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What common trauma injury isn't treated at trauma centers? PTSD

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 6:30 AM
It’s not just military veterans who develop post-traumatic stress disorder. As described in a previous post, what’s known today as PTSD has been observed in people who experienced traumatic events for centuries if not millennia. One relatively common event that can cause PTSD is a serious... 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

‘Railway spine’? ‘Soldier’s heart’? Try ‘PTSD.’

Friday, June 21, 2013, 12:47 PM
June is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) awareness month. Sure, there are months for almost every medical condition imaginable. But this month’s designation, which came about after Congress named June 27th national PTSD awareness day just last year, is a symbolic milestone in the mental... 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

Moving the target on gun research

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 9:26 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Injuries are the leading cause of death among people age 44 and younger in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Center for Injury Prevention and Control is the federal entity charged with reducing this burden. Visit the Center’s website... Read more

Obama takes a public health view on guns

Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 11:10 PM
By Michael Yudell President Obama's speech and executive orders were an important step forward to address gun violence. The president affirmed both his support for the Second Amendment and his commitment to quickly reduce gun violence in the wake of the national tragedies in Newtown, Aurora, Oak Creek... Read more

Did childhood kill Kurt Cobain (or Jimi Hendrix)?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle In a box in my basement — amongst a broken TI-83 calculator, Discman, and other college-era artifacts — is a poster entitled “Forever 27.” Once ubiquitous in dorm rooms, the poster depicts Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain in a Daliesque... Read more

The science of gun violence

Thursday, December 27, 2012, 6:30 AM
Janet Golden, a Rutgers University history professor, specializes in the histories of medicine, childhood and women. Things to talk about when we talk about Newtown, mental health, and guns: 1. “The vast majority of violence in our society is not perpetuated by persons with serious mental illness... Read more

Genes don't explain Newtown. Autism certainly doesn't.

Friday, December 21, 2012, 6:30 AM
In the wake of the awful tragedy in Newtown, Conn., some pundits are already trying to peer into the mind of the killer, making misbegotten claims about the cause and nature of his violent act. On Wednesday, it was announced that Connecticut’s chief medical examiner, H. Wayne Carver II, had... Read more

A public health response to gun violence in America

Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 6:30 AM
Esther Chernak is a physician and director of the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication at Drexel University School of Public Health, where she is an associate research professor. By Esther Chernak One of the fundamental challenges in the practice of public health – the work... 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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