The link between felon disenfranchisement, politics, and health

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Consider two things: - Life expectancy at birth for an African American male born in Philadelphia is 7.6 years shorter than a white... Read more

Death certificates: classifying the dead to save the living

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Why do we die? The question is existential, scientific, and spiritual at the very least. It’s also bureaucratic. Like voter registration... Read more

Philadelphia: brotherly love and trauma-informed practice

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First in a series of posts about what is being done to address trauma and toxic stress in the city. Four years ago, on a train from Philadelphia... Read more

What common trauma injury isn't treated at trauma centers? PTSD

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It’s not just military veterans who develop post-traumatic stress disorder. As described in a previous post, what’s known today... Read more

If vodka doesn't kill the Russians, anti-gay bias might

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The Olympics have brought attention and scrutiny to Russia’s policies on homosexuality for infringing upon the human rights of its citizens... Read more

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

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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... Read more

How long can your baby expect to live?

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By mid-January, a pile of “Year in Review” magazines has accumulated beneath my coffee table. These dog-eared retrospectives all... Read more

Sleeping your way into a healthy new year

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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... Read more