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Why Sex Ed Is a Matter of Public Health

Dr. Gloria Brame | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Dr. Gloria Brame

We don't need studies to tell us that people who don't understand how to prevent pregnancy end up either as underage parents or abortion statistics. The key to reducing the need for abortions is reducing the number of pregnancies.

Understanding the Science Behind Childhood Obesity

Linda P. Fried | Posted 04.13.2015 | Science
Linda P. Fried

Brand-new research reveals that whether a child is normal weight, overweight, or obese at age 5 is hugely indicative of weight at age 50. If a child is obese at age 9, the correlation is even greater; at age 15, it's still worse. This extraordinary finding means that trajectories of weight gain starting at age 5 can be linked through ages 9 and 15 all the way to middle age.

6 Vaccines Adults Shouldn't Skip

Posted 04.16.2015 | Healthy Living

By Chai Woodham for U.S. News Often, the conversation about vaccines is centered on children -- as vaccines are still believed by some to cause aut...

Fast Food Chains Are Allowed Inside Hospitals In These 15 States

Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.16.2015 | Healthy Living

Florida and Texas earn a dishonorable mention for being the states with the most fast food locations inside of hospitals, according to a recent report...

Climate Change Is a Public Health Issue

Margie Alt | Posted 04.09.2015 | Green
Margie Alt

When it comes to global warming, an ounce of prevention is certainly worth a pound of cure. As National Public Health Week draws to a close, let's keep the focus on how we can prevent the climate crisis and the catastrophic health consequences that could come with it.

6 Ways Parents Can Help Make Youth Sports Safer

Brooke de Lench | Posted 04.08.2015 | Parents
Brooke de Lench

New child protection laws aren't the only way to help improve youth sports safety. There are numerous steps that parents can take, along with other like-minded parents, to make the sports experience safer for all children in their local communities.

The Troubling Connection Between Anger Management Problems And Gun Access

Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.09.2015 | Healthy Living

Nearly one in 10 U.S. adults have both a history of impulsive anger and access to a firearm, according to a new study by researchers from Duke, Harvar...

In Celebration of National Public Health Week

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

During this National Public Health Week, I celebrate all of public health partners across the city and the country. Thank you for all that you do. I am proud to work in public health and to serve with you.

Building Momentum Toward a Safer Climate and a Healthier Nation

Gina McCarthy | Posted 04.08.2015 | Green
Gina McCarthy

As temperatures rise, smog becomes worse and allergy seasons get longer, further risking our families' health and making it harder for kids to breathe. Warmer temperatures also increase vector-borne diseases by expanding seasons and geographic ranges for ticks, mosquitoes and other disease-carrying insects to roam.

Why Nurses Need Twitter

Mona Shattell | Posted 04.07.2015 | Technology
Mona Shattell

As scientists and educators, we don't have a lot of free time. But we wouldn't be either of these things, nor be proficient at them, if we didn't keep in touch with the communities that undergrid everything we do. Twitter turns out to be the most powerful tool we have to do this.

Bending the Curve and Saving Newborn Lives

Mariam Claeson | Posted 04.02.2015 | Impact
Mariam Claeson

Every once in a while, a major innovation comes along -- one that has the potential to change the lives and health of families all over the world -- especially in remote, hard-to-reach areas.

The End of Ebola? Lessons at the Epidemic's One Year Anniversary

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 03.30.2015 | World
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Going forward, we need to be better prepared for further outbreaks of this and other infectious agents. Maybe someday in the future, Ebola will be sealed and contained in a building. But in the modern age, even such containment is only temporary.

Partnering Across Public and Private Sectors to Beat TB in India

Gopi Gopalakrishnan | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Gopi Gopalakrishnan

Every year, nine million people contract tuberculosis (TB). If it takes you five minutes to read this article, 81 people will have contracted TB by the time you finish.

A Disease a Day Doesn't Keep Panic Away

Theresa MacPhail | Posted 03.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Theresa MacPhail

So instead of fear mongering, or using fear to garner public support for public health programs and responses, maybe we should start appealing to common sense. We shouldn't always need to be terrified into action.

The Changing Politics and Consistent Science of Vaccinations

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. | Posted 03.19.2015 | Science
Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.

It's fascinating how anxiously we await cures to the most horrible diseases like cancer, and yet how easily we dismiss cures to diseases when they exist.

Kate Sheppard

Senate Seems Poised To Advance 'Compromise' Chemical Regulation Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senators traded some jabs at a hearing on chemical safety legislation Wednesday, but it seems likely that the bill will advance out of t...

Pi and Science, Sense and Cake

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

When the beverage industry, for instance, helpfully points out that no long-term, randomized trial has specifically implicated their sugary concoction in epidemic childhood obesity, we might consider that no such trial has ever implicated any given snowflake in an avalanche fatality, either. Perhaps avalanches are actually innocuous.

Champions for Change: Meet the Champions -- Part 3

Champions for Change | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact
Champions for Change

Champions for Change (C4C) is pleased to continue our 'Meet the Champions' Series. This bi-monthly blog series highlights the work of 24 Nigerian leaders currently participating as C4C champions.

It's About the Kids

Joseph A. Califano Jr. | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Califano Jr.

Regulation is needed urgently to prevent a repeat performance by Big Tobacco. Our youth in particular need to be protected, given the disturbing trend of increased teen use of e-cigarettes and the accompanying potential rise in nicotine addiction.

Hurdling The Health Access Barrier

Cassie Chandler | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Cassie Chandler

However imperfect our health system may be, we generally have the information and tools at our disposal to identify and select the best options for our individual needs. In the developing world, however, making these same informed decisions is actually an acutely-felt barrier, one that often prevents women and their families from enjoying good health.

The Public Health Message of House of Cards, Season 3: A Series Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

House of Cards and its veteran writers and producers construct for President Underwood a domestic agenda built on the premise that joblessness is a public health emergency. Brilliant, since in fact, from a public health perspective, it most certainly is.

Dear Colleagues: We SUCK!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I'm not saying we are wrong. In fact, we may all be right, about everything. But we are all right about disparate and seemingly-competing bits of the same, whole truth. The result is that nobody can see that whole truth.

How The Internet Of Things Can Bolster Health

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 03.09.2015 | Technology
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

We are all connected in health. Sharing data for health, for good, is the new organ donation.

Grandparents Have a Role in Vaccination Discussion

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 03.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Grandparents can explain their concerns for their grandchildren. If they -- like me -- are old enough to have had measles or remember past epidemics, they can recall a person in their community who died or was impaired by this seemingly innocuous disease.

Startup 'Simply Aware' Aims to Improve Public Health With At-Home STD Testing

Carol J. Carter | Posted 03.05.2015 | Impact
Carol J. Carter

Unlike standard testing services that can be inconvenient and intrusive, Simply Aware is a testing service that provides access to certified lab testing in the comfort and privacy of the customers' own home.