Thursday, November 26, 2015


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

New Jersey's vaccination loophole

Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 6:30 AM
There was a time when parents lived in fear of contagious disease. Polio, measles, German measles, whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, smallpox and other serious illnesses rampaged through communities with depressing regularity. Infectious disease was the primary killer of children. Over the past... Read more

Life, liberty, and the right to infect others with measles: Rand Paul on vaccination

Monday, February 9, 2015, 6:30 AM
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky confirmed his membership in the “doctors who shouldn’t have gone into politics” club with his comments last week supporting the right of parents who don’t want their kids to be immunized. While acknowledging vaccines to be “one of the greatest... Read more

Chris Christie, vaccinologist? Measles expert?

Friday, February 6, 2015, 6:30 AM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is rightfully taking a drubbing this week for his comments about the measles vaccine and his claim that parents "need to have some measure of choice" about vaccinating their children. In the midst of what threatens to be the worst year for measles in the United States... Read more

Blaming moms for vaccine trends

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6:30 AM
Across the country, worries about children’s vaccination rates have accelerated in light of outbreaks of measles and pertussis and the growing number of children whose parents have withheld one or more vaccines because of personal beliefs. In news reports on these trends, parents who forgo vaccines... Read more

Pertussis (whooping cough): Not just for kids

Friday, September 19, 2014, 6:30 AM
An over-60 adult I know recently got a pertussis vaccine shot at a medical checkup. The next day, driving past my local pharmacy, I saw signs advertising pertussis shots along with the notices for flu shots. Pertussis, long known as whooping cough, is a childhood ailment, isn’t it? Nope. Children... Read more

Health warnings for travelers (chikungunya, anyone?)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 6:30 AM
Returning to the United States last month I found some interesting public health information on the TV monitors at the United States Customs and Border Protection area at Philadelphia International Airport. There was a warning for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), an acute viral illness found... Read more

Conquering polio: Past, present ... and future

Monday, May 5, 2014, 8:21 PM
Sixty years ago, a field test of what would become the first polio vaccine got under way in the United States, enrolling 1.8 million children in the largest clinical trial in history. Over 600,000 young volunteers received injections of the brand new Salk vaccine... Read more

The flu vaccine: A simple solution to a complicated problem

Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 6:00 AM
Many of us have suffered through the flu without tragic consequences. But it is important to remember that the virus can have catastrophic complications that can result in death - especially among vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, babies, young children, the elderly, immune-compromised... Read more

The cost of war: Polio rises again in Syria

Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 10:16 AM
The outbreak of polio in the Syrian Arab Republic announced by the World Health Organization a few weeks ago is a troubling reminder that global conflicts threaten the public’s health. Violence, like the 2-1/2-year-old civil war in Syria, can lead to significant disruption and/or long term damage... 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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