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A murder in Pakistan threatens polio eradication

Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 6:30 AM
A United Nations worker was gunned down by extremists near Peshawar, Pakistan, while delivering vaccines Tuesday in the village of Kaggawala. The World Health Organization, which runs the Global Polio Eradication Initiative for the U.N., then announced that it was temporarily suspending the program... Read more

Are ‘alternative’ vaccine schedules safer?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 6:30 AM
Almost 50% of children have not received all the recommended vaccines at some point before their second birthday, according to a study of 300,000 children that was recently published in JAMA Pediatrics. While some cases of skipped vaccines may be due to missed opportunities or difficulty accessing... Read more

Best public health blogs

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 6:30 AM
What interests you: Disease sleuthing? Global bioethics? Protecting the food supply? Protecting yourself when you travel? A new ranking of the top 30 public health blogs places The Public's Health at No. 14. The complete list is below. Lots of interesting stuff. And if you want to go beyond reading... Read more

From 'TB Blues' to 'Bacteria': A musical medical history playlist

Friday, December 14, 2012, 6:30 AM
Janet Golden, a Rutgers University history professor, specializes in the histories of medicine, childhood and women. Jeffrey Anderson has been researching blues lyrics relating to disease, and has written about the 1918 flu pandemic's impact on Philadelphia. By Janet Golden and Jeffrey Anderson Blues... Read more

Why is whooping cough on the rise, and what can you do about it?

Friday, November 30, 2012, 6:30 AM
Kristen A. Feemster, M.D.,M.P.H., is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she sees patients and conducts research on infectious disease epidemiology and vaccine policy. By Kristen A. Feemster An old disease is back. Cases of pertussis, or whooping cough... Read more

Study: HPV vaccine does not lead to sexual promiscuity

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell Here at The Public’s Health last week, Nan Feyler discussed the underused human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and asked whether we should, like many other vaccines, mandate it for school entry. Some critics of the vaccine have expressed concern that its use will cause girls... 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

And the latest cause of autism is ...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell Autism, the lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder marked by a range of social and communication impairments, has seen its share of reckless claims about causes and cures. From the belief that the emotional coldness of the so-called refrigerator mother caused her child’s autism... Read more

Should We Vaccinate Against Unhealthy Behavior? (Say, Smoking?)

Friday, January 6, 2012, 6:30 AM
Geisinger Health, the major health care system of central and northeastern Pennsylvania, recently joined Abington Memorial Hospital, the World Health Organization and other tobacco-conscience health care organizations by announcing that it will screen prospective employees for nicotine before hiring—those... Read more

'Keep Climbing' . . . In the Unvaccinated, Disease-Ridden Skies?

Friday, December 9, 2011, 6:30 AM
Here at The Public’s Health we have not hidden the fact that we see vaccination as one of the great public health success stories of the 20th century, and hope that vaccines continue to have a similar benefit in the 21st. The effectiveness and safety of vaccination is well documented: many vaccine-preventable... 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, 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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