The Public's Health Archive: December, 2011

'Tis the Season (to Wash Your Hands)

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Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis wasn't just the father of hand washing, but a man whose ideas pre-dated the science to support them... Read more

Moving Towards a Ban on Chimpanzee Research

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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... Read more

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

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This week the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an independent federal agency “charged with determining the probable cause... Read more

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

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When it comes to protecting the public’s health, the Safe Drinking Water Act is bedrock legislation. Since 1974, the Act has provided... Read more

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

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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... Read more

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

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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... Read more

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

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Last week, a commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine explored what different 2012 election scenarios could mean for the Affordable... Read more

Five Cancer-Free Years Later

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Last week we celebrated my older daughter’s fifth birthday. It was a great day, including bowling with her friends, cake and candles... Read more