iOS app Android app

Public Health

Shifting the Old Debate over Vaccines

Theresa MacPhail | Posted 02.09.2015 | Science
Theresa MacPhail

Why aren't the scientific facts about the effectiveness and safety of current vaccines for dangerous diseases like whooping cough and measles enough to change anti-vaccinationists' minds?

Ebola Epidemic Takes a Toll on Sierra Leone's Surgeons

Seema Yasmin | Posted 02.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Seema Yasmin

Even as health officials cautiously declare a decline in the rate of Ebola infections, the epidemic has exacted a new assault against health care workers in the region.

Overdose Prevention in a New York City Prison: Start of a Groundbreaking New Initiative

Allan Clear | Posted 03.09.2015 | New York
Allan Clear

Risk of death from overdosing on heroin or other opioids such as Vicodin or OxyContin goes up substantially after periods of refraining from drug use. Quantities that once brought pleasure can be fatal after a period of abstinence. The research shows that individuals leaving jail or prison are particularly vulnerable.

Social Entrepreneurship: The Way to Public Sector Efficiency May Be Through Private Sector Insights

Gopi Gopalakrishnan | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact
Gopi Gopalakrishnan

The public sector suffers from a serious lack of any similar feedback mechanism. There are no quick metrics available that will assist in implementation.

A Plague From Last Century Speaks Loudly in the Present

Tamar Abrams | Posted 02.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Tamar Abrams

My grandmother, who lived well into her 90s, contracted tuberculosis as a young mother. She spent several lonely years in Saranac Lake, New York while...

#VaccinesWork: Open Letter to Parents & Families From Faith Leaders

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

A disease wiped out has returned because of choices that put the nation's health in jeopardy. More responsible choices are demanded.

Relearning The Horrors Of Measles

Seema Yasmin | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Seema Yasmin

The rapid rise of measles of this year has highlighted the importance of vaccines. They are heralded as one of the top 10 successes of public health in the 20th century. So why do some people -- even some health care workers -- choose not to use them?

Domestic Violence: Silence Is Its Greatest Ally

Kristen Lewis | Posted 02.12.2015 | Impact
Kristen Lewis

Domestic violence is a pervasive, complicated public health issue that requires an equally pervasive and multi-layered response.

Jonathan Cohn

Rand Paul's Vaccine Comments Are Just The Latest Chapter In 136-Year-Old Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics

Republicans have learned to dodge questions about climate change by saying, “I’m not a scientist.” When Rand Paul started getting questions abou...

Hillary Rodham Clinton Will Be a President Who Believes in Science

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

With the outbreak of measles in the United States, we once again see a divide on how basic science and research are viewed by the leading members of the Republican and Democratic Parties.

What Do Bridges and Public Health Have in Common?

Brian Castrucci | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Castrucci

We have major infrastructure needs in many sectors in the United States. The potential impact of a failing public health infrastructure should alarm us and drive action. We can't predict when the next outbreak, epidemic, or disaster will occur, but we can guarantee that it will take place. The question is whether we will work to fortify the public health infrastructure now or deal with the consequences later.

No Shame to Big Soda's Game... #MakeItHappy

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Cooper

Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love Kid President. He's adorably funny, spirited, and comes with an amazing story of perseverance -- building a fan ...

Safer Strawberries Or False Choices?

Paul Towers | Posted 03.17.2015 | Green
Paul Towers

In 2013, when California officials set out to create new protections for Manuel, Karen, Deby and their families, I hoped for the best. In 2015, we should remain equally hopeful that state officials can keep us on the right course to healthy communities and prosperous farming. And we will do everything in our power to make it that way.

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

Brian Castrucci | Posted 03.28.2015 | 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 03.28.2015 | 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 03.25.2015 | 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 03.24.2015 | 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 03.22.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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 03.14.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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.