Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ethics

University of Pennsylvania must end its investments in tobacco

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:30 AM
Across the United States, the tide continues to turn against tobacco. The struggle to stem the local, national and global health crisis created by tobacco has now reached a pivotal point here in Philadelphia: At their June 19-20 meeting, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania will vote on a... Read more

Ethicist Bernard Rollin: 'This Ain't Agriculture: How Industrial Agriculture Hurts Animals and the Public's Health'

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 6:30 AM
There are few issues in the public sector today that affect us all in the way that industrial animal agriculture does. We all eat, and almost all of the food we consume is produced by this system. Not only aren’t most of us aware of the nature of the system that provides us with our food sources... Read more

The dilemma of prescription opioids: Shifting attitudes towards the pain patient

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 5:30 AM
Shortly after a 48-hour bout of immobilizing back pain and a visit to the emergency room where he received Percocet, my husband went to his primary care doctor to discuss managing the continuing pain and numbness. What he encountered took him aback. Perhaps concerned about “drug-seeking behavior... 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

Impact of Pa.'s Medicaid expansion delay? Study says up to 1,500 deaths in one year

Friday, January 31, 2014, 6:30 AM
When Pennsylvania and 24 other states opted out of—or delayed opting into—the Medicaid expansion, they put a lot of lives on the line. Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians would have gained health insurance on Jan. 1 had the state accepted the federal money offered under the Affordable... Read more

$1.1 billion is merely the headline in momentous California lead paint case

Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 6:30 AM
Update: A California judge on Tuesday, Jan. 7, issued a final verdict that added another $50 million to what the companies must pay. On Monday, a California judge ordered three corporations —Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries, and ConAgra—to contribute $1.1 billion into a state-run fund... Read more

Why we should all care about reproductive justice

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 6:30 AM
To avoid confusion, I want to make clear that this blog is not about abortion. Repeat: This is not a blog about abortion. What I am interested in is a discussion about other issues that are very much a part of the modern day movement for reproductive justice and too often get short shrift in policy... Read more

‘Orange is the New Black’ says a lot of what we need to hear about prison

Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 6:30 AM
Have you seen Netflix’s new critically acclaimed series Orange is the New Black? If you haven’t, you should. The series, based on the real life experiences of Piper Kerman, who served over a year in federal prison for her involvement in a drug trafficking scheme, offers a gripping look... Read more

New (questionable) claims for a cause of autism

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 6:30 AM
Every so often a science news story comes along proclaiming that we are on the cusp of a revolutionary new understanding of autism spectrum disorders. In the past few years, research showing that genes, environmental factors, or some combination of the two cause or contribute to the development of... Read more

The AMA says obesity is a disease. Is that healthy?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 6:30 AM
At its recent annual meeting, American Medical Association (AMA) delegates rejected the advice of their own Committee on Science and Public Health and voted to reclassify obesity as a disease rather than a condition or disease risk factor. Proponents believe that this reclassification by the nation’s... 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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