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The Injustice Of Lifetime Food Stamp Bans

Jason Silverstein | Posted 07.29.2016 | Impact
Jason Silverstein

Five states still impose a lifetime ban on food stamps for people who have been convicted of a felony drug crime. Not only do these bans threaten individual and public health, but they incubate the very types of criminal behavior that law enforcement claims they want to eliminate.

Early childhood development begins with a mother's breast

Flavia Bustreo | Posted 07.29.2016 | Impact
Flavia Bustreo

Exclusive breastfeeding is the best way to give your child a great start in life. We all need to do everything in our power to support women who want ...

What causes asthma? Clues from London's Great Smog with implications for air pollution today

The Conversation US | Posted 07.26.2016 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

Jamie T. Mullins, University of Massachusetts Amherst Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition with no known cure. It impacts people of all ages thr...

The Olympics Won't Spread Zika Around The World

The Conversation US | Posted 07.26.2016 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

The controversy over the Olympics should not distract us from the global threat Zika poses. But we should keep fears about the Olympics in perspective. The domestic chaos over Ebola in 2014 is all it takes to remind us what happens when our reactions are guided by fear, rather than by evidence.

Input Compassion Output Results

Regina Jackson | Posted 07.25.2016 | Education
Regina Jackson

Our children should be enthusiastic readers. And as members of their "Compassion Team," it is our responsibility to show them compassion in many forms so they can grow and nurture their confidence and love for reading. Oakland students deserve to find their pot of gold through reading. Remember, Input genuine compassion and we can move mountains - they are called results!

When Will Candidates Close The Empathy Gap On Research For Health?

Mary Woolley | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Mary Woolley

We are in the throes of an election season in which divisive issues are at the forefront. One issue that a majority of Americans can agree on is advancing research to combat deadly and debilitating diseases.

Drunk Driving Laws Don't Match The Research

The Conversation US | Posted 07.22.2016 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

Research suggests lower blood alcohol concentration limits and interventions like ignition interlocks can make a big difference.

Love Your Mother Earth: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.18.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Each week at The Pollination Project, we shine light on seven grantees whose environmentally friendly projects are bringing justice to the vast planet...

Congress Passed An Important Bill On Opioid Treatment -- Now They Need to Fund It

Travis N. Rieder | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Travis N. Rieder

The bill did not include complete funding for the proposals, which Republicans insisted be voted on separately after the summer recess.

CARE Documentary Hits Home

Riane Eisler | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Riane Eisler

With exquisite sensitivity, a new documentary called CARE deftly weaves the stories of two elderly women and two chronically disabled men with those of the four women paid to care for them. In spite of the geographic, racial, income, and ethnic diversity of the subjects, their struggles spring from a single source: the lack of value given to care.

'Pokémon Go' Catches High Praise From Health Experts

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 07.14.2016 | Healthy Living

Whether it’s lumbering up a giant hill to catch up with Pikachu, or trekking several blocks just to nab Magnemite, “Pokeman Go” players are gett...

Hate Is A Public Health Emergency

Aletha Maybank, M.D., MPH | Posted 07.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Aletha Maybank, M.D., MPH

Orlando is a wake-up call, an opportunity to say "never again," not only to obvious acts of violence like the Pulse Nightclub massacre, but to the more subtle but equally lethal acts of violence fueled by every day, systemic hate.

Public Health Research Reduced Smoking Deaths -- It Could Do The Same For Gun Violence

The Conversation US | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Prayers are not going to fix the fact that each year 30,000 deaths and many more injuries are caused by firearm violence. Recognizing gun violence for the public health problem it is might.

Those Who Struggle With Addiction Are Not Getting Help

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Leana Wen, M.D.

Good afternoon, Chairman Cummings and members of the Platform Drafting Committee. I am here as the Health Commissioner of Baltimore City to speak about the health threats faced by communities across America.

To Sell Kids on Veggies Do What the Food Industry Does

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Advertisements sell. Companies wouldn't be spending so much money on them had they not delivered. To parents' dismay - and to public health advocates'...

Why The Haitian Cholera Victims Deserve Their Day In Court

Jason Silverstein | Posted 06.30.2016 | Science
Jason Silverstein

One out of every fourteen Haitians has been infected with cholera. They deserve an official forum to examine why this happened and who is responsible.

Navigating an Epidemic: Challenges and Opportunities in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

David Barash | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact
David Barash

As an Emergency Physician, I am no stranger to treating people in pain. During each shift in the emergency department, my provider colleagues and I st...

A Strong EPA Delivers Protection, Justice, And Pathways To A Cleaner Future

Gina McCarthy | Posted 06.29.2016 | Green
Gina McCarthy

In one of the most creative and ambitious environmental enforcement settlements in U.S. history, we are addressing the immediate pollution issue VW caused and, at the same time, setting a new precedent for long term benefits that can be achieved under the Clean Air Act.

Why Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot Is A Game Changer

Marc Hurlbert, PhD | Posted 06.28.2016 | Science
Marc Hurlbert, PhD

In response to Vice President Biden's call for commitment, cooperation and collaboration, today, we announce an unprecedented goal of doubling our annual cancer research investment from $50 million to $100 million, aiming for a cumulative investment of $1 billion, by 2021.

Gun Violence Is a Public Health Crisis

Dr. Mary Bassett | Posted 06.27.2016 | Impact
Dr. Mary Bassett

For far too long, far too many lives have been cut short by the plague of gun violence in the places we live, work, play and love. We can't wait for Congress to act on gun control; it's time for the rest of us to take responsibility.

Put Children - Especially Girls - High on the Global Agenda

Lindsay Stark | Posted 07.06.2016 | Women
Lindsay Stark

This year, one billion children around the world will experience a form of violence and around 200 million children will not meet their developmental ...

Guns And The (Re)Public's Health

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Leslie Gerwin

For those of us who are not obsessed with restriction-free gun ownership, male, wealthy, powerful, and certain that opposing opinions are wrong, America's birthday reminds us to worry anew about health of our republic.

Here's Why 'Brexit' Will Be A British Public Health Disaster

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.24.2016 | Healthy Living

In a final tally of 52 percent to 48 percent on the "Brexit" referendum Thursday, Britons voted to exit the European Union, a decision that many belie...

The Price of Congressional Inaction on Local Response to Zika

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Leana Wen, M.D.

Congress is finally answering the call to address the alarming infectious disease threat of the Zika Virus. However, the level of funding included in their recent votes is not close to enough. The effect will be particularly disastrous for local governments across the country.

Guns, Butter, and The Burden of Proof

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.22.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In all of biomedicine, spanning clinical care, medical research, and public health practice, we subscribe to the "precautionary principle." Basically,...