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Primary Care and Public Health: A Partnership to Change America's Health

Brian Castrucci | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Castrucci

We cannot afford to perpetuate a system that pressures clinicians to chase outcomes for problems that originate far beyond their reach. We must pursue transformation that aligns public health and primary care.

Sustaining Progress in Cancer Research: Precision Medicine and More

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Judith A. Salerno

One very encouraging proposal in President Obama's recent State of the Union is the commitment to greater federal investment in biomedical research, including precision medicine and genomics research.

Deniers Of Science: The Anti-Vaccination And Anti-Abortion Movements

David A. Grimes | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living
David A. Grimes

As noted by the Los Angeles Times, "the anti-vaccination movement is a corner of the United States that is backsliding into medieval ignorance." The same holds true for the science deniers of safe, legal abortion.

Facing the 'Flunami'

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 01.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

For the overwhelming majority of humans, the current flunami is a shaking, aching, sniffling, hacking inconvenience that will run its course, no matter what we do with our shiny degrees and cutting-edge prescriptions. As such, a visit to the doctor is generally a waste of time and dollars.

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

Johann Hari | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Johann Hari

New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts.

Phony Anti-Vaccine Propaganda Is Killing U.S. Children

Erik Ose | Posted 01.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Erik Ose

Is it too much to ask Jenny McCarthy to read a simple, well-researched article and properly educate herself about how no legitimate scientific studies have linked vaccines to autism? And then, to announce to the world she was wrong? It would help undo at least some of the damage she's done to public health and our country's children.

It's Time to Get Serious About Harmful Radon Exposure

Gina McCarthy | Posted 01.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Gina McCarthy

Our near-term goal is to reduce unsafe levels of radon in 5 million homes by 2020, preventing 3,200 lung cancer deaths every year. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate avoidable radon-induced lung cancer in the United States. We know we can do it.

The Surprising Role That Social Media Can Play In Healthcare

Benn Grover | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Benn Grover

How can we leverage these new social platforms to forge unique opportunities that bring the right people, resources and strategies into a conversation that will create new and needed solutions?

2015: The Year of the Ministry of Wellness?

Susie Ellis | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Susie Ellis

But workplace wellness and wellness tourism are simply not enough. What can public servants do to step up their public policy efforts when it comes to the wellbeing of their citizenry and country overall?

A Crossroads of Research and Education

Raquel Cruz-Stratton | Posted 01.13.2015 | College
Raquel Cruz-Stratton

In getting involved in research, I have become a better student. But I have also become a stronger investigator -- a skill that extends beyond the classroom.

Corporate Violence as Crime: Anniversary of the West Virginia Chemical Spill

Rena Steinzor | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
Rena Steinzor

Under American law, criminal prosecutions serve dual, mutually reinforcing purposes: they both punish and deter. Yet until recently, prosecutors have been excessively cautious about defining routine industrial behavior as a guilty act that triggers criminal culpability.

Prevention Science Should Be a Higher Federal Funding Priority

Linda P. Fried | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Linda P. Fried

One of the great ironies of American health care is that we have the highest per capita spending among industrialized countries, yet we rank near the bottom in preventable health outcomes.

Cuba's Contributions to Local and Global Public Health

Donna A. Patterson | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Donna A. Patterson

President Obama's decision to begin restoring diplomatic and economic relations with Cuba is historic, and the U.S.-Cuba detente provides a valuable impetus for Cuba to expand its local and international biomedical capacity.

Whether for Life or for One Year, Banning Blood Donations From Gay and Bi Men Is Bad Science

Ben Spielberg | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

By suggesting that gay and bisexual men are at risk for HIV and straight people aren't, the FDA's guidelines misinform the public. To the extent that it contributes to ignorance of the risks associated with certain types of heterosexual sex, the FDA's policy, even in its revised form, actually presents a public-health concern.

A Most Violent Year

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Whether you see the film for its story, character depictions, New York habitat, or message -- or all of the above -- remember that since 1981 things have changed. Brutal social problems can be tackled. Safety and fairness can stand a chance. One person, one community, one city at a time.

5-Year Journey: One Blog

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

While it is critical that we reduce the number of tobacco users in Chicago, addressing this challenge alone will only get us so far. It is just as important to encourage all residents to adopt healthier lifestyles across the board.

5 Stories of 2014: The Surprising Links Between Human and Animal Protection

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Here's my list of five headline-grabbing stories in 2014 that show just how connected human health and animal protection are.

Local Liberian Communities Take Action

Joel Lamstein | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Joel Lamstein

The fight against the Ebola epidemic is a critical global issue that has captivated the attention of the broader international community. It has been a decade since Liberia emerged from an extended civil war.r

Public Health Lessons from Ebola in 2014

Linda P. Fried | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Linda P. Fried

As we steel ourselves to keep combatting this crisis, it's important to highlight the public health lessons learned over 2014. Such crucial lessons will be critical for nations, health systems, and donors to embrace as Ebola evolves and other challenges emerge in 2015.

Don't Forget Our Anniversary: The Surgeon General's Report

Mary Giliberti | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Giliberti

This month marked the two-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary school tragedy in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. In a report on State Mental Health Legislation in 2014, NAMI noted that on the first anniversary of the tragedy last year, Americans could see progress flowing from both the White House Conference on Mental Health and state legislation. This year, progress has slowed.

#WhiteCoats4BlackLives: 3 Things We Need to Talk About

Hammad Moses Khan | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Hammad Moses Khan

As medical students, health care professionals, and supporters all across the country come together for #WhiteCoats4BlackLives demonstrations, we do so with the understanding that the status quo is not acceptable, that the path we are headed down is not sustainable, and our lack of discussion on race in this country is not healthy.

Chicago Is Holding Big Pharma Accountable for Their Role in Fueling the Rx Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

We are seeking to hold the pharmaceutical companies who manufacture these drugs accountable for what we now believe was a methodically-executed plan to deceive doctors and patients into over-prescribing opioids.

Combatting Ebola and Infectious Disease Long-Term

Linda P. Fried | Posted 12.11.2014 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

It may seem premature to address our capacity to deal with these challenges long-term when the immediate needs in West Africa are so great, but the long-term action may be needed sooner than we think and the short-term solutions could well be the first bricks in the that foundation.

Beyond Three-Fifths of Health With Dr. America

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

One of our first sins as a country was abandoning an ideal of the Declaration of Independence: "all men are created equal." When it came time to write our Constitution, we included a three-fifths clause that said if you fit the slave profile, then you only count as three-fifths of a person.

From Silos to Systems: Improving Knowledge Sharing for Public Health

Stephan Rabimov | Posted 12.11.2014 | Impact
Stephan Rabimov

Knowledge sharing and management, provide a systematic approach through an activity (or series of activities) by which information is exchanged among networks and organizations. Knowledge sharing is a common approach to many recent public health solutions.