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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

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

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

Spicing up your spices with rodent hairs and Salmonella

Friday, November 1, 2013, 6:30 AM
Just when you thought our food supply was safe again. In the wake of the government shutdown that suspended many of the essential protective services of the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (we wrote about this a few weeks back), an FDA report – released... Read more

Watch where your raw oysters come from

Monday, October 28, 2013, 6:30 AM
With a squeeze of lemon and a dash of hot sauce, raw oysters are a winter delicacy. Unfortunately, a recent letter in the New England Journal of Medicine warns, strains of Vibrio parahaemolyticus are contaminating some of them harvested from parts of the Atlantic Ocean. What is Vibrio parahaemolyticus? Vibrio... Read more

'A.C.O.D.': public health menace and/or hilarious movie?

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 11:50 PM
“Against the assault of laughter,” Mark Twain once wrote, “nothing can stand.” Not even a bad divorce is safe from that assault, as you’ll quickly learn if you go see the new film A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce), opening this weekend in Philadelphia. As your resident... Read more

Influenza doesn’t care about your politics

Monday, October 7, 2013, 6:30 AM
This is the second in a series of posts about the government shutdown’s impact on the nation’s health. Whatever your politics, you should be afraid. Very afraid. Not only are radical Republicans—a term that once referred to the GOPs principled opponents to slavery and now simply... Read more

Book Review: Epidemiologists saving the world

Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 6:30 AM
For those who are fascinated by House, Contagion, or simply real-life medical mysteries like SARS and swine flu, the new book Deadly Outbreaks: How Medical Detectives Save Lives Threatened by Killer Pandemics, Exotic Viruses, and Drug-Resistant Parasites might just hit the spot. Written by Alexandra... Read more

O'liver and the dancing docs of LOVE Park

Monday, July 29, 2013, 6:30 AM
The World Hepatitis Day flash mob was a success! Last week, seeking to spread the word about hepatitis C - most people don't know that they are infected, and more Americans die every year from this virus than from HIV - my colleagues and I proposed a dancing flash mob in Philadelphia's LOVE Park... 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, MPH Research Director, Drexel Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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