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Why we should all care about reproductive justice

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 6:30 AM
To avoid confusion, I want to make clear that this blog is not about abortion. Repeat: This is not a blog about abortion. What I am interested in is a discussion about other issues that are very much a part of the modern day movement for reproductive justice and too often get short shrift in policy... Read more

‘Orange is the New Black’ says a lot of what we need to hear about prison

Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 6:30 AM
Have you seen Netflix’s new critically acclaimed series Orange is the New Black? If you haven’t, you should. The series, based on the real life experiences of Piper Kerman, who served over a year in federal prison for her involvement in a drug trafficking scheme, offers a gripping look... Read more

New (questionable) claims for a cause of autism

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 6:30 AM
Every so often a science news story comes along proclaiming that we are on the cusp of a revolutionary new understanding of autism spectrum disorders. In the past few years, research showing that genes, environmental factors, or some combination of the two cause or contribute to the development of... Read more

The AMA says obesity is a disease. Is that healthy?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 6:30 AM
At its recent annual meeting, American Medical Association (AMA) delegates rejected the advice of their own Committee on Science and Public Health and voted to reclassify obesity as a disease rather than a condition or disease risk factor. Proponents believe that this reclassification by the nation’s... Read more

Needed: A conversation on organ donation

Thursday, June 6, 2013, 11:24 AM
In back-to-back rulings this week, a federal judge decided that two children with end-stage cystic fibrosis—10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan on Wednesdayay and 11-year-old Javier Acosta on Thursday—should be eligible for a lung transplant from the adult donor list, rather than the under-12 list... Read more

Am I racist?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 9:36 AM
According to an online test developed by Harvard psychologists, I have a moderate preference toward white people. I—a liberal white male who deeply cares about racial equity—was quicker to assign positive words (e.g., joy, love, peace) to faces of white people and negative words (e.g.... Read more

Best public health blogs

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 6:30 AM
What interests you: Disease sleuthing? Global bioethics? Protecting the food supply? Protecting yourself when you travel? A new ranking of the top 30 public health blogs places The Public's Health at No. 14. The complete list is below. Lots of interesting stuff. And if you want to go beyond reading... Read more

Bloomberg’s big-soda ban is still effective!

Friday, March 15, 2013, 6:30 AM
I am of two minds on the court decision Monday striking down the New York City Board of Health’s ban on the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces one day before it was to kick in. I applaud both the judge’s ruling and the mayor’s resolve. The ban was declared “arbitrary and... Read more

The problem with 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Friday, February 22, 2013, 10:52 AM
By Michael Yudell Whether you are rooting for Anne Hathaway’s gritty performance as mother-turned-prostitute-turned martyr Fontine in Les Misérables, or Bradley Cooper’s breakout performance in Silver Linings Playbook, you should also be thinking about something else while watching... Read more

From the medical side, arguing for smokers' rights

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 4:00 AM
Jon Kole is in his fourth and final year of a combined MD and Masters of Medical Ethics program at the University of Pennsylvania. By Jon Kole What do Cleveland Clinic, the World Health Organization, and Geisinger Health System in central Pennsylvania have in common? They all reject new job applicants... 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, MPH Research Director, Drexel Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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