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Navigating an Epidemic: Challenges and Opportunities in Addressing the Opioid Crisis

David Barash | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact
David Barash

As an Emergency Physician, I am no stranger to treating people in pain. During each shift in the emergency department, my provider colleagues and I st...

A Strong EPA Delivers Protection, Justice, And Pathways To A Cleaner Future

Gina McCarthy | Posted 06.29.2016 | Green
Gina McCarthy

In one of the most creative and ambitious environmental enforcement settlements in U.S. history, we are addressing the immediate pollution issue VW caused and, at the same time, setting a new precedent for long term benefits that can be achieved under the Clean Air Act.

Why Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot Is A Game Changer

Marc Hurlbert, PhD | Posted 06.28.2016 | Science
Marc Hurlbert, PhD

In response to Vice President Biden's call for commitment, cooperation and collaboration, today, we announce an unprecedented goal of doubling our annual cancer research investment from $50 million to $100 million, aiming for a cumulative investment of $1 billion, by 2021.

Gun Violence Is a Public Health Crisis

Dr. Mary Bassett | Posted 06.27.2016 | Impact
Dr. Mary Bassett

For far too long, far too many lives have been cut short by the plague of gun violence in the places we live, work, play and love. We can't wait for Congress to act on gun control; it's time for the rest of us to take responsibility.

Put Children - Especially Girls - High on the Global Agenda

Lindsay Stark | Posted 07.06.2016 | Women
Lindsay Stark

This year, one billion children around the world will experience a form of violence and around 200 million children will not meet their developmental ...

Guns And The (Re)Public's Health

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Leslie Gerwin

For those of us who are not obsessed with restriction-free gun ownership, male, wealthy, powerful, and certain that opposing opinions are wrong, America's birthday reminds us to worry anew about health of our republic.

Here's Why 'Brexit' Will Be A British Public Health Disaster

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.24.2016 | Healthy Living

In a final tally of 52 percent to 48 percent on the "Brexit" referendum Thursday, Britons voted to exit the European Union, a decision that many belie...

The Price of Congressional Inaction on Local Response to Zika

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Leana Wen, M.D.

Congress is finally answering the call to address the alarming infectious disease threat of the Zika Virus. However, the level of funding included in their recent votes is not close to enough. The effect will be particularly disastrous for local governments across the country.

Guns, Butter, and The Burden of Proof

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.22.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In all of biomedicine, spanning clinical care, medical research, and public health practice, we subscribe to the "precautionary principle." Basically,...

Research Needed to Help Treat Children Affected by Zika

Catherine Y. Spong | Posted 06.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Catherine Y. Spong

While our attention is rightly focused on vaccine development, mosquito control, and other measures to prevent the spread of Zika, it is also important that we in the public health community identify optimal approaches to treat and care for the generation of children exposed to the virus in the womb.

Baltimore's Model Of Public Health Recovery And Resilience

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 06.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Through the lens of public health, we can aspire to create well-being in all of our communities and ensure that everyone can reach their full potential.

It Takes a Village

Kenneth Moritsugu | Posted 06.16.2016 | Impact
Kenneth Moritsugu

Our family lost two beautiful lives, and we ended up saving eight others through the miracle of transplantation. For any donation to happen, there needs to be perfect coordination across healthcare professionals, from donor hospital nurses to administrators to organ recovery coordinators to transplant centers. Unfortunately, there are as many times when that doesn't work as when it does.

Gunshot Wounds Are Getting Deadlier, One Hospital Finds

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living

Just days after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, a new study from Denver finds that deaths from gunshot wounds at a trauma center there ha...

A Different Way To Look At Public Health In The United States

Joseph T. Spadafino | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Joseph T. Spadafino

Working towards improved health outcomes is an unending endeavor, but we should never hesitate to take a moment to acknowledge how far we've come. Next time you're with your friends or family, think about the diseases or disabilities they never had to suffer from.

Historic Chemical Regulation Law Sets the Stage for a Safer Future

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Lynn R. Goldman

A landmark bill that was just passed by Congress now gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the power to regulate thousands of potentially to...

Awakened by Sleep: My Drowsy Driving Story

Kelly Lawrence | Posted 06.14.2016 | Impact
Kelly Lawrence

She watches her dad's bald head disappear into the white Toyota Avalon. The reverse lights come on and he's gone.

Gun Control Laws Are Not Perfect. Let's Do Them Anyway.

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

"If car seats are so great, then why don't they stop drunk drivers from killing people? Just more stupid traffic laws getting in the way of freedom." ...

Agora for Good: Let’s Democratize Donations

Linch Zhang | Posted 07.05.2016 | Impact
Linch Zhang

The nonprofit sector occupies a surprisingly large proportion of the US economy. In 2014 alone, nonprofits received over $250 billion in individual do...

Da FUNction Event to Celebrate the Urban Gardening Movement with Local Residents

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 06.09.2016 | Los Angeles
Kimberly Cooper

What do you get when you take a neglected space, unused resources, and an inner city-community that has long been forgotten -- and offer a movie in th...

What The CDC Is Doing About The Zika Virus

Quora | Posted 06.08.2016 | Healthy Living

Could the Zika problem in the US become as bad as its been in certain places outside the US? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing netw...

Baltimore's Big Soda Moment: Why Access to Sugary Drink Information is a Civil Rights Issue

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

Baltimore's corners are often associated with the public health threat presented by illicit drug dealing and use but there is another, more unassuming, danger lurking inside corner stores and supermarkets: sugar-sweetened beverages.

Stepping up the fight to end cholera and chikungunya outbreaks in Mandera County, Kenya

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 06.06.2016 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

"An MSF assisted cholera treatment center in Mandera, Kenya". June 03, 2016 - Photo credit : @unfpaken Mandera's double whammy, the concurrent outb...

Methane Leaks: How Oil and Gas Emissions Pose Widespread Risk to California Communities

Jorge Madrid | Posted 06.03.2016 | Green
Jorge Madrid

We have a problem with methane pollution from the oil and gas industry in California. And it is a problem with the potential to severely damage the environment and the health and safety of all Californians, if this pollutant is allowed to escape unchecked.

Public Health Must Not Resuscitate the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

Hatched during the market triumphalism of the 1980s, modern era trade agreements like the TPP have contributed to the most lopsided inequality in income distribution since the Great Depression.

Making Peace with Bacteria--for Good Health

Lauren Walker | Posted 06.03.2016 | Science
Lauren Walker

With the recent confirmation of the first U.S. case of truly antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection, public health officials' concerns regarding ove...