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CVS bans cigarette sales. Who’s next?

Friday, February 7, 2014, 6:30 AM
Kudos to CVS/Pharmacy for joining the fight against smoking. Earlier this week the retail giant announced that it would “stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores nationwide by October 1, 2014.” The decision comes as CVS/Pharmacy moves towards expanding... Read more

Tin masks to fixed faces: plastic surgery's debt to World War I

Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 6:30 AM
Viewers of HBO's Boardwalk Empire know the character Richard Harrow, a disfigured World War I veteran who wears a tin mask over part of his face to disguise his injuries. Others with facial wounds were aided by the development of modern plastic surgery, which aimed to rebuild faces shattered in warfare... Read more

The 'Drunkometer' and its descendants: Tools of public health

Monday, February 3, 2014, 5:30 AM
A law is only as good as the ability to enforce it. Drunk driving is major cause of disability and premature mortality in the U.S., with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimating that alcohol-impaired driving is responsible for about 10,000 deaths annually. For this reason, driving... Read more

Impact of Pa.'s Medicaid expansion delay? Study says up to 1,500 deaths in one year

Friday, January 31, 2014, 6:30 AM
When Pennsylvania and 24 other states opted out of—or delayed opting into—the Medicaid expansion, they put a lot of lives on the line. Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians would have gained health insurance on Jan. 1 had the state accepted the federal money offered under the Affordable... Read more

Mike Huckabee, the male libido, and a history lesson

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 6:30 AM
Thanks to Fox News host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, we get to revisit the public health lessons of the First and Second World Wars. In a recent address to the Republican National Committee, Huckabee excoriated Democrats for making women believe they were “helpless without Uncle Sugar... Read more

We should be outraged by the Elk River chemical spill

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 6:30 AM
Last Monday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told West Virginia residents that it was up to them whether or not to drink water contaminated by the Jan. 9 spill of the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) into the Elk River. The spill occurred just upstream from a water intake for Charleston’s water... Read more

Why is Pennsylvania paying to advertise smoking?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 2:34 PM
Pennsylvania is one of 11 states that subsidized 93 percent of recent top-grossing movies featuring characters who smoke, according to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco–and one of seven states that gave more money to those movies than it spent on tobacco prevention. According... Read more

Spam, history, and growing a bigger penis

Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 6:30 AM
If you periodically clean your spam folder and wonder why you are getting so many penis enlargement emails, come-ons for miracle diet products, and offers for drugs from “Canadian pharmacies” you are asking the wrong question. The real question is, why is there so little advertising for... Read more

How long can your baby expect to live?

Friday, January 17, 2014, 6:30 AM
By mid-January, a pile of “Year in Review” magazines has accumulated beneath my coffee table. These dog-eared retrospectives all contain stories of a similar sort: famous people who died in 2013. The close of the calendar is a fitting time to reflect on icons who have departed, but what... Read more

A little health reform history (and a quiz!)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 6:30 AM
Identify the source of the following statement: The problem of providing satisfactory medical service to all the people of the United States at costs which they can meet is a pressing one. At the present time, many persons do not receive service, which is adequate either in quantity or quality, 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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