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Top public health issues of 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 9:44 AM
By Michael Yudell and Jonathan Purtle Approximately 3.9 million babies will fondly recall 2012 as the year they were born in the United States. The year will hold a special place in their hearts for an estimated 78.5 years—the average life expectancy at birth in the U.S. Their chances of living... Read more

Q&A with the authors of The Public's Health, on its first birthday

Thursday, November 1, 2012, 6:30 AM
Don Sapatkin is the bicycle-commuting Inquirer public health reporter who edits The Public’s Health blog. By Don Sapatkin The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Wednesday posted an interesting interview with Michael Yudell and Jonathan Purtle, the experts behind The Public’s Health. It... Read more

Don’t let election hype drive you to distraction (or death)

Friday, September 21, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Emotions rise high when election season rolls around every four ears. Could the culmination of this excitement and passion for political participation result in excess motor vehicle fatalities when Election Day finally arrives? A 2008 study published in the Journal of the American... Read more

What if the president fixed unemployment but it wasn't enough?

Friday, September 7, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Jobs jobs jobs. Both parties' national conventions were abuzz with talk of plans to address unemployment — 8.1 percent nationally in August, the government reported Friday (and certainly higher locally, where preliminary July rates were 9.1 percent for the Philadelphia... Read more

Transcendental Meditation: A cure for the stresses of youth violence?

Monday, August 13, 2012, 6:25 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Youth violence is a big and complex problem, especially in Philadelphia. Could something as simple as having city school students close their eyes and sit in stillness for 30 minutes a day help address its stress-related consequences? Filmmaker David Lynch, who credits his own... Read more

Does anyone deserve to die of lung cancer?

Friday, August 3, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle There we stood in front of the bulletin board at the Old City coffee shop Fork:etc — perplexed, trying to decipher the meaning of the ad. Hipsters Deserve to Die, it said, over a picture of a young African American man wearing glasses and a scarf. My girlfriend works in... Read more

A call for a Surgeon General’s report – on soda pop

Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Tuesday marked the first day of public hearings on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to restrict the size of sugary beverages (primarily soda) sold at most food service establishments to 16 ounces. The proposal—which is likely to reduce caloric intake, according... Read more

Texting while driving is illegal and unsafe. Why is it the norm?

Thursday, July 19, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Texting while driving, texting while walking, texting while biking—I must admit I’ve done it all, even though I know it’s a dangerous and dumb thing to do. And I’m not alone. At this very moment, looking out my office window, I can count four drivers texting... Read more

How abandoned buildings could make you sick

Friday, July 13, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Tuesday’s four alarm blaze at an abandoned Fishtown warehouse, which sent one firefighter to the hospital, was the most recent reminder of Philadelphia’s struggle to deal with the crumbling, flammable, and hazardous vestiges of its industrial past. In April, the dilapidated... Read more

Fourth of July grilling tip: Don't swallow the wire brush. (Seriously.)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle "Persons who grill should be aware of the risk for ingestion of wire bristles from grill-cleaning brushes," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Tuesday, adding barbecuing to that other Fourth of July hazard known as firecrackers. It sounds trivial, but some of... 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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