Thursday, February 11, 2016

Janet Golden

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

Latest battle in ongoing mosquito war: Zika

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 11:32 AM
Perhaps the longest war humans have ever fought is the war on disease. Now there is a new front, approaching from the Caribbean and South America: Zika. Many battles have focused on wiping out mosquitoes, the carriers of Yellow Fever, which killed 5,000 Philadelphians (10 percent of the city’s... Read more

Emergency preparedness: states need to step up (and so do you)

Monday, January 18, 2016, 6:30 AM
In 2015 we watched the raging Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. The lessons for the United States became clear: We need an effective means of preventing, detecting, diagnosing, and responding to outbreaks, and this must be done not just at the international level, by the World Health Organization... Read more

Kissing Bugs: Kiss Off!

Monday, November 30, 2015, 9:49 AM
Kissing Bugs (scientific name Triatomine Bug) are in the news these days. They get their name from the fact that they like to bite humans around the mouth and eyes—at night when they are enjoying a blood meal. Not only is that not very romantic, it can be dangerous. Kissing bugs can carry the... 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

Who wants to go to work sick?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 6:30 AM
I’m not proud of this but, back in 1986, I showed up for work sick many times because I was pregnant and needed to “save up” my sick days so that I could have some time after childbirth to tend to my new baby. It was before the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, which entitles eligible... Read more

The 2015 GOP Debate: No surprises to answers on health care

Monday, August 10, 2015, 11:53 AM
Ten Republican Presidential candidates appeared in the primetime debate on August 6: Senator Marco Rubio from Florida, Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, Former Governor Jeb Bush from Florida, Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky, Governor Chris Christie from New Jersey, Governor Scott Walker from Wisconsin,... 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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