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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...

Let Her Feed Her Hungry Baby... Anytime, Anywhere

Aletha Maybank, M.D., MPH | Posted 08.22.2016 | Impact
Aletha Maybank, M.D., MPH

All of this underscores the message that women, especially women of color, are just not good enough, and our bodies are not good enough. Many women don't feel they have the freedom to determine how to use our own bodies.

Doctors Need Your Help to #DisarmHate & End Gun Violence

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 08.15.2016 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

Medical and public health personnel need you, our fellow Americans, to be part of the changes in policy and culture that will end gun violence. We can stop another American town from becoming a mass shooting hashtag.

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine's Plan to Fight Zika in Florida and Beyond

Quora | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics

In light of the outbreak of Zika in Florida, are you concerned and what can or is the U.S. government doing to prevent its spread? originally appeared...

Demanding Protection From Fossil Fuels

Michael Green | Posted 08.09.2016 | Green
Michael Green

The fossil fuel industry has been at the center of the climate change debate, for good reason. We urgently need to transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy sources in order to stave off catastrophic climate disaster.

Mike Pence Is Radically Anti-Public Health

Akash Goel | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics
Akash Goel

In terms of policy, understanding, and regard for public health -- Mike Pence is by all counts an unmitigated disaster.

Jill Stein: The Liberal Pseudo-Scientific Demagogue

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 08.03.2016 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

Despite her medical education, Stein has chosen to go down the mendacious road of identity politics.

Using Snapchat Filters to Report On Sexual Abuse Survivors

Rebecca L. Weber | Posted 08.03.2016 | Women
Rebecca L. Weber

In a recent piece on young rape survivors, Omar used Snapchat's digital facial-masking capabilities to hide the identity of the speakers, while still keeping visible the eyes and the nuances of facial expressions. Scroll down to watch the video below to see how this simple, powerful approach works.

Public Health Should Have Its Own Section on The Huffington Post

Joseph T. Spadafino | Posted 08.02.2016 | Impact
Joseph T. Spadafino

As an epidemiologist and someone who wishes to bring attention to matters of public health importance, much of what I write does not totally fit into any one of the existing sections of the Huffington Post.

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.