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Archive: July, 2012

What Chick-fil-A's cows aren't telling you (about obesity and homophobia)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell The anti-gay marriage comments made a few weeks back by Dan Cathy, president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, may be enough to turn your stomach and send you running to the nearest national chain eatery that doesn’t mix homophobia with its fare. But let’s not... Read more

Want to talk about the economy? Try the economic burden of malnutrition.

Friday, July 27, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell Scientists have long known that malnutrition during childhood, especially before a baby’s first birthday, can cause lifelong intellectual and behavioral problems. To make matters worse, a new study links those deficits to suppressed economic opportunities in adulthood, leading... 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

Will fire and brimstone help in the fight against climate change?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell Leave it to some good ol’ hellfire to get the American public believing again in climate change. According to polling done last week by the University of Texas, 70 percent of Americans now believe that the climate is changing, compared to 65 percent just a few months back,... 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

John Roberts, health care, and the 'Breaking Bad' effect

Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell There’s been a lot of ink spilled the past two weeks as commentators left and right have offered their best explanations for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ majority opinion and decisive vote in favor of upholding the Affordable Care Act, albeit with some modifications... 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

'She Takes Control!': Philadelphia condom initiative empowers girls

Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell When I was an awkward teen in the 1980s, I, like most other young males since the invention of vulcanized rubber, secretly carried a condom in my wallet … Just in case. It was ridiculous. The condom imprinted a ring in the leather, ruining the wallet and making my clandestine... 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

Happy Birthday, America – give blood!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell As we celebrate the birth of our country and come together in the spirit of community this week, do something for a fellow American: donate blood. It turns out we need it. Someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion every two seconds. But the blood supply has dropped... 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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