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Archive: March, 2013

The public health of fishing vessel winches. (Seriously!)

Friday, March 29, 2013, 6:30 AM
This small story from a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the federal government's weekly compilation of case studies and public health advisories, caught my eye: “Fatal and Nonfatal Injuries Involving Fishing Vessel Winches — Southern Shrimp Fleet, United States, 2000–2011... Read more

The potential of parks (with programs)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 6:30 AM
What gets people out and exercising in the park? Is it the characteristics of the community that surrounds the park, such as the presence or absence of crime and blight? Or is it the organized activities, such as the presence or absence of a Zumba class taught on Thursday nights by a local resident... Read more

Wavering on early education could ruin our future

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 6:30 AM
In his 2013 State of the Union Address, President Obama emphasized the need to give our kids a chance by making high quality-preschool available to every child . His message echoed that of Former President Lyndon B. Johnson, who in his 1964 State of the Union address resolved to begin the War on Poverty... Read more

Could immigration reform improve our health?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 6:30 AM
During his State of the Union address last month, President Obama challenged the assembled lawmakers to tackle comprehensive immigration reform. The issue has proven a divisive one in our national political discourse, and most of the discussion focuses on the political ramifications. Pundits have discussed... Read more

Bloomberg’s big-soda ban is still effective!

Friday, March 15, 2013, 6:30 AM
I am of two minds on the court decision Monday striking down the New York City Board of Health’s ban on the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces one day before it was to kick in. I applaud both the judge’s ruling and the mayor’s resolve. The ban was declared “arbitrary and... Read more

Revisiting the rights of children

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 6:30 AM
By Jonathan Purtle What does the United States have in common with South Sudan and Somalia? Not much, except for being the only other United Nations member state that has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Entered into force in 1990, the CRC is a human rights document... Read more

My best friend, Joanie, died of colon cancer

Thursday, March 7, 2013, 6:30 AM
Joanie was under 50 — too young for the recommended screening — and by the time she showed symptoms it was too late. Today, instead of celebrating International Women’s Day together, as we did for so many years, I have to write a different kind of post — about National Colon... Read more

Mediterranean Diet, without the hype

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 6:30 AM
By Michael Yudell Results of an important study out of Spain published last week in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine suggests that a “Mediterranean Diet” supplemented by additional extra-virgin olive oil or nuts significantly lowered the risk of having a heart attack, stroke... Read more

Bed bugs, hookworms and mosquitoes: a public health playlist for the blues

Friday, March 1, 2013, 6:30 AM
By Janet Golden and Jeffrey Anderson The great blues songs of the 1920s have a lot to teach us about the miseries of what experts call insect vectors of human disease, many of which remain a problem throughout the world. Our last look at music recounted blues bacterial lyrics through the ages. Now... 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, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
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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