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Jonathan Purtle

Can flu cause mental illness?

Thursday, May 23, 2013, 6:30 AM
In a Psych. 101 class many years ago, I remember learning that some mental disorders were more common among people born in winter and spring. The reason was unclear. I pretty much forgot about this interesting factoid until reading about a recent study that found evidence of a link between some... Read more

Am I racist?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 9:36 AM
According to an online test developed by Harvard psychologists, I have a moderate preference toward white people. I—a liberal white male who deeply cares about racial equity—was quicker to assign positive words (e.g., joy, love, peace) to faces of white people and negative words (e.g.... Read more

Portion size: Paree vs Philly

Friday, April 26, 2013, 6:30 AM
I just got back from 10 days in France. Like John Travolta in Pulp Fiction, I was struck by all the little differences in Europe—how the toilets work, the way roads are designed, and the size of a meal. Wherever I went, the portion sizes seemed much smaller than what I was accustomed to in Philadelphia... Read more

Join us for the Philadelphia Science Festival

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 6:30 AM
In just a few weeks, the City of Brotherly Love will welcome the third annual Philadelphia Science Festival — a 10-day-long, citywide celebration of science that features lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibits, and a host of other science-related programming coming to a museum... Read more

The potential of parks (with programs)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 6:30 AM
What gets people out and exercising in the park? Is it the characteristics of the community that surrounds the park, such as the presence or absence of crime and blight? Or is it the organized activities, such as the presence or absence of a Zumba class taught on Thursday nights by a local resident... Read more

Revisiting the rights of children

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle What does the United States have in common with South Sudan and Somalia? Not much, except for being the only other United Nations member state that has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Entered into force in 1990, the CRC is a human rights document... Read more

Moving the target on gun research

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 9:26 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Injuries are the leading cause of death among people age 44 and younger in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Center for Injury Prevention and Control is the federal entity charged with reducing this burden. Visit the Center’s website... Read more

Why attack snack food in schools?

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Last Friday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new standards to regulate the nutritional content of food sold in schools. The standards come in response to a bipartisan request from Congress for something to be done about childhood obesity in the U.S.—... Read more

Should Pennsylvania legalize pot?

Friday, January 25, 2013, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Earlier this month, Pennsylvania State Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery-Delaware) announced plans to introduce a bill that would legalize marijuana — not just for medical purposes, as New Jersey recently did, but also for recreational use. The substance would be regulated... Read more

Did childhood kill Kurt Cobain (or Jimi Hendrix)?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle In a box in my basement — amongst a broken TI-83 calculator, Discman, and other college-era artifacts — is a poster entitled “Forever 27.” Once ubiquitous in dorm rooms, the poster depicts Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain in a Daliesque... 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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