Monday, August 3, 2015

App lets gamers play Disease Detective

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 6:30 AM
“Solve the Outbreak,” a free app developed for the general public by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, immerses game players in the world of Disease Detectives, the CDC’s equivalent of a SWAT team. These members of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) are the on-the-ground... Read more

'Asylums' vs. failed community care: a false choice for the severely mentally ill

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:30 AM
This is the second in a mini-series of posts–responses to a controversial essay by University of Pennsylvania bioethicists titled “Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care: Back the Asylum”–exploring the state of mental health care in America, and how to fix it. Just beyond the... Read more

Proposed 1920s orphanage study just one example in history of scientific racism

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 5:00 AM
In the late 1920s, scientists hatched an outrageous plan to settle a question at the heart of American racial thought: were differences between racial groups driven by environment or by heredity? In other words, was the racist social order of the time – white over black — an inevitable and... Read more

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
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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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