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From Pennsylvania to the Pacific and Back: The Public Health 3.0 Listening Tour
First Stop: Allegheny County

Dr. Karen DeSalvo | Posted 05.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen DeSalvo

The best way to start that conversation is by listening, which is why we have launched a Public Health 3.0 Listening Tour of communities throughout our country.

Islam's Contributions to Modern Day Public Health

American Muslim Health Professionals | Posted 05.03.2016 | Religion
American Muslim Health Professionals

Practices of good hygiene and nutrition, disease prevention, and infectious disease control-- recognized as hallmarks of public health today, were supported over 1400 years ago through the teachings of Islam.

2 Alarming Findings About How Poor Sleep Hurts Your Heart

The Huffington Post | Sarah Digiulio | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living

Multiple studies have shown that poor sleep can up your risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer. But two new studies published last week --...

When It Was Even Scarier

Anne Schuchat, MD | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Anne Schuchat, MD

Four score and seven years ago, my mother was born into an America swarming with pathogens. Many were simply known as diseases of childhood; not all c...

Preventing the Spread of Zika Requires Addressing Poverty

Jonathan Patz | Posted 04.29.2016 | World
Jonathan Patz

Communities in the US with sanitation, improved housing, and air conditioning are less likely to be exposed to Zika or any other vector-borne diseases, like dengue fever or West Nile virus.

Our Benedictine Journey Continued

Dr. Michael S. Brophy | Posted 04.28.2016 | Education
Dr. Michael S. Brophy

As I was preparing to come to this Benedictine community, I reflected on my first formative leadership experience.

Why Are Gayborhoods So Gay?

Samuel Chiron | Posted 04.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Samuel Chiron

While we can be positive that there are safe spaces for homosexual individuals, can we make similar claims of representation for transgender, gender nonconforming, people of color or even lesbians? Not necessarily.

How Open Science Can Help Solve Zika and Prepare Us for the Next Pandemic

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 04.22.2016 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

When more eyes can look at data, it is less likely the data will contain errors -- and solutions can be developed jointly. Just as in software, scientists anticipate that by open sourcing more medical data, they will enable more breakthroughs by increasing the body of pre-vetted knowledge and reducing the redundancy in research efforts.

Parks for Healthy Cities -- Time to Fill Our Prescription

Jad Daley | Posted 04.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Jad Daley

Taking the extra step to actually prescribe park visits and recreation as a health solution helps make this link between parks and health even more direct.

Why the Dominican Republic?

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 04.20.2016 | Green
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

When we describe the vision and the mission of Schools for Sustainability, Inc. (S4S) we frequently get a response that is something like, "Of course,...

Addressing Global Mental Health Challenges and Finding Solutions

Inka Weissbecker | Posted 04.18.2016 | Impact
Inka Weissbecker

Francis spent two years with his foot tied to a wooden log in a shed. He suffered from psychosis but his family was unable to help him because they ha...

Overweight And Thin People Might Actually See Food Differently

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.17.2016 | Healthy Living

Educating people about healthy eating is a nice idea, but does it result in healthier habits? Not necessarily, according to researchers at the Univers...

Access to Medicines: Something We Should All Agree On in the Global Drug Debate

Vafa Ghazavi | Posted 04.16.2016 | Impact
Vafa Ghazavi

While opioid analgesics such as morphine are a cost-effective medication for treatment of moderate to severe pain related to cancer, HIV/AIDS, surgery, and other conditions, they are not adequately available in most developing countries.

The Baghdad Boil: Fighting a Painful Flesh Parasite Affecting Iraq's Displaced

Crystal Wells | Posted 04.13.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Dohuk, Iraq--When Zahra's family heard Islamic State ISIL forces had captured the nearby northern Iraqi town of Sinjar in the summer of 2014, they fle...

The Flaws in the Emerging Toxics Reform Legislation and How They Can Be Fixed

Nicholas Ashford | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Nicholas Ashford

TSCA was heralded as a much-needed protection for greater worker, consumer, and public health protection. It provided the authority for both regulation and testing of chemicals, but it hasn't lived up to its hope and promise, even compared to its parallel effort -- the REACH Directive.

Public Health and the New York Primary

Linda P. Fried | Posted 04.11.2016 | New York
Linda P. Fried

On April 14th, all of the Republican and Democratic candidates for President will be in New York City - the Democrats for a debate in Brooklyn; the Republicans for a gala in Manhattan. And what better place to discuss public health than New York City?

Four Characteristics of Active, Healthy Neighborhoods

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 04.15.2016 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Scientists are learning more and more about how where we live affects the amount of exercise we get, and thus how fit and healthy we are likely to be.

NYC Public Advocate: More Needs To Be Done To Protect Children From Lead Paint Poisoning

The Huffington Post | Scilla Alecci | Posted 04.09.2016 | Business

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James says the city needs to strengthen the current regulations that are on the books to combat lead poisoning, ...

We Can't Have It Both Ways

Bill Couzens | Posted 04.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

Real change will come when we as a nation realize we cannot have it both ways and need to invest in prevention.

Your Doctor Might Believe Disturbing Stuff About Black Patients

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.12.2016 | Healthy Living

When it comes to emergency care, you may have a tough time if you're in pain and not a white man. Previous research has shown that black and Hispanic...

What Our 2016 Presidential Candidates Can Learn From Lady Gaga

Karen L. Baker | Posted 04.07.2016 | Impact
Karen L. Baker

The current state of sexual violence is a stark reminder of the policy work that remains to tackle this issue: rape is the most underreported crime and has very real implications for our economy, costing the United States an estimated $127 billion a year

'Green News Report' - April 5, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.05.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: New report finds climate change is going to kill a lot of Americans; The ...

A Message for Grandparents About Medication Safety

Kate Carr | Posted 04.04.2016 | Parents
Kate Carr

We want grandparents, parents and all caregivers to remember that the first line of defense in preventing medicine poisoning is family and with a few simple precautions we can help keep our kids active, healthy and safe.

Climate Change Will Make Us Sicker And Make Our Food Less Nutritious

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Climate change will likely have dramatic effects on the physical and mental health of the U.S. population, worsening everything from the...

We Don't Need a Zika Czar. We Need a Women's Health Czar.

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 04.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

We need more than a Zika czar, as several members of Congress have suggested. We need a U.S. women's health czar -- someone who will take a longer view and prioritize sustained research on infectious diseases in pregnant women.