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Archive: December, 2011

'Tis the Season (to Wash Your Hands)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 6:30 AM
Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis wasn't just the father of hand washing, but a man whose ideas pre-dated the science to support them. In the mid-19th century, Semmelweis, an obstetrician, was deeply disturbed and puzzled by the high rates of puerperal fever and maternal death at one of Vienna’s... Read more

Moving Towards a Ban on Chimpanzee Research

Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 6:30 AM
On a recent flight I watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the umpteenth installment in the poorly aging Planet of the Apes series about a chimpanzee genetically enhanced during an Alzheimer’s drug experiment. I suspect that if Charlton Heston were alive today he’d be furious at Hollywood... Read more

Banning Cell Phones While Driving: Is The Time To Act Now?

Friday, December 16, 2011, 6:30 AM
This week the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an independent federal agency “charged with determining the probable cause of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families” called for a ban on “the... Read more

What the Frack? Hydraulic Fracturing Companies Exempt from Public Health Laws

Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 6:30 AM
When it comes to protecting the public’s health, the Safe Drinking Water Act is bedrock legislation. Since 1974, the Act has provided the foundation for the Federal government’s ability to regulate the safety of the drinking water supply. A provision in the Energy Policy Act of 2005,... Read more

With 48 million illnesses a year, is our food really safe?

Monday, December 12, 2011, 6:30 AM
A few weeks ago, as a post-Thanksgiving treat, we began a series on food and the public’s health by discussing the summer recall of 36 million pounds of ground turkey meat linked to a potentially deadly strain of Salmonella. As we told you then, The Public’s Health will be exploring the... Read more

'Keep Climbing' . . . In the Unvaccinated, Disease-Ridden Skies?

Friday, December 9, 2011, 6:30 AM
Here at The Public’s Health we have not hidden the fact that we see vaccination as one of the great public health success stories of the 20th century, and hope that vaccines continue to have a similar benefit in the 21st. The effectiveness and safety of vaccination is well documented: many vaccine-preventable... Read more

Translating the Federal Budget into Philadelphia Lives Saved -- or Lost

Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 6:30 AM
Last week, a commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine explored what different 2012 election scenarios could mean for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In short, an uphill battle lies ahead. Even if Obama wins re-election, his health-care overhaul is likely to languish if Republicans win control... Read more

Five Cancer-Free Years Later

Monday, December 5, 2011, 6:30 AM
Last week we celebrated my older daughter’s fifth birthday. It was a great day, including bowling with her friends, cake and candles, presents, and lots of laughs and smiles. It was everything one hopes for for their child. On the night of her birth, five years ago, I wasn’t sure I’d... Read more

Remembrance and Change

Friday, December 2, 2011, 6:30 AM
My return from a talk in Copenhagen on Sunday, Nov. 13, brought me through London’s Heathrow Airport. As our plane descended, the pilot announced that Heathrow, along with pretty much everything across the United Kingdom, was temporarily shutting down at 11 a.m. for Remembrance Day. As part of... Read more
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Through prevention, education, and intervention, public health practitioners - epidemiologists, health policy experts, municipal workers, environmental health scientists - work to keep us healthy.

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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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