45 PM
Beginning Saturday night, Feb. 22, and then monthly for the next three months (March 22, April 26, May 24), the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival show Study Hall will be returning to the Adrienne Theater in Center City for an hour of history and improv. Study Hall, directed by Philadelphia Improv... Read more

Why are our kids still dying in car crashes?

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 6:30 AM
People who work in public health often see the glass as half empty. Troubling health reports remind us where public health strategies have failed to take hold to prevent lost lives or injuries. Grim health statistics often underscore the number of people living with diseases that could have been prevented... Read more

World War I debut of the "motorized ambulance"

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 6:30 AM
One of the developments of World War I that still shapes health care today is what was once called the “motorized ambulance.” Automotive transport of the wounded supplemented and ultimately replaced the horse-drawn wagons used to evacuate casualties from the battlefield. Many famous people... Read more

If vodka doesn't kill the Russians, anti-gay bias might

Friday, February 14, 2014, 6:30 AM
The Olympics have brought attention and scrutiny to Russia’s policies on homosexuality for infringing upon the human rights of its citizens and visitors. But could the the country's position on gays and lesbians also pose a hazard to the health of its citizens? As we’ve written about in... Read more

Electronic Nicotine Inhalers (a.k.a. e-cigarettes): Worth a try?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 6:30 AM
It’s been hard to avoid stories in the news about “electronic cigarettes”—battery-powered devices that in many cases look like regular cigarettes but instead deliver a vaporized mix of nicotine, flavor additives, and traces of the chemicals left over from extracting nicotine... Read more

CVS bans cigarette sales. Who’s next?

Friday, February 7, 2014, 6:30 AM
Kudos to CVS/Pharmacy for joining the fight against smoking. Earlier this week the retail giant announced that it would “stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores nationwide by October 1, 2014.” The decision comes as CVS/Pharmacy moves towards expanding... 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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