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Lynn R. Goldman
Lynn R. Goldman, MD, MPH, is the Michael and Lori Milken Dean of Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has also served as an Assistant Administrator in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Entries by Lynn R. Goldman

Measles: A Rising Public Health Threat

(6) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 4:49 PM

Earlier this month California lawmakers pushed ahead on a bill that would ban most of the loopholes that allow parents to avoid requirements to vaccinate their children before entering public school, a move taken in response to a measles outbreak that began back in December.

Those lawmakers should...

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Cutting Carbon Pollution Will Help Create a Healthier Planet

(12) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 11:42 AM

In June, President Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a proposal that would cut carbon pollution from electrical power generators by 30 percent compared to 2005 levels. We should applaud the Administration for taking action that would at once start to address the crisis...

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An Investment in Prevention Offers a Healthy Return

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 2:44 PM

A report released this month highlights a disturbing trend: More and more children and young adults are developing type 2 diabetes, a disease that was previously virtually nonexistent in these age groups -- and one that is linked to unhealthy weight gain.

Nearly every day another report...

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Government Shutdown Harms the Public Health

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 11:36 AM

As I write this column, much of the federal government continues to be shuttered, members of Congress are still in gridlock, thousands of federal workers are out on furlough and the cutbacks in federal programs that directly affect the nation's well-being and public health have already started to...

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Ending the Silence on Mental Illness

(4) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 10:42 AM

As the dean of the George Washington (GW) University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS), I often walk to my day's appointments in the District of Columbia. Not unlike any other large urban area, I often pass men and women who seem to be suffering from...

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The Rising Threat of Childhood Obesity

(6) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 2:45 PM

As a girl growing up in Galveston, Texas, my friends and I would play active games around the neighborhood or (in summer) go to the beach to swim and collect seashells. We had PE at school every day. School lunches weren't memorable but they weren't loaded with junk food and...

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Prevention of Breast Cancer: An Urgent Priority

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 12:28 PM

In 2012, an estimated 227,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer, and about 40,000 died from this disease. Despite decades of research, the number of breast cancer cases continues to climb.

To address this growing public health problem, the Interagency Breast...

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Prescription Painkillers Mixed With Alcohol: A Deadly Mix

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 2:40 PM

On Dec. 19, 2011 a 28-year-old graduate student at the George Washington University went to sleep and never woke up. Earlier that night, Benjamin Gupta mixed a prescription painkiller with alcohol. It was a mistake that cost him his life.

By all accounts, Ben Gupta was smart, motivated...

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Congress Must Step in to Prevent Another Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 4:21 PM

House and Senate lawmakers will hold the first hearings this week to investigate the deadly outbreak of meningitis in the United States.

Those hearings represent a step in the right direction, but Congress must follow up with legislative action -- or run the risk that this outbreak will be followed...

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Fracking: Abundant Energy, But at What Cost?

(38) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 9:50 AM

The boom in natural gas production across the United States takes advantage of a process called hydraulic fracturing. "Fracking" now accounts for more than 30 percent of the supply of natural gas and has created jobs in economically distressed parts of the United States. Natural gas burns more cleanly than...

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