Archive: November, 2012
Bernard Goldstein, M.D., a member of the expert panel for The Public's Health, is a professor emeritus of environmental and occupational health and former dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, and an elected member of the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine. His major professional activities are currently related to the public health implications of Marcellus shale activities and to the scientific framework for sustainability.
By Bernard Goldstein
Guinea pigs lead an exciting life – for at least a while. They are the first to be chosen for adventurous new projects, and while the project lasts they get lots of attention. But in the long run they are sacrificed to the benefit of others. Pennsylvania and, to a lesser extent, West Virginia, are now the guinea pigs for other American states with Marcellus shale gas deposits that are wisely going slow. Not only do we run more risks of adverse environmental- and human-health impacts, but we will have less economic benefit than will other Marcellus shale states for the amount of gas we have underground.
By Michael Yudell
Are you still undecided? Need a little motivation to get out the door and down to your local voting precinct? (To locate it, click here.)
Here at The Public’s Health we’ve spilled a lot of ink discussing election year health-related politics. A review:
- Could simply voting – for Obama OR Romney – impact a community’s health?
- Hey, Mitt Romney, Americans DO die for lack of health insurance
- Register to vote – yes, for our health
- Also missing from the presidential debate: public health
- Don’t let election hype drive you to distraction (or death)
- John Roberts, health care, and the ‘Breaking Bad’ effect
- Morality, health care, and the Supreme Court
- Outrage at the latest cuts to public health funding
- ‘Santorum of Pennsylvania’: 14th century public health hero
- What’s likely to come next in contraception debate? A culture war
By Michael Yudell
A week ago Monday, Hurricane Sandy roared up the East Coast, devastating coastal regions of New Jersey and New York, and leaving in its wake more than 100 dead, more than a million who are still without power, and tens of thousands whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged. Sandy’s impact will linger in the months and years to come as people rebuild their homes and begin to heal from the storm’s physical and emotional scars. As the recovery begins, and as we prepare for future storms and other emergencies, there are some things we can do to ensure our safety both immediately and over the long term.
John A. Rich
By John A. Rich
By Don Sapatkin
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Wednesday posted an interesting interview with Michael Yudell and Jonathan Purtle, the experts behind The Public’s Health.