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In light of all the lead: Let's take care of the basics.

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 06.06.2016 | Science
Joe S. Whitworth

In a time-honored, headline-killing move, late Friday afternoon before a long weekend, Portland, Oregon's Public School Superintendent slipped in an a...

A Gold Medal in Fear Mongering

Sandro Galea | Posted 06.02.2016 | Sports
Sandro Galea

To call off the Olympics because of the anticipated but false threat of accelerated dissemination of Zika by the relatively few visitors from each country risks substantial economic damage to Brazil's already fragile economy, as well as to the hard-fought dreams of countless elite athletes.

To Fight Superbugs, Fight Poverty

Jason Silverstein | Posted 06.01.2016 | Science
Jason Silverstein

In addition to alleviating the burden of copayments for the poorest patients, what might make a difference in the fight against antimicrobial resistance in low-income countries is the same as what might make a difference in the fight against Zika or Ebola.

The Crucial Connection Between Climate and Health

Linda P. Fried | Posted 06.01.2016 | Green
Linda P. Fried

Climate science expertise is growing—but so is the need to translate and apply that science into public health practice.

Campaign Forecast: Hot & Cold on Climate Change

William S. Becker | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
William S. Becker

If it turns out as it appears that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the major parties' candidates for the presidency this year, one of their clear-cut differences will be their positions on global climate change. Secretary Clinton is a climate hawk; Mr. Trump is a climate denier.

Corporations Could Soon Advertise in Our National Parks

Donald Cohen | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

The Grand Canyon, brought to you by Budweiser. Verizon signs throughout Yellowstone. The thought of advertising in our national parks is nauseating. But it could happen.

Are We Prepared for Emerging Infectious Diseases?

Medical Discovery News | Posted 05.24.2016 | Science
Medical Discovery News

In the past several years, we have heard a lot about infectious microbes threatening the public health of all Americans. Some of the names of these agents seemed foreign at first but are familiar now - Ebola, MERS and Zika. But are these really new viruses causing disease?

Build a Culture of Health

John Quelch | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business
John Quelch

Whether big or small, companies looking for a place to start should target one or two areas under the four pillars that they can impact relatively quickly. They can then later extend their efforts into other areas. The point is to get started.

Transparency Trumps Sugar: the New Nutrition Label and the Fight Against Obesity

William Dietz | Posted 07.06.2016 | College
William Dietz

Could it be we’re entering a sugar awareness Zeitgeist? That is, are we awakening to the abundance of sugar in the American diet and the toll it can...

What I've Learned as a Student in Recovery at The George Washington University

Tim Rabolt | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Tim Rabolt

As I enter my sixth year of recovery and sixth and final year at The George Washington University (GW), I thought I'd take the time to write what I've...

Why Doctors Aren't Asking The One Question That Could Save Your Life

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.24.2016 | Healthy Living

"You’d be surprised how many people have guns in their houses," said Dr. Jill Creighton. As a pediatrician at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital on L...

I'm Celebrating HIV Vaccine Awareness Day Because There's Exciting Science Happening

Matthew Rose | Posted 05.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Rose

An ideal HIV vaccine would provide a cost-effective HIV prevention strategy that would have a easier access and adherence for many people than other prevention interventions while also providing long-term protection. And science is bringing us closer to that possibility.

The Gap Between Black and White Mortality Is Narrowing

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.19.2016 | Healthy Living

While black Americans still face worse health outcomes and suffer earlier mortality than white Americans, a new report from the U.S. Department of Hea...

A Dangerously Good Year for Tobacco

Laurent Huber | Posted 05.16.2016 | World
Laurent Huber

I look at the tobacco industry's financial reports on a regular basis. As a public health professional, I expected to see our policy successes reflected as a blow to their profits. Instead, I was shocked to see the industry is still doing very well financially.

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...