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Archive: December, 2012

The science of gun violence

Thursday, December 27, 2012, 6:30 AM
Janet Golden, a Rutgers University history professor, specializes in the histories of medicine, childhood and women. Things to talk about when we talk about Newtown, mental health, and guns: 1. “The vast majority of violence in our society is not perpetuated by persons with serious mental illness... Read more

Top public health issues of 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 9:44 AM
By Michael Yudell and Jonathan Purtle Approximately 3.9 million babies will fondly recall 2012 as the year they were born in the United States. The year will hold a special place in their hearts for an estimated 78.5 years—the average life expectancy at birth in the U.S. Their chances of living... Read more

Genes don't explain Newtown. Autism certainly doesn't.

Friday, December 21, 2012, 6:30 AM
In the wake of the awful tragedy in Newtown, Conn., some pundits are already trying to peer into the mind of the killer, making misbegotten claims about the cause and nature of his violent act. On Wednesday, it was announced that Connecticut’s chief medical examiner, H. Wayne Carver II, had... Read more

A public health response to gun violence in America

Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 6:30 AM
Esther Chernak is a physician and director of the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication at Drexel University School of Public Health, where she is an associate research professor. By Esther Chernak One of the fundamental challenges in the practice of public health – the work... Read more

26 names to remember from Sandy Hook

Sunday, December 16, 2012, 9:51 PM
By Michael Yudell There is so much to say about the awful tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Friday. But for now, I encourage our readers to focus on those who perished. Remember their names and learn about their lives. Have their families in your thoughts. Charlotte... Read more

From 'TB Blues' to 'Bacteria': A musical medical history playlist

Friday, December 14, 2012, 6:30 AM
Janet Golden, a Rutgers University history professor, specializes in the histories of medicine, childhood and women. Jeffrey Anderson has been researching blues lyrics relating to disease, and has written about the 1918 flu pandemic's impact on Philadelphia. By Janet Golden and Jeffrey Anderson Blues... Read more

Could education equal medication for treating chronic disease?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 6:30 AM
Matt O’Brien is an assistant professor of medicine and public health at Temple University and a founder of Puentes de Salud, a health center serving immigrant Latinos in South Philadelphia. By Matt O'Brien Almost six months ago, at a community meeting in South Philadelphia, I heard the following... Read more

Too many women continue to die in childbirth

Friday, December 7, 2012, 6:30 AM
JoAnne Fischer is executive director, and Bette Begleiter deputy executive director, of the Maternity Care Coalition, a Philadelphia nonprofit that works to improve maternal and child health and wellbeing through the collaborative efforts of individuals, families, providers and communities. By JoAnne... Read more

GOP channels 'X-Files' paranoia to defeat UN disabilities treaty

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell Sometimes I wonder if a subset of Republicans in this country completely misunderstood the classic and creepy 1990s TV show The X-Files. You know, the one where a sinister shadow government works in cahoots with space aliens to facilitate the colonization of planet earth. That series... 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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