Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Remember what 'Aunt Sammy' said . . . about babies and drafts?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:30 AM
National Public Radio recently aired a segment headlined “South Korea’s Quirky Notions About Electric Fans.” It looked at the widespread belief that sleeping with electric fans blowing in the room could be dangerous. Is this totally a South Korean phenomenon? I ask because in 1930... Read more

A public health message from your pet

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 6:30 AM
It’s about time I got some recognition from the humans here at The Public’s Health, not to mention the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (It has a whole new website!) Yes, it’s me, your pet. I know you appreciate me. I help you keep fit. I lower your stress. I bring... Read more

50 years ago: Building the case against lead

Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:30 AM
The world is a lot less polluted with lead than it was a half-century ago, thanks in part to geochemist Clair Patterson. Fed up with lead contamination in his laboratory, he mounted a research campaign that overturned decades of misguided industry-sponsored science. In 1965 he published a game-changing... Read more

Screening in Bryn Mawr: 'Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution'

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 6:30 AM
Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution makes a return engagement locally Wednesday evening at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. It last showed here in 2013, and we loved this powerful and engrossing documentary about institutionalization of the mentally ill. We encourage you, if you have... Read more

Birth control and the Affordable Care Act (and, yes, the pope)

Friday, September 25, 2015, 6:30 AM
With much of the East Coast enthralled by the visit of Pope Francis, let's review an issue that pits – perhaps – the pontiff's enduring commitment to the disenfranchised against his religious beliefs: More than 50 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case Griswold v... Read more

Feds to expand access to opioid treatment

Friday, September 18, 2015, 4:45 PM
The federal government will move to increase access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence by relaxing limits on prescribing buprenorphine, one of the few – and vastly under-used – evidence-based treatments for a disorder that has reached epidemic proportions. Health and... Read more

Who wants to go to work sick?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 6:30 AM
I’m not proud of this but, back in 1986, I showed up for work sick many times because I was pregnant and needed to “save up” my sick days so that I could have some time after childbirth to tend to my new baby. It was before the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, which entitles eligible... Read more

Autism’s history and future

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:30 AM
The history of autism, as you’ll learn from Steve Silberman’s excellent and important new book Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, continues to shape present-day debates about the nature of autism and the lives of persons affected by it. The book–which... Read more

New Jersey's vaccination loophole

Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 6:30 AM
There was a time when parents lived in fear of contagious disease. Polio, measles, German measles, whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, smallpox and other serious illnesses rampaged through communities with depressing regularity. Infectious disease was the primary killer of children. Over the past... Read more

Why all the news about Legionnaires' disease?

Monday, August 24, 2015, 7:32 PM
Legionnaires’ disease has been in the news a bunch this summer. An outbreak in New York City caused 12 deaths. A West Chester University employee was confirmed to be infected with the disease last month, Legionella bacteria were found in university cooling towers and then again in hot water systems... 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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