The Public's Health


Confused about the ACA? Outraged by the AHCA?

Find out everything you've always wanted to know about the health-care debates but were afraid to ask.

When did the sun turn bad? A brief history of tanning

The old advice: Put your baby in the sun!

When did the sun turn bad? A brief history of tanning

The old advice: Put your baby in the sun!

Taken for a ride? Driverless cars, ethics, and public health

Autonomous vehicles have a lot going for them, not least in the critical public health arena of saving lives. Yet they also raise a series of rarely discussed ethical and population health issues, from life-or-death decision-making algorithms that have not been fully explained (why hit that...

Taken for a ride? Driverless cars, ethics, and public health

Autonomous vehicles have a lot going for them, not least in the critical public health arena of saving lives. Yet they also raise a series of rarely discussed ethical and population health issues, from life-or-death decision-making algorithms that have not been fully explained (why hit that person?), to whom they will help (the poor?), and which priorities they fulfill (public transit?).

Climate change and chronic disease: twin perils and a golden opportunity to solve both

The common link between rising rates of chronic disease and the warming of the earth's climate: Fossil fuels.

Climate change and chronic disease: twin perils and a golden opportunity to solve both

The common link between rising rates of chronic disease and the warming of the earth's climate: Fossil fuels.
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Obamacare: A scholar’s tale

With mortality rates from infectious diseases rapidly declining, more chronic illnesses like diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease had emerged as the leading causes of adult deaths. Without cures, what should clinicians do? The answer: prevent them from occurring in the first place.

Promise and peril in the Trump era: The history of immigration in America

There is a disconnect between the promise that Lady Liberty represents and the administration's efforts to have her turn her back on specific groups of refugees and immigrants. It isn't new.

Building on Arthur Evans' legacy: next steps for behavioral health in Philadelphia

After 12 years, Dr. Arthur C. Evans' steps down Friday as commissioner of a transformed department of behavioral health. Mayor Kenney and the rest of the city will need to work hard to maintain and build on his accomplishments.

Where will data take the Trump administration on housing?

Multiple studies have shown the strong connection between racial residential segregation and health. Will Ben Carson's HUD be allowed to collect that kind of data to support its mission?

The Affordable Care Act is about public health — our health


Pregnancy as a pre-existing condition? Just repeal the ACA.

Until Obamacare went on the books, you could be denied coverage for pregnancy — a pre-existing condition. Think about that for a moment.

ACA repeal recalls politics of maternity and infant care ... in the 1920s

It was no surprise that Republican members of the new Congress, sworn in just 10 days before, voted last week to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and they have vowed to slash or transform other health programs including Medicare and Medicaid. Obamacare may be new but much of the politics is not....

#WhataDoctorLooksLike

Almost 40 years ago, during my internal medicine clerkship at Penn, I walked into a patient’s room, introduced myself as a medical student and proceeded to take a brief medical history. After I had finished, the intern went to see the patient but soon emerged and laughingly told me that the...

Following Philly's lead, soda taxes approved in four more cities

Voters in San Francisco and three other cities overwhelmingly approved by-the-ounce soda taxes, upgrading Philadelphia's status overnight from outlier to soothsayer in a trend that proponents hope will establish a new kind of sin tax.

Your handy-dandy presidential public health voter's guide

If you care about public health and can't decide between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, this review of their positions may help.

Could undocumented immigrants help Obamacare?


Of ghosts and bones and vitamin D (on Halloween, before the election)

It’s a perfect time for a spooky tale of specters and midnights and skeletons. Well, how about a spooky story about a ghost haunted by his own bones? And to send a few more shivers down your spine, this story comes wrapped up with a history lesson—Boo!