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Archive: July, 2013

O'liver and the dancing docs of LOVE Park

Monday, July 29, 2013, 6:30 AM
The World Hepatitis Day flash mob was a success! Last week, seeking to spread the word about hepatitis C - most people don't know that they are infected, and more Americans die every year from this virus than from HIV - my colleagues and I proposed a dancing flash mob in Philadelphia's LOVE Park... Read more

May I dance with your liver? (Flash mob: Friday, 1:30 p.m., LOVE Park.)

Thursday, July 25, 2013, 6:30 AM
What do you know about hepatitis C? Did you know that it is the most common bloodborne infection in the United States? That it is five times more common than HIV, yet has a fraction of the government funding for prevention, care and research? That it is often called a silent killer, because infected... Read more

Civil War’s record deaths led to major advances in public health

Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 6:30 AM
Pennsylvania is marking the Civil War Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) with special events at Gettysburg and other locations throughout the state and in Philadelphia. America’s bloodiest conflict, of course, led to more deaths from disease than on the battlefield for both Union and Confederate... Read more

Gesundheit! Patch Adams is coming to town

Thursday, July 18, 2013, 6:30 AM
Gesundheit, German for “health,” typically is said to someone after they sneeze. The Gesundheit! Institute is a not-for-profit health care organization founded by Dr. Hunter ”Patch” Adams, to create a new model of health care that is linked to community health, welcomes complementary... Read more

The AMA says obesity is a disease. Is that healthy?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 6:30 AM
At its recent annual meeting, American Medical Association (AMA) delegates rejected the advice of their own Committee on Science and Public Health and voted to reclassify obesity as a disease rather than a condition or disease risk factor. Proponents believe that this reclassification by the nation’s... Read more

Look out for grill bristles!

Friday, July 5, 2013, 9:30 AM
We write about a lot of complex issues here at The Public’s Health. Issues that seem intractable, such as implicit racial bias and poverty. Issues that are ethically challenging, such as organ donation. Issues that have serious implications for future generations, such as climate change and fracking... Read more
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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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