Monday, November 30, 2015

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

Epidemic: heroin addiction … again. What will it take this time?

Monday, August 17, 2015, 6:30 AM
Last month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that our country is facing a major public health epidemic. Hint: it isn’t Ebola or SARS. And it isn’t avian flu or any of the other scary sounding public health threats that so often raise alarm bells in the media. What... Read more

Republican candidate answers to questions on health care

Friday, August 7, 2015, 2:51 PM
Note: This report covers only the first “undercard debate.” A report on the second ten-candidate debate will follow. The first republican candidate debate on August 6th featured former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal... Read more

The state budget impasse puts the health of our economy and our most vulnerable citizens at risk

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 3:45 PM
At some point in our lives, most of us learn the “penny wise, pound foolish” lesson. And usually, for those of us who are stubborn, we learn the hard way. We put off dealing with that rattle in the car, we push roof repairs to the next season, or we opt for “quick fixes” that... 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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