Sunday, February 7, 2016

Environment

Why is Zika ‘exploding’ across the Americas? The Aedes aegyptei mosquito

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 6:30 AM
The rapid spread of the Zika virus through the Americas, infecting hundreds of thousands of people in Brazil alone since May 2015, is the latest episode in a long running battle between human populations and the ubiquitous Aedes aegyptei mosquito. Zika is exploding because this particular mosquito... Read more

Lead in Flint: This is America

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 6:30 AM
Our outrage at the poisoning of the people of Flint, Mich. - and the way the government failed, once again, its poorest and most disenfranchised citizens - is hard to contain. As a nation, to deal with such crises effectively, we need to overcome racism and lax enforcement of environmental regulations... Read more

Drought and health: What can Pa. and N.J. learn from California?

Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:30 AM
In recent months, drought watches have been declared for more than half the counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey due to below-normal precipitation combined with low water supply. This has not made headlines on the East Coast. A “drought watch” is just one notch above normal. (Serious... 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

Marco Rubio's notion of climate change: Nope

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 6:30 AM
Sen. Marco Rubio wants you to know that he doesn’t agree with the “notion” of climate change. Speaking to ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, in a report that aired Sunday, the Florida Republican said, “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate... Read more

The air pollution racial gap: Pa. and N.J. among the worst

Friday, April 25, 2014, 6:30 AM
Breathing. It is easy for most of us, but not for the 25 million Americans with asthma. Being black or Hispanic, poor, and young are among the risk factors for asthma. African Americans were three times as likely to die of asthma-related causes in 2009 as whites. Research reported recently in PLOS... Read more

Book Review: Microbes that have gone missing

Friday, April 18, 2014, 6:30 AM
Just in case you were looking to add one more item to your list of Ways Humanity Threatens Itself, you’ll want to dive right into Martin J. Blaser’s Missing Microbes, out this month from Henry Holt and Co. As if it were not enough that overuse of antibiotics increases resistance to potentially... Read more

Ethicist Bernard Rollin: 'This Ain't Agriculture: How Industrial Agriculture Hurts Animals and the Public's Health'

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 6:30 AM
There are few issues in the public sector today that affect us all in the way that industrial animal agriculture does. We all eat, and almost all of the food we consume is produced by this system. Not only aren’t most of us aware of the nature of the system that provides us with our food sources... Read more

We should be outraged by the Elk River chemical spill

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 6:30 AM
Last Monday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told West Virginia residents that it was up to them whether or not to drink water contaminated by the Jan. 9 spill of the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) into the Elk River. The spill occurred just upstream from a water intake for Charleston’s water... Read more

$1.1 billion is merely the headline in momentous California lead paint case

Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 6:30 AM
Update: A California judge on Tuesday, Jan. 7, issued a final verdict that added another $50 million to what the companies must pay. On Monday, a California judge ordered three corporations —Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries, and ConAgra—to contribute $1.1 billion into a state-run fund... 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, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
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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