Friday, December 26, 2014

Sleeping your way into a healthy new year

Thursday, January 2, 2014, 6:30 AM
I stayed up late working the other night (no, not New Year’s Eve) and didn’t sleep enough. The next day I felt irritable and had trouble concentrating as a result. Can you relate? In some ways, sleep deprivation is a celebrated American ideal: we admire those who burn the “midnight... Read more

How do you measure safety? You start by setting standards.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 6:30 AM
How do you know that your water is safe to drink, your food safe to eat, and the medical tests performed by your doctor are giving accurate results? What standards do we use? Are they applied across the United States? What will we find when we travel abroad? To find out, I talked recently with Dr... Read more

$1.1 billion is merely the headline in momentous California lead paint case

Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 6:30 AM
Update: A California judge on Tuesday, Jan. 7, issued a final verdict that added another $50 million to what the companies must pay. On Monday, a California judge ordered three corporations —Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries, and ConAgra—to contribute $1.1 billion into a state-run fund... Read more

Needed: Climate Change 101 for Pennsylvania politicians

Thursday, December 12, 2013, 6:30 AM
Good people of Pennsylvania, are you paying attention to the things your elected officials – and the people they appoint – have been saying about climate change? On Tuesday the State Senate approved, by a 42-8 vote, the appointment of E. Christopher Abruzzo as the Commonwealth’s... Read more

Public health movie stocking stuffers

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 6:30 AM
If you are looking for two great public health movies to snuggle up with your family on the couch or to buy for your woefully public-health-history-ignorant friends this holiday season I have two recommendations: Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet, a Hollywood biopic made in 1940 starring Edward G. Robinson... Read more

Looking ahead to World AIDS Day 2014, and beyond

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 6:30 AM
With Sunday's World AIDS Day, behind us, today is as good a day as any to think about the future and to embrace the World Bank’s “Development Goal 6”: “to halt by 2015 and begin to reverse the spread of HIV and AIDS, through prevention, care, treatment and mitigation services... Read more

How I explained public health to my relatives

Monday, December 2, 2013, 6:30 AM
I brought this picture of a triangle to Thanksgiving this year. It helped me explain what public health is to distant relatives who don’t understand what I’m going to school for. I struggle to articulate it every year, so this time I relied on the aid of a diagram developed by a seasoned... Read more

The Philly Phive Ks: Run and walk for the health of our city

Friday, November 22, 2013, 9:46 AM
If you haven’t heard the story of the BatKid by now, you must be hiding in the deepest recesses of Gotham. The BatKid, whose real identity was revealed as five-year-old Miles from Northern California (now in remission after a life and death battle against leukemia), made a Make-A-Wish Foundation... 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

Changing the rules of PTSD

Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 6:00 AM
Last week, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies had its annual meeting in Philadelphia. I was there, and discussions abound about “Criterion A.” Contrary to what its name might suggest, Criterion A is not a vitamin, nor is it a short-course bicycle race. Criterion A defines... 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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