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Grilling tip: Watch for wire brush bristles in your hot dog

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 12:49 AM
With the Fourth of July come fireworks, crowds on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and The Public’s Health's annual post about the dangers of ingesting wire bristles hot off the grill. Although we hate to cast a pall of threat over the holiday weekend, we figure its best to share information that... Read more

One year after FDA ruling on emergency contraception . . . confusion

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 8:51 AM
One year ago, the Food and Drug Administration finally approved over-the-counter sales of Plan B One-Step without any age restrictions. In my latest book, The Morning After: A History of Emergency Contraception in the United States, I described how emergency contraception went from being a little-known... Read more

Can you describe the symptoms of PTSD?

Friday, June 27, 2014, 6:30 AM
June 27 is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day. And yes, it is part of PTSD awareness month. But as Dr. Matthew Friedman, executive director of the National Center for PTSD, wrote in a recent blog post, well-intentioned efforts to raise awareness about PTSD often tell an incomplete... Read more

Smoking chocolate

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 6:30 AM
A report released Monday (the executive summary is here) by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids reminds us that the fight against tobacco and the companies that sell tobacco products goes on despite some successes. As if smoking wasn’t deadly enough, the report calls attention to changes to cigarettes... Read more

What are 'adverse childhood experiences'? Ask Philadelphia residents

Friday, June 20, 2014, 6:30 AM
We’ve written a lot about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and the health risks that arise when children experience toxic stress. The original ACE study was conducted with a predominantly white, middle-class population of adults in California and found a strong relationship between... Read more

Visiting public health history: Ellis Island

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 6:30 AM
Twelve million people passed through the Ellis Island, New York’s immigration station between 1892 and 1954. Before entering the United States, third-class passengers underwent a visual medical inspection by officers of the United States Public Health Service. The woman in the image above is having... Read more

The link between felon disenfranchisement, politics, and health

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 6:30 AM
Consider two things: - Life expectancy at birth for an African American male born in Philadelphia is 7.6 years shorter than a white male (67.5 years vs. 75.1). - About 13% of African American men in the United States are prohibited from voting compared to 2.5% of the general voting age... Read more

What is a diagnosis? A cause, not a victim.

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 6:30 AM
Viewing the HBO movie “The Normal Heart” – showing again Sunday and next Thursday and Friday – brings you vividly back to the beginning of HIV/AIDS in New York City in the early 1980s. People are struggling with a deadly illness that had no identified cause, a range of symptoms... Read more

World No Tobacco Day: A brief review

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 12:21 AM
It was a half-century ago that the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health alerted Americans to the risks of smoking. You can read the entire document here. The report's history is a featured exhibit at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. Did you know that... Read more

Expanding access to healthy food via Philadelphia farmers’ markets

Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 6:30 AM
Farmers’ Market season has arrived in Philadelphia, which means that year-round markets like Clark Park are bustling with new energy and seasonal markets like Headhouse–Philly’s largest open-air market– are now open for business. But farmers’ markets are not only fun places... 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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