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Archive: January, 2013

Prohibition, harm reduction, and history

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 6:00 AM
You wouldn’t know it from the title, “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” but this exhibit at the National Constitution Center has a public health theme. Sure, it is chock full of information about the political fight for a national prohibition amendment, the criminal... Read more

Should Pennsylvania legalize pot?

Friday, January 25, 2013, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Earlier this month, Pennsylvania State Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery-Delaware) announced plans to introduce a bill that would legalize marijuana — not just for medical purposes, as New Jersey recently did, but also for recreational use. The substance would be regulated... Read more

Mr. President, use your bully pulpit on climate change!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell “We will respond to the threat of climate change knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” an emboldened President Obama declared in his inaugural address Monday. Following the disconcerting absence of climate change from campaign... Read more

Reflecting on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 3:15 AM
Twenty years ago I appeared in the film Motherless: A Legacy of Loss from Illegal Abortion, talking about the history of abortion. The 28-minute documentary, embedded above, profiles three women and one man whose mothers died of complications from abortion before its legalization. The film also includes... Read more

Obama takes a public health view on guns

Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 11:10 PM
By Michael Yudell President Obama's speech and executive orders were an important step forward to address gun violence. The president affirmed both his support for the Second Amendment and his commitment to quickly reduce gun violence in the wake of the national tragedies in Newtown, Aurora, Oak Creek... Read more

Legal remedies for the flu

Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 6:30 AM
In 1918, Babe Ruth pitched the opening game of the World Series for the Boston Red Sox (they won the series) and a worldwide flu pandemic got under way, with over 500 million people stricken with the infection. A digital encyclopedia of that disaster — the flu, not the subsequent trade of Ruth... Read more

Did childhood kill Kurt Cobain (or Jimi Hendrix)?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle In a box in my basement — amongst a broken TI-83 calculator, Discman, and other college-era artifacts — is a poster entitled “Forever 27.” Once ubiquitous in dorm rooms, the poster depicts Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain in a Daliesque... Read more

Learned on vacation: How to properly install a kid's car seat

Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell Late last month my wife and I packed up the car with our two girls and dog and headed south for Grandparents-palooza. It’s our annual weeklong visit to South Florida, a land where the pastrami is neither too lean nor too fatty, drafts seem to be everywhere, and we get to leave... Read more

Pregnancy discrimination: a real-world challenge

Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 6:30 AM
By Bette Begleiter and JoAnne Fischer When Claire Danes, star of the critically acclaimed Homeland, became pregnant at the height of the show’s success, did she lose her job? The pregnancy certainly did not fit into the plot of this action-packed thriller and could easily been seen as a serious... Read more

Children are still poisoned by lead – thousands of them

Friday, January 4, 2013, 6:30 AM
Nan Feyler is chief of staff for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. By Nan Feyler Lead poisoning of children continues to be a serious health problem – and one that science has linked to lower and lower levels of exposure even as government has opted for greater and greater cuts... 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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