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Archive: February, 2013

Sequester puts America’s brain trust at risk

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 6:30 AM
On Friday if Congress and the president do not act, what is known as the budget sequestration-- automatic cuts to a wide range of government programs– will kick in. This spells public health disaster. The first to feel the massive cuts to public health programs will be mothers and young children... Read more

The problem with 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Friday, February 22, 2013, 10:52 AM
By Michael Yudell Whether you are rooting for Anne Hathaway’s gritty performance as mother-turned-prostitute-turned martyr Fontine in Les Misérables, or Bradley Cooper’s breakout performance in Silver Linings Playbook, you should also be thinking about something else while watching... Read more

From the medical side, arguing for smokers' rights

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 4:00 AM
Jon Kole is in his fourth and final year of a combined MD and Masters of Medical Ethics program at the University of Pennsylvania. By Jon Kole What do Cleveland Clinic, the World Health Organization, and Geisinger Health System in central Pennsylvania have in common? They all reject new job applicants... Read more

Moving the target on gun research

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 9:26 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Injuries are the leading cause of death among people age 44 and younger in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Center for Injury Prevention and Control is the federal entity charged with reducing this burden. Visit the Center’s website... Read more

What you didn’t know about Medicaid in 2013 (let alone 2014)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 6:30 AM
Did you know that sometimes there is a free lunch — or, more precisely, free money? If not, then let me guess: You haven’t finished reading the 900+ pages of the Affordable Care Act, even though this was one of your New Year’s resolutions. And maybe you’ve woken up in the middle... Read more

Why expand Medicaid in Pennsylvania? For families.

Friday, February 8, 2013, 1:01 AM
On Monday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a conservative Republican, said “yes” to his state receiving billions of federal dollars to increase health-care coverage through Medicaid expansion. The following day, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, in an unsurprising but still disappointing turn of events... Read more

Why attack snack food in schools?

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle Last Friday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new standards to regulate the nutritional content of food sold in schools. The standards come in response to a bipartisan request from Congress for something to be done about childhood obesity in the U.S.—... Read more

Coming soon: new minimum sound standards for hybrid vehicles

Friday, February 1, 2013, 6:00 AM
By Michael Yudell Earlier this month the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed new minimum sound standards for hybrid and electric vehicles traveling under 18 miles per hour, a speed at which such cars travel in near silence... Read more
About this blog

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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