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Nan Feyler

Without regulation, e-cigarette liquid is used for . . . eye drops

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:30 AM
Here’s a quick quiz: what do the following have in common?: Pink Bubble Gum, Peanut Butter Cup, Strawberry Shortcake, Gummi Bear, Mountain Dew Burst and Banana Split Dreams? Are they (A) an assortment of candy, gum and soda given out at children’s birthday parties; (B) names of soaps, shampoos... Read more

Physicians, the First Amendment, and the NRA

Friday, March 14, 2014, 6:30 AM
Gun control in the United States is among the most polarizing issues we face. Strong feelings prevail, with few areas of agreement on either side of the issues. But blocking a physician’s opportunity to counsel a family against leaving a gun and ammunition where curious hands can cause terrible... Read more

Why are our kids still dying in car crashes?

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 6:30 AM
People who work in public health often see the glass as half empty. Troubling health reports remind us where public health strategies have failed to take hold to prevent lost lives or injuries. Grim health statistics often underscore the number of people living with diseases that could have been prevented... 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

Join us for the Philadelphia Science Festival

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 6:30 AM
In just a few weeks, the City of Brotherly Love will welcome the third annual Philadelphia Science Festival — a 10-day-long, citywide celebration of science that features lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibits, and a host of other science-related programming coming to a museum... Read more

Did the food industry buy your kid?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 6:30 AM
In the wake of the New York State Supreme Court striking down New York City’s ban on sodas larger than 16 ounces, a surprising op-ed appeared in the New York Times. The essay encouraged New York City, despite the ruling, not to give up trying to limit the aggressive marketing tactics of big... Read more

Children are still poisoned by lead – thousands of them

Friday, January 4, 2013, 6:30 AM
Nan Feyler is chief of staff for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. By Nan Feyler Lead poisoning of children continues to be a serious health problem – and one that science has linked to lower and lower levels of exposure even as government has opted for greater and greater cuts... Read more

Home: Last bastion for secondhand smoke

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 6:30 AM
Nan Feyler is chief of staff for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. By Nan Feyler Exposure to secondhand smoke is dangerous, especially to infants and children. Secondhand smoke can impact children’s lung growth and pulmonary functions. It can cause sudden infant death syndrome... Read more

Has the pink ribbon outlived its welcome for breast cancer?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 6:30 AM
Nan Feyler, chief of staff for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, is a member of an expert panel intended to expand the breadth of The Public’s Health. By Nan Feyler Since 1985, October has been designated a month to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease... Read more

In the fight against cancer, a vaccine is underused

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 6:30 AM
Nan Feyler, chief of staff for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, is a member of an expert panel intended to expand the breadth of The Public’s Health. By Nan Feyler A vaccine against cancer? You would think people would be kicking down the doctor’s door to get it. In fact... 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, MSc Assistant Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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