Friday, February 27, 2015

Seeking common ground in very different views of mental illness

Friday, February 27, 2015, 10:21 AM
A trio of ethicists from the University of Pennsylvania sparked some controversy last month by publishing an essay that was provocatively headlined “Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care: Bring Back the Asylum.” The authors–Dominic Sisti, Andrea Segal, and Ezekiel Emanuel– are... Read more

Gun violence galvanizes the health professions

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 6:30 AM
With over 120 different medical specialties, many with narrow perspectives, it’s easy for the medical community to miss the big picture of what’s most important to the public’s health. Not this time. Seven major medical organizations joined together Monday evening to publish “a... Read more

Smoking and the Oscars: A Scary Movie

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 8:00 AM
Something to ponder on Academy Awards night: 57 percent of Oscar-nominated movies include tobacco imagery. That’s actually the lowest in several years, according to a post by Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, who provides a fascinating spreadsheet... Read more

Life, liberty, and the right to infect others with measles: Rand Paul on vaccination

Monday, February 9, 2015, 6:30 AM
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky confirmed his membership in the “doctors who shouldn’t have gone into politics” club with his comments last week supporting the right of parents who don’t want their kids to be immunized. While acknowledging vaccines to be “one of the greatest... Read more

Chris Christie, vaccinologist? Measles expert?

Friday, February 6, 2015, 6:30 AM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is rightfully taking a drubbing this week for his comments about the measles vaccine and his claim that parents "need to have some measure of choice" about vaccinating their children. In the midst of what threatens to be the worst year for measles in the United States... Read more

Set aside 'Little Orphan Annie.' How do we really deal with unwanted kids?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 6:30 AM
Americans prefer stories about our most vulnerable youngsters to have a happy ending, like the comic book character “Little Orphan Annie,” so popular that she returned as a musical and was recently remade into the move “Annie” It allows us to indulge in the fantasy that plucky... Read more

New website promotes over-the-counter birth control pills

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 11:07 AM
Last month, the non-profit organization Ibis Reproductive Health launched a website entitled Free the Pill. The new website is designed to educate the public about why a nonprescription oral contraceptive is needed. (You can’t buy the Pill on the site.) In the run-up to November’s mid-term... Read more

Should teens get to say ‘no’ to life-saving medical treatment?

Friday, January 23, 2015, 6:30 AM
Two weeks ago, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hartford Hospital forcing chemotherapy on Cassandra C., a 17-year-old girl with Hodgkin's lymphoma, concluding that she was not a “mature minor” in the legal sense of the term and was therefore unable to refuse such life-saving... Read more

Why Surgeon General’s confirmation is a good thing

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 6:30 AM
Dr. Vivek Murthy, who during his more-than-year-long-nomination process faced blistering criticism for his position linking gun violence and public health, was finally confirmed last month as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Murthy’s nomination had languished, in large part,... Read more

The Diabetes Blues

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 6:30 AM
Lord, I’m sick an’ down Can’t tell my head from my feet Lord, I’m sick an’ down Can’t hardly tell my head from my feet Well, I got the sugar diabetes Somebody please. Lord have mercy on me. When Delta Blues guitarist and singer Big Joe Williams sang... 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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