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Archive: October, 2011

Things That Go Bump in the Public Health Night

Monday, October 31, 2011, 5:00 AM
Tonight kids will don various costumes to masquerade door to door, stuffing their jack-o-lanterns with sugary delights, chocolate bars, and small change from the occasional guy who forgot to stock up on Halloween treats. There are important public health messages we hear every Halloween — to... Read more

The Limits of Magical Thinking

Friday, October 28, 2011, 5:00 AM
Probably the most-written sentence (or some variation of it) around the globe these last few weeks is: “Steve Jobs changed our world.” No argument here (disclosure: I am a big fan, owning five Apple products, from computers to an iPad). Though once derided as a narrow visionary and maker... Read more

Is Kanye West a Menace to Public Health?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 5:00 AM
Sir Elton John thinks Kanye West is a musical genius. President Obama thinks he’s a “jackass.” I think the superstar rapper is an interesting case study in how the medical atrocities of the past are far from forgotten. In the hit single “Heard ‘Em Say,” West states... Read more

Big League Chew

Monday, October 24, 2011, 5:00 AM
The “Baseball Gods” are conspiring. No, I'm not talking about the Phillies’ failure to make it beyond the league division series this year. And I’m not referring to the painful (next) season-delaying injury to slugger Ryan Howard. Instead, I’m talking about the baseball... Read more

Sugar(House) is Bad for Our Health

Friday, October 21, 2011, 5:00 AM
Sunday marks an anniversary – 13 months – of the SugarHouse Casino opening. And that seems a fitting time to discuss gambling since, from a public health perspective, we’re pretty unlucky to have an urban casino in our backyard. Consider: Pathological gambling is a bona fide disorder... Read more

Public Health Time Machine

Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 5:00 AM
I graduated from Roslyn High School on Long Island, N.Y. (pronounced LonGGG-Ghi-Land, if you’re from there) in 1986. My hair was big, my jeans were tight, and my collar was up. I was pretty clueless. If someone had asked me in 1986 if my chosen career would involve public health, I would have... Read more

Exploring Another Approach: 'Positive Health'

Monday, October 17, 2011, 5:00 AM
“Health is a state of complete positive physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” -- Preamble of the World Health Organization Constitution, 1948 (emphasis added) Penn psychologist Marty Seligman takes the W.H.O. definition of health... Read more

Hate is Not a Public Health Value

Friday, October 14, 2011, 5:30 AM
Among the smorgasbord of rubbish proffered by Bryan Fischer at last week’s Value Voters Summit was his hope of hopes that the next president of the United States “will treat homosexuality not as a political cause at all, but as a threat to public health.” Fischer is the director... Read more

People and Places of Public Health: PHL’s Quarantine Station

Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 5:00 AM
Bringing some dried goat skin back from your trip to Haiti? Not on Jennifer Torres’ watch. Torres is the assistant officer in charge of the CDC Quarantine Station at Philadelphia International Airport. And Haitian goat skin, she explained, could contain anthrax (yes, anthrax develops naturally... Read more

We're No. 1 . . .

Monday, October 10, 2011, 12:29 AM
Philadelphia is a great, progressive, world-class city on the rise. It is a birthplace of American democracy, medicine, and science. It fields some of the best teams in sports, including the Phillies, who had one of the best pitching rotations in the history of baseball (a lot of good... 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, MPH Research Director, Drexel Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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