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Jamaica Advises Women To Delay Pregnancy Due To Zika Virus

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.19.2016 | Healthy Living

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Jamaica's health minister is advising women to delay plans to become pregnant for the next six to 12 months due to the mosq...

A Public Health Crisis in Flint: What Is in Your Glass/Bathing Water?

Patti R. Rose | Posted 01.19.2016 | Black Voices
Patti R. Rose

Raise your voices, do what you can from every venue, with whatever skill set you have and let's make sure that this never happens again, because next time, it may be your city/community. What's in your glass/bathing water?

Lead Isn't The Only Problem With Flint's Water

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living

Flint, Michigan, isn't just dealing with tap water contaminated by lead. A Flint Journal-MLive Freedom of Information Act request revealed Saturday t...

Letter from Granizal, Colombia, To The World...And Back

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.18.2016 | World
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

During the early 1990's, Medellin had the world's highest homicide rate of 400 for every 100,000 people. The history of violence and the influx of people into this urban area demanded a change in the way people understood and lived in their city.

More Than 100 People Quarantined After Sierra Leone Ebola Death

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living

More than 100 people have been quarantined in Sierra Leone after coming in contact with a woman who died of Ebola last week, highlighting the potenti...

Living Near A Highway Linked To This Common Health Problem

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living

Women who live close to major highways where the air is polluted by traffic exhaust fumes may be slightly more likely to have fertility problems than...

Ebola Is Over, But Could It Happen Again?

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.17.2016 | Healthy Living

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The World Health Organization announced Thursday that the world's biggest-ever Ebola epidemic is over after two years. Here is...

Helping Students Pursue Research With A Purpose

Footnote | Posted 01.20.2016 | Education
Footnote

While there may not be a clear-cut path for how to do this kind of work, it all starts with expanding student learning to the world beyond the classroom.

The End of Dietary Guidelines for Americans?

Dr. Paul Marantz | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paul Marantz

The National Academy of Medicine will put together a panel of experts, who perhaps will understand that we need more of the right sort of science--the science of public health rather than biochemical/mechanistic/nutrition--to answer the real question: do we know that issuing these guidelines does more good than harm? If the answer to this question is "No," as I think it is, here's hoping the 2015-2020 version will be the last such set of guidelines issued.

'Man Flu' Stories Show How We Make Women's Health All About Dudes

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 01.15.2016 | Science

Whiny men might be excited by recent news stories that claim “man flu” -- the trope that men turn into bedridden drama kin...

Martin Luther King, Jr.: His Place in the Modern Universe

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Many will opine on the right way to recall and celebrate Dr. King's place in the universe. My modest contribution is to suggest we recall and celebrate the universe in which Dr. King, and all the rest of us, have found a place -- and the means by which we know it.

Dirty Medical Instruments Linked To More Than 250 'Superbug' Infections

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.14.2016 | Healthy Living

SEATTLE (AP) -- At least 250 people, mostly in the U.S., were sickened with life-threatening "superbug" infections linked to contaminated medical sco...

Desplazados: The Invisible Citizens

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.13.2016 | World
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

As we boarded the plane from Boston to Medellin, Colombia, and our tickets were being scanned one by one, we realized the importance of being counted.

Trees: Helping Cities Solve Climate Change

Jad Daley | Posted 01.13.2016 | Green
Jad Daley

To fully grasp the potential of trees to combat climate change, one has to understand the "Urban Heat Island Effect." This situation occurs when pavement and other built materials in our cities absorb and re-radiate heat, to create an oven-like effect.

Snakebite anti-venom shortages: A preventable public health crisis

Duncan Maru | Posted 01.12.2016 | Impact
Duncan Maru

This post was written by two of Duncan's colleauges, Possible's C.O.O. Ryan Schwarz and Medical Director Bikash Gauchan. Dr. Schwarz is the Chief Op...

Muslim Health Professionals Continue to Live Their Faith Despite Bigotry

American Muslim Health Professionals | Posted 01.11.2016 | Impact
American Muslim Health Professionals

In the current wave of anti-Muslim hysteria, even Muslim health professionals are not immune to bigotry or racial hatred.

Take Action Against Lung Cancer

Jack Huston | Posted 01.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Jack Huston

Having been a smoker for 15 years, I realize that now is the time for me to stop acting and to take action -- to follow my own message and do my best to avoid becoming another lung cancer statistic.

Are We Finally Ready to Decriminalize Sex Work? One New Hampshire State Legislator Thinks So

Alison Bass | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Alison Bass

In countries that have decriminalized prostitution and regulate it to some degree, sex workers not only have much safer working conditions but are much less likely to develop HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

No Tolerance for Gun Violence

Martin J. Walsh | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics
Martin J. Walsh

I traveled to Washington D.C. and stood with President Obama as he took measures to make our communities safer. Gun violence is not just a local problem or an inner-city problem --it's an American problem. 1.5 million Americans have been killed by gunfire on U.S soil since 1968.

Medellin: The Right Place and Time for Collaborative Learning in Public Health

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.07.2016 | Impact
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

Today marks Day 2 of the Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health course -- a project of the Open Hands Initiative and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), in collaboration with the University of Antioquia School of Medicine.

It's Unclear Whether Or Not Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.07.2016 | Healthy Living

Reuters Health - Bigger studies are needed to tell whether cancer screening really saves lives, according to a new analysis. While cancer screening m...

Why Isn't Learning About Public Health A Larger Part of Medicine

The Conversation US | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

Clinical medicine can treat patients when they are sick, but public health provides an opportunity to prevent disease and poor health. But too often, medical students don't get to learn about public health, or how to use it when they become doctors. That means many of today's students aren't learning about health care in a broader context.

The Indelible Connection Between Clean Air and Children's Health

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 01.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Lynn R. Goldman

It is all too easy to forget that a healthy childhood is not just about avoiding germs and preventing accidents. Many air and water pollutants are invisible to the naked eye, so small that we often overlook their role in our children's health.

Finding the Good in 2015

Manal Omar | Posted 01.05.2016 | Good News
Manal Omar

I cannot lie. I was eager to put 2015 behind me. The news threatened to overwhelm me to a point of paralysis. I was only able to break through once I ...

Urban Agriculture for One New York

Nevin Cohen | Posted 01.05.2016 | New York
Nevin Cohen

On December 12, 2014, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) issued a request for qualifications that offered-up more than 180 v...