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Archive: November, 2011

Running with Raven

Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 6:30 AM
Ordinarily, public health is about public policies (e.g., smoke free ordinances), scientific discoveries (vaccines), and advancements in infrastructure (sewers)—not just individuals acting alone. But there are instances when one extraordinary person can impact the health of a whole community... Read more

The Gingrich Who Stole Childhood

Monday, November 28, 2011, 6:30 AM
Thank goodness for Newt Gingrich. The disgraced former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and Republican Presidential Candidate flavor-of-the-week is going to solve poverty in America by putting kids to work. Gingrich, speaking last week at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government... Read more

'I'll Have a Side of Salmonella with My Turkey, Please!'

Friday, November 25, 2011, 6:30 AM
Thanksgiving is over, yesterday’s meal is mostly digested, and you are packing up turkey sandwiches for the trip to the mall for so-called black Friday deals. But before you go, please consider the following (without throwing up): the safety of the foods we eat every day, from turkeys to fish... Read more

Guidance, Please: My Profits or Your Health?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 6:30 AM
I must be a grown-up. It’s 12:30 A.M. and I’m reviewing my 401(K) retirement options, contemplating what life will be like when I’m 60. In addition to providing me with an unpleasant reminder of my mortality, this process has highlighted the tension between private interests and... Read more

Is Something Rotten in the State of Denmark?

Monday, November 21, 2011, 6:30 AM
As far as I could tell from three days in beautiful Copenhagen, nothing—to paraphrase Shakespeare—is rotten in the state of Denmark. Well, almost nothing. With a population of approximately 1.8 million, Copenhagen is a beautiful, immaculately clean city just a tad larger than Philadelphia... Read more

Darwin, Religion, and Public Health

Friday, November 18, 2011, 6:45 AM
Last week, while on a trip to London and Copenhagen to present research on autism and ethics, I visited Westminster Abbey, one of the holiest sites in the Church of England. The Abbey, founded in the year 960, has been the coronation site for British Monarchs dating back to 1066 and is the burial place... Read more

Thinking Beyond Penn State . . . Sexual Abuse Kills

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 11:47 AM
There has been a lot of talk about why those at Pennsylvania State University did not report suspicions of child sexual abuse to authorities, much of it focused on the unique culture of the college football monolith. But the reluctance to report child sexual abuse is not a phenomenon exclusive to State... Read more

The H1N1 Flu Pandemic: What Went Right and Wrong?

Monday, November 14, 2011, 6:15 AM
The H1N1 pandemic of 2009-10 may be fading from memory for most. But for the public health community, swine flu provided a critical case study in how well-prepared we are for a widespread outbreak of novel communicable disease. The pandemic also offers important lessons on the persistence of health... Read more

Cigarette Pack Ruling Favors Corporate Health

Friday, November 11, 2011, 6:15 AM
A ruling Monday by federal Judge Richard J. Leon is not friendly to public health. Leon sided with tobacco companies to block, at least for now, a Food and Drug Administration requirement that cigarette packages include images that illustrate the risks of smoking, along with a phone number (1-800-QUIT-NOW)... Read more

A Fight Brews Over Delta Flu Video's Take on Vaccination

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 8:29 PM
Last week, Delta Airlines began showing a 3-minute video on its in-flight entertainment system that was produced by the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) – an organization that, despite its official-sounding name, is a leading anti-vaccination group in the United States. Among images... 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, MPH Research Director, Drexel Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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