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Many Still Don't Realize Disproportionate Impact of Smoking on LGBT People

Harvey Makadon, M.D. | Posted 07.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Harvey Makadon, M.D.

Tobacco companies have long targeted our community with ads featuring LGBT people and themes. They have supported our causes. While the support has been welcomed, it has come with a price.

How Data and Analytics Can Help the Developing World

Travis Korte | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Travis Korte

While commentators routinely discuss the ways the United States and other developed countries can use data and analytics to improve the lives of their citizens, the many opportunities for data to transform the developing world are less well-known.

Tipping the Scales on Obesity: How to Sell Health

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Obesity is among the most pressing public health concerns today -- and the situation has just taken a turn for the worse.

The High Cost of Vaccines

Ruth Macklin | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Ruth Macklin

What -- if anything -- can be done about a situation that forces patients to choose between two undesirable options: risk succumbing to a preventable illness or pay the exorbitant amounts the companies are charging?

Expanding the Business of Public Health

Linda P. Fried | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business
Linda P. Fried

America's public health challenges -- from the prevalence of diabetes to poor nutrition to air pollution to climate change to the health that cities foster -- require the active participation of business if they are to be overcome.

4 Reasons the Detroit Water Shut-Offs Matter

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 07.06.2014 | Detroit
Lisa Schechtman

Last month, the City of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department began to shut off water service for around 3,000 customers a week, people who have fallen behind on payments by more than $150 or 60 days.

States Argue Stricter Beach Contamination Warning Standards Are Unnecessary

AP | JOHN FLESHER | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal plan to lower thresholds for warning the public about contaminated beach water is drawing protests from state ...

Kate Sheppard

EPA Science Advisers Call For Stronger Smog Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Environmental Protection Agency science advisers have recommended the agency strengthen ozone pollution standards in order to protect ...

The Ruling on Soda Servings and Its Implications for Public Health

Linda P. Fried | Posted 06.26.2014 | New York
Linda P. Fried

New York State's highest court ruled on June 26 against New York City's proposal to limit the size of servings of sugary sodas. It's a ruling that raises real concerns about limiting the ability of municipal health departments to tackle 21st-century public health challenges.

The Third Demographic Dividend and the Global Challenge of Longer Lives

Linda P. Fried | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

Are there stages when certain social institutions or other policies need to be implemented in order to optimize the benefits of an aging population for all ages?

To End America's Hepatitis C Epidemic, Bring It Out of the Shadows

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Just 25 years ago, scientists identified the previously unknown virus that has since killed hundreds of thousands of Americans. It now threatens the health of millions more.

"I'd Kill Him" - Racist Violence as State Policy in Burma

Andrea Gittleman | Posted 06.23.2014 | World
Andrea Gittleman

In her latest book, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton lauded improvements in Burma as a hallmark of her successes at the helm of U.S. foreign policy, but any reforms are woefully insufficient if codified discrimination, deliberate denial of health care, and perpetual violence continue.

No Need for Generations to be Pitted Against Each Other

Linda P. Fried | Posted 06.19.2014 | Fifty
Linda P. Fried

There's a growing tendency for public policy leaders and commentators to warn one generation about another when the topic of entitlements arises. But the truth is that it's bad advice -- refuted by research.

The Power of Prevention

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 06.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard K. Koh

As a doctor and a public official committed to improving the health of Americans, I am concerned that men often have poorer health outcomes than women...

The Power of Prevention

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 06.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Benjamin Franklin once said that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," yet 279 years later his words still have not been successfully put into medical practice.

An Update From Uganda

Nourish International | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Nourish International

This post was written by Nourish International student interns from Penn State University and Duke University, currently working with Community Concer...

Would the Marlboro Man Get Diabetes Today?

Riva Greenberg | Posted 06.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

I just returned from Findlay, Ohio where I addressed 25 people with Type 2 diabetes. Most of them use insulin and most rely on Medicaid for their insu...

Silent Epidemic: Kidney Disease in the African-American Population

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 06.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Black Americans are three times more likely than White Americans to develop kidney disease and to require dialysis. Of great concern is that this racial disparity remains constant across all age groups. It may not make many headlines, but it needs to be brought to the attention of the public.

As Global Demand for Dairy Products Soars, Domestic Innovation is Key

Michael Zacka | Posted 06.04.2014 | Business
Michael Zacka

Every day, our increasingly independent children and adolescents are faced with coolers full of beverage and energy drink options, and they must have innovative and attractive milk alternatives that make it easier to make the nutritionally smart choice.

Guns vs. Misogyny vs. Mental Illness: A False Choice

Briallen Hopper | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Briallen Hopper

In the wake of last week's massacre at UCSB, people have been arguing about what the tragedy was "really" about. The "#YesAllWomen" campaign blames mi...

Putting a Public Health Lens on Incarceration

Linda P. Fried | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

We need to address the conditions for its spread, prevent its adverse impacts on children and families, and identify more effective ways to stop our "school to prison pipeline" by creating the conditions for positive trajectories for every member of the most vulnerable communities.

American Youth Are Bombarded By E-Cigarette Ads

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The amount of television advertising for electronic cigarettes that American adolescents saw jumped...

Combating the Silent Epidemic of Hepatitis B in the AAPI Community

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 05.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Kiran Ahuja

Ed. note: A version of this blog was originally posted on the White House Blog. As part of CDC and Hep B United's Know Hepatitis B campaign, this in...

Expanding Impact, Replenishing Hope

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

To say this has been a global health accomplishment of epic proportions would not be an overstatement.

You Can Chew It. You Can Swallow It. But Is It Food?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Despite thinking at first that warning labels might go too far, I wound up realizing they wouldn't go nearly far enough. Junk should never have been glorified as a food group in the first place.