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Archive: March, 2012

Don't let Lyme disease tick you off

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 6:30 AM
Public health is everywhere, even lurking in the bushes. Last week, while playing disc golf at Sedgley Woods in Fairmount Park and trying not to think about work or school, I couldn’t help but ponder Lyme disease—a public health issue that I realized I knew relatively little about. Lyme... Read more

Court ruling might limit antibiotic use in animals - for our health

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 6:30 AM
It has been 35 years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration acknowledged that antibiotic overuse in farm animals posed a health risk to humans and announced its intention to withdraw approval for some types of uses of the antibiotics penicillin and tetracyclines. Back then, however, political... Read more

Score political points or help victims of domestic violence?

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 6:30 AM
Since its original bipartisan passage in 1994, the Violence Against Women Act has been fairly uncontroversial. The act, which seeks to protect victims of domestic and intimate partner violence and also institute programs to reduce it, was reauthorized in 2000 and 2005 with little fanfare (click here... Read more

A new front in the anti-smoking effort

Friday, March 16, 2012, 6:30 AM
Yet another study confirms the obvious: public health works. Specifically, tobacco control-programs and policies are effective in reducing lung cancer-associated deaths. But there is a caveat: After years of steady declines in U.S. smoking rates, the numbers haven’t moved much in nearly a decade... Read more

Mr. Mayor, try for that soda tax again!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 6:30 AM
The Inquirer reported Monday that Mayor Michael Nutter’s twice-failed, 2-cents-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages — aka the soda tax — would not be resuscitated in City Council this year. “At the moment, the sugar-sweetened beverage tax is not on my radar screen,” Nutter... Read more

Groundwater: It’s fracking important

Sunday, March 11, 2012, 6:30 AM
Today marks the start of National Ground Water Awareness Week—sandwiched between National Sleep Awareness Week and National Poison Prevention Week. While such designations have perhaps become too ubiquitous in public health, this year’s National Ground Water Awareness Week may be the most... Read more

The agrarian myth and industrial reality of animal agriculture

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 6:30 AM
Today’s post is by John Rossi, a guest blogger for The Public’s Health. Rossi, a veterinarian and bioethicist, is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Drexel University School of Public Health. This item is based on a presentation he delivered at an American Public Health Association meeting... Read more

Grandparents and guns: A novel public health concern

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 6:30 AM
Most discussion about the public health implications of the aging of America has focused on issues related to long-term care, chronic medical conditions, and rising health care costs. Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are raising another: gun safety. In their commentary this month... Read more

A crisis in dental care

Sunday, March 4, 2012, 6:30 AM
“As a nation, we don't talk about it much but there is a dental crisis in America," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vermont) said Wednesday at a meeting of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. The occasion was the release of a report-- Dental Crisis in America – that calls attention... Read more

Animals are dying in gas-drilling country. Are humans next?

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 6:30 AM
What do 17 dead cows, seven stillborn puppies, an anorexic horse, and a delirious child have in common? Unfortunately, there’s no punch line to this one. According to research published recently in New Solutions, a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on environmental and occupational health... 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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