Thursday, February 11, 2016


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

'Extra, Extra, Get Your (Healthy) Bananas!'

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 6:30 AM
Gluten-free diets (excluding gluten protein found in grains) are used to treat celiac, an immune system disease affecting about 1 percent of the population. Celiac is diagnosed by intestinal biopsy. Lately, gluten-free diets have become popular with people who believe it helps with depression or weight... Read more

Bacon! (And health!)

Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:30 AM
The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer got bacon lovers upset with its recent report linking cancer to the consumption of processed meat and red meat. One newspaper columnist asked, “What does cancer study mean for Southern eating habits?” And answered:... Read more

Global Handwashing Day & other interesting stuff (really!)

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:30 AM
Did you know that Oct. 15 is Global Handwashing Day? Hand-washing is a vital public and personal health activity and one that grew up alongside germ theory in the late 1800s. The University of Virginia Historical Collections at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library has a terrific online exhibit... Read more

Remember what 'Aunt Sammy' said . . . about babies and drafts?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:30 AM
National Public Radio recently aired a segment headlined “South Korea’s Quirky Notions About Electric Fans.” It looked at the widespread belief that sleeping with electric fans blowing in the room could be dangerous. Is this totally a South Korean phenomenon? I ask because in 1930... 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

Autism’s history and future

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:30 AM
The history of autism, as you’ll learn from Steve Silberman’s excellent and important new book Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, continues to shape present-day debates about the nature of autism and the lives of persons affected by it. The book–which... Read more

Technology and health posts: The Bad, The Good, and The Smelly

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 6:30 AM
Here are some interesting—downright prehistoric—websites and posts about technology and public health. I love museums but I’m starting to have trouble with some of the items on display: typewriters and rotary telephones, for example. I just hate it when things I’m quite familiar... Read more

Has conversion therapy finally met its demise?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 6:30 AM
The White House took a major step recently when President Obama called for an end to “conversion” or “reparative” therapies for LGBTQ youth. These types of therapies aim to “cure” homosexuals and those on the transgender spectrum, with the end goal of allowing LGBTQ... Read more

Women doctors, Hollywood movies

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6:30 AM
Many films during Hollywood’s Golden Age (the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s) presented competent career women who, by the end of the movie, turned their backs on their successful careers to become happy homemakers, wives and mothers. The exception? Women physicians. Yes, there was marriage... 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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