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New Study Shows We Are What We Tweet About Health And Happiness

The Huffington Post | Allison Fox | Posted 10.21.2016 | Healthy Living

For just 140 characters, a tweet can say a lot. A new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research Public Health and Surveillance foun...

Have STDs Reached Crisis Level? The Status Quo Is No Longer Enough

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 10.20.2016 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data showing that case numbers for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis -- the ...

The Movement for Black Lives' Policy Demands: Polarizing or Health-full?

Aletha Maybank, M.D., MPH | Posted 10.18.2016 | Black Voices
Aletha Maybank, M.D., MPH

In the context of a contentious political season, it should not be surprising that much of what the Movement for Black Lives has been calling for has been framed as a polarizing, political agenda, when at much of its core, it is a public health agenda.

One More Time With Zika: Investment in Prevention Costs Less, Means Better Health

Deborah Klein Walker | Posted 10.18.2016 | Impact
Deborah Klein Walker

Prevention is an investment. Investments in local, state and federal public health infrastructure are necessary to stop the spread of Zika and other infectious diseases in the United States, as well as address the health outcomes for those who are infected.

Sweet Deals: Soda Companies Sponsor National Health And Medical Organizations

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 10.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Warning. If you already feel too cynical about life, don't read this story. It contains factual fodder for the claim that our nation's health agenda i...

Big Soda May Be Messing With Our Most Trusted Health Organizations

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.12.2016 | Healthy Living

Between 2011 and 2015, Coca-Cola and Pepsi sponsored 96 national health organizations. This includes the American Diabetes Association and the Nationa...

The Accelerating Opioid Crisis, And A Glaring Vulnerability

Rob Britton | Posted 10.06.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

In the arc of a lifetime, I've witnessed the rising tides of many drug epidemics, beginning in the 1960s. Sadly, none have accelerated as quickly as the latest opioid addiction epidemic, which seems to be sweeping the nation and leaving no one untouched. In fact, you can't read the news without seeing one disturbing example after another.

Put Some Condoms In That College-Bound Care Package

Jennifer S. Hirsch | Posted 10.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Jennifer S. Hirsch

I have to admit, the condoms on the dining room table were a little surprising. The packing list the college sent us suggested a first aid kit, along ...

Tim Kaine Among Growing Number Of Americans Against The Death Penalty

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.05.2016 | Healthy Living

The percentage of Americans who oppose the death penalty is the highest it’s been in decades, according to a new poll. The poll, from Pew Research C...

Climate Change This Week: Breakthrough in Home Solar Power, Redefining Resiliency, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.05.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Indian bullfrog, a denizen ...

Preventing Suicide Takes a Public Health Approach

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 09.29.2016 | Impact
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Co-authored by: Paolo del Vecchio, MSW, Director of SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services "Statistics are human beings with the tears wiped off...

The Heart of Mental Health and Well-Being at the United Nations

Jim Luce | Posted 09.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Jim Luce

In the normally staid halls of the U.N., energy exploded as Bolivian musician Hillario Soto entered a large conference room at the back, playing his h...

Green Cities = Calmer Minds and Stronger Hearts

Jad Daley | Posted 09.26.2016 | Green
Jad Daley

If you're like me, even a short summer getaway from the city, like to the mountains or shore, helps to calm your mind and strengthen your heart. Imagine if our cities were more like the natural places we visit--what beneficial impact could this have on our health? This question has special importance as it pertains to lower-income city-dwellers who can't afford to escape to a quieter place.

Is Your Presidential Candidate Telling You About His/Her Plans to Cover Millions of Uninsured Americans in 2017?

Alice Achieng | Posted 09.22.2016 | Women
Alice Achieng

One of the key goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare, was to reduce the number of uninsured Americans by expanding acce...

The Public Heath Crisis In Rural India And How It Can Be Conquered

Sehej Kaur | Posted 09.22.2016 | Impact
Sehej Kaur

I recently came across the story of an Indian woman named Seema, a mother from a small village in Jharkhand, India. Her story encircles around the strenuous travels she has had to commit to in order to reach some sort of substantial medical facility, which usually only consist of three doctors and three nurses while also being overcrowded with patients; her nearest hospital is a two-hour bus ride away.

Refugees Count: Revolutionizing Data on Displaced Peoples

Lindsay Stark | Posted 10.03.2016 | Impact
Lindsay Stark

About one in every seven people on the planet will migrate at one point in their lives. But not all forms of migration are equal—and it comes down t...

The Sugar Industry Paid Scientists To Be On Its Side As Early As The 1960s

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.13.2016 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - In the 1960’s, before conflict of interest disclosure was required, the sugar industry sponsored research promoting dietary fat a...

Too Many People Are Dying in Northeast Texas

David Lakey | Posted 09.12.2016 | Healthy Living
David Lakey

2,615. That's the number of people who died in Northeast Texas in 2014 who wouldn't have died if mortality rates in the region were simply the same as...

New York To Allow Late-Term Abortions For Health At-Risk Women

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.09.2016 | Healthy Living

New York will allow late-term abortions for women whose pregnancies endanger their health, a move that brings the state into federal compliance and en...

The Pressing Need For An Emergency Fund For Public Health

Linda P. Fried | Posted 09.07.2016 | Politics
Linda P. Fried

The arrival of the Zika virus to the United States underscores the need for a new funding mechanism that enables public health officials, not politicians, to determine how and when to act to protect the American people.

Zika Virus Disease And Targeted Vector Control 'The Future is Already Here -- Just Not Evenly Distributed'

Paul Herscu ND, MPH | Posted 09.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Paul Herscu ND, MPH

This article addresses only one aspect of prevention of Zika virus caused disease; it is the fifth in a series. For previous writings on the subject a...

EpiPen Alternatives Exist, And They May Be Cheaper

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.30.2016 | Healthy Living

The soaring price of the EpiPen has garnered controversy recently, but there are alternatives to this well-known allergy treatment device. The EpiPen ...

America's No. 1 Killer Is Changing

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.26.2016 | Healthy Living

Cancer has passed heart disease as the leading cause of death in nearly half of U.S. states, according to a new report. In 2014, cancer was the leadin...

The Case For Public Health, In 18 Charts

Sandro Galea | Posted 08.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Sandro Galea

The U.S. has substantially worse health outcomes than all its peer nations. In a list of non-communicable disease mortality in 17 high-resource countr...

Cities vs. Climate Change

Linda P. Fried | Posted 08.24.2016 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

At this, the height of a very warm summer and in the midst of a year that's predicted to become the hottest on record, it's clear that cities are majo...