Friday, August 28, 2015

Jonathan Purtle

The dangers of wire grill brushes

Friday, July 3, 2015, 6:30 AM
“A 40-year-old woman presented to a local emergency room complaining of throat pain,” the case description begins. “The pain started suddenly while eating chicken breast prepared on a grill, and it worsened with swallowing. She described the pain as constant . . .” We have... Read more

The Affordable Care Act and States’ wrong

Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 6:30 AM
The Supreme Court issued a lot of important and sensible rulings last week: enshrining marriage equality as the law of the land, supporting the Fair Housing Law claims of disparate impact, and ruling that the Affordable Care Act subsidies are legal in every state. More work awaits those fighting for... Read more

Gun violence galvanizes the health professions

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 6:30 AM
With over 120 different medical specialties, many with narrow perspectives, it’s easy for the medical community to miss the big picture of what’s most important to the public’s health. Not this time. Seven major medical organizations joined together Monday evening to publish “a... Read more

What determines your health?

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 5:30 AM
Question: What factors determine your health? Your genes? Your level of education? Where you live? How much money you have? How you behave? How easy it is for you to see a good doctor? Answer: All of the above, and many more. But how much does each one of these factors individually contribute to... Read more

Can you trust open-access journals?

Friday, August 1, 2014, 6:30 AM
Just arrived in my email inbox: Dear Dr. Jonathan Purtle, Greetings!!! We solicit your valuable contribution for the Journal Family Medicine & Medical Science Research … Dear Researcher, publish in the International Journal of Medical and Applied Sciences … Decision on your paper... Read more

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

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

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

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

Death certificates: classifying the dead to save the living

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6:30 AM
Why do we die? The question is existential, scientific, and spiritual at the very least. It’s also bureaucratic. Like voter registration cards and driver’s licenses, death certificates relegate the cause of our physical demise to a discrete category that becomes a single data point in... 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, 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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