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U.S. Surgeon General

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 02.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Sherwin Sheik

Do you know the name of the U.S. Surgeon General or the purpose and priorities of that position? Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy caught my (team's) atten...

In Big Tobacco's Dark Shadow, Big Soda Looks to the Developing World

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 02.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

As Americans continue to connect the dots between soda consumption and type 2 diabetes, obesity, and other diseases, fewer and fewer Americans are drinking soda. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that we choose water over soda, local and state governments are pushing for new taxes and warning labels on fizzy drinks, and Big Soda is generally hunkering in its bunker.

A Tragedy in the Making

Andy Subica | Posted 02.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Andy Subica

The Flint lead crisis serves as a tragic reminder that people living in poverty remain the most vulnerable, disempowered, and unhealthy members of our society. It also reminds us that even temporary public policies that neglect to consider their health and safety can have profound and lifelong negative consequences.

No More Flints

Dan Glickman | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Dan Glickman

The dangerous water consumed by residents of Flint, MI is the canary in the coal mine of our nation's crumbling infrastructure. Poisoned water endangers the health or millions of Americans, especially children, and jeopardizes state and national economic vibrancy.

How Heteronormative Paradigms Ostracize Queer Populations in Intimate Partner Violence Research

Samuel Chiron | Posted 02.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Samuel Chiron

Though it would be dangerous to overlook the disproportionate amount of violence women experience compared to men, concerns for studying IPV in LGBTQ, sexual and gender minority populations cannot eternally utilize strategies that fall under these paradigms.

#BlackTransLivesMatter: Creating Accountability in the HIV Community

Shaan Michael Wade | Posted 02.09.2016 | Black Voices
Shaan Michael Wade

The 2011 Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at Black Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey exposed the high levels of discriminat...

Sixteen Reasons to Campaign for Women's Rights in 2016

Aspen New Voices Fellowship | Posted 02.04.2016 | Impact
Aspen New Voices Fellowship

Combined with important grassroots efforts, no doubt once there are more women in leadership roles, the value of a woman's life will no longer be treated as less than that of a cow. We have seen this first-hand in our work.

Women's Empowerment Begins With Assuring Our Girls' Right to Eat

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

In many parts of India, girls in poor families are the last to eat.

CDC Expected To Declare End To Chipotle's E. Coli Outbreak

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 02.01.2016 | Healthy Living

The E. coli outbreak that affected dozens of Chipotle Mexican Grill customers in nine states last year is expected to be declared over as soon as Mond...

Behold, San Francisco's Open-Air Urinal

Associated Press | Hilary Hanson | Posted 02.01.2016 | Weird News

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's iconic Dolores Park is now home to the city's first open-air urinal, the latest move to combat the destructive ...

Drug Resistance To Popular HIV Treatment Could Spell Trouble

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.29.2016 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Resistance to a key HIV drug is common worldwide and could mean trouble for treating and preventing the virus that causes AIDS, acc...

How Zika Reveals Our Vulnerability To Many Diseases

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.29.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Like everyone else who has heard the news about it, I find the rapid spread of the Zika virus extremely alarming. The newly recognized capacity of thi...

Why a Career in Governmental Public Health Might Be Right for You

Brian Castrucci | Posted 01.27.2016 | Education
Brian Castrucci

If you're looking for a career that will challenge you while also providing a life of service and meaning, then I welcome you to a profession that I have never regretted joining: governmental public health.

This Serious Birth Defect Is On Rise In The U.S.

U.S. News & World Report | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living

A serious birth defect that causes the intestines to hang out of a newborn’s body near the belly button area is on the rise among babies born to you...

Health Minister Says Brazil Is 'Losing Battle' Against Mosquitos

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's health minister says the country will mobilize some 220,000 troops to battle the mosquito blamed for spreading a virus...

Framing Islamophobia as a Bruising Public Health Concern

Hina Tai | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion
Hina Tai

Despite the available data, the public health angle to combating Islamophobia has been underutilized in mainstream efforts. And in the public health sphere, research examining nuanced manifestations of Islamophobia has been understudied and regrettably ignored.

Planning for a Post-Conflict Colombia: Emerging Public Health Leaders Develop Health Interventions for IDPs

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

Fifty-five years ago this week, braving the cold winds of a winter's January, U.S. President John F. Kennedy delivered his inaugural address imparting upon the American people words still true today.

Officials Waited Months To Monitor California's Massive Gas Leak

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A massive natural gas leak that has driven thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes had been out of control for more th...

We Have Too Many Specialists and Too Few General Practitioners

Allen Frances | Posted 01.21.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

The promise of high tech medicine has never been greater, its actual performance has never been worse. We need to balance the real wonders and exaggerated hype of advancing medical science with a common sense appreciation of its risks and costs.

In Alabama's Poorest County, Tuberculosis Is Far From Eradicated

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living

MARION, Ala. (AP) -- Tuberculosis, a global scourge, has mostly been eradicated in the United States, but minorities and poor people who lack regular ...

An Economist Breaks Down Single Payer Healthcare

Michael Sainato | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Michael Sainato

A single payer healthcare system would correct the shortcomings of Obamacare, and save Americans billions of dollars. Instead of Americans soliciting healthcare from private insurers, everyone would have access to healthcare as right of American citizenship, similar to citizens of every other advanced capitalist nations.

The High Cost of Refugee Discrimination

Lindsay Stark | Posted 01.20.2016 | Impact
Lindsay Stark

Discrimination against displaced people is not limited to Europe and the U.S. of course, and it extends well beyond hateful political rhetoric. In truth, millions of refugees around the world face discrimination and the fear behind it on a daily basis.

Támesis, Colombia: A Beacon for Public Health

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

'House of Health (HH)' San Juan de Dios is nestled in the middle of the charming town of Támesis. From a public health perspective, the HH San Juan de Dios is on the cutting edge of progressive innovation.

High Fish Consumption In Pregnancy Tied To Brain Benefits For Kids

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.19.2016 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - When mothers eat three sizeable servings of fish each week during pregnancy it may benefit children’s brains for years to come, a...

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 mosqu...