Friday, September 4, 2015

Has conversion therapy finally met its demise?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 6:30 AM
The White House took a major step recently when President Obama called for an end to “conversion” or “reparative” therapies for LGBTQ youth. These types of therapies aim to “cure” homosexuals and those on the transgender spectrum, with the end goal of allowing LGBTQ... Read more

Charting a course toward fewer gun deaths in America

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 5:30 AM
Twenty years ago, when I started my teaching and research in gun violence prevention policy, the murder rate in the U.S. was roughly double than what it is today. While it’s difficult to pinpoint why and many theories exist, it’s safe to say that homicide rates have decreased as a result... Read more

World Health Day: Food Safety

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 9:12 AM
April 7 is World Health Day and the theme this year is food safety. According to the World Health Organization unsafe food causes approximately 2 million deaths annually worldwide and 23,000 deaths in the United States. Food with contaminants (from bacteria to chemicals) is responsible for more than... Read more

Psychiatric patients aren’t the only ones in need of “asylum”

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 9:58 AM
This is one in a mini-series of posts exploring the state of mental health care in America, and how to fix it. You may not know it, but there’s a huge fight going on that affects the future of everyone with autism and/or intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD). Right now, adults with... Read more

Who needs diets?

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6:30 AM
Search for “diet books” on amazon.com and you’ll get more than 150,000 results. Another website will tell you that an estimated 45 million Americans diet each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a healthy weight site with advice and the USDA's nutrition.gov... Read more

Housing, not asylums

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 6:30 AM
This is one in a mini-series of posts exploring the state of mental health care in America, and how to fix it. In the January issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) University of Pennsylvania bioethicists argued that “prisons have become the nation’s largest mental... Read more

Women doctors, Hollywood movies

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6:30 AM
Many films during Hollywood’s Golden Age (the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s) presented competent career women who, by the end of the movie, turned their backs on their successful careers to become happy homemakers, wives and mothers. The exception? Women physicians. Yes, there was marriage... Read more

App lets gamers play Disease Detective

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 6:30 AM
“Solve the Outbreak,” a free app developed for the general public by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, immerses game players in the world of Disease Detectives, the CDC’s equivalent of a SWAT team. These members of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) are the on-the-ground... Read more

'Asylums' vs. failed community care: a false choice for the severely mentally ill

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:30 AM
This is the second in a mini-series of posts–responses to a controversial essay by University of Pennsylvania bioethicists titled “Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care: Back the Asylum”–exploring the state of mental health care in America, and how to fix it. Just beyond the... Read more

Proposed 1920s orphanage study just one example in history of scientific racism

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 5:00 AM
In the late 1920s, scientists hatched an outrageous plan to settle a question at the heart of American racial thought: were differences between racial groups driven by environment or by heredity? In other words, was the racist social order of the time – white over black — an inevitable and... 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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