How I explained public health to my relatives

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I brought this picture of a triangle to Thanksgiving this year. It helped me explain what public health is to distant relatives who don’t... Read more

Changing the rules of PTSD

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Last week, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies had its annual meeting in Philadelphia. I was there, and discussions abound... Read more

Meatless Mondays . . . in the land of the Philly Cheesesteak?

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“Tempeh Whiz wit'!” “Vegan cheesesteak!’’ Will these words soon be part of the cacophony of sizzling onion and... Read more

Werner Herzog makes texting and driving up front and personal

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As we discussed in a post last summer, texting while driving is illegal and unsafe—and most people know it but still do it. We concluded... Read more

Booze / Local / Dollars / Billions / Pockets / YOURS /

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Two years ago, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine published results of a study that estimated how much money excessive alcohol consumption... Read more

Look out for grill bristles!

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We write about a lot of complex issues here at The Public’s Health. Issues that seem intractable, such as implicit racial bias and poverty... Read more

‘Railway spine’? ‘Soldier’s heart’? Try ‘PTSD.’

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June is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) awareness month. Sure, there are months for almost every medical condition imaginable. But this... Read more

Can flu cause mental illness?

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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... Read more