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The Supreme Court Could Kill Thousands of People This Week

H. Alan Scott | Posted 05.03.2015 | Comedy
H. Alan Scott

This lawsuit and most of the rhetoric of those that oppose Obamacare is a blatant disrespect for lower-income Americans. Who are these Americans? They are families, college students in deep debt, people with serious health issues, senior citizens, first-generation Americans, single mothers, YOU.

The HIV Test at 30: More Essential Than Ever

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 04.29.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Compared with 30 years ago, people who test positive for HIV -- and their partners -- have many more options. And, the benefits of HIV testing have only increased.

First 50 Days: Nothing but the Big Polluter Agenda

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 04.27.2015 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Fifty days into the new Congress, McConnell has established himself as a champion of polluting industries. McConnell devoted much of this session to supporting the Keystone XL pipeline for dirty tar sands oil and trying to block the EPA from reducing climate change emissions.

Abortion and Breast Cancer: How Abortion Foes Got It Wrong

David A. Grimes | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
David A. Grimes

The theory that abortion increases a woman's risk of breast cancer was debunked long ago. Why then does the claim still appear from bumper stickers to Crisis Pregnancy Centers to the Internet?

King v. Burwell: Public Health's 21st Century Call to Action

Shalini Pammal | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Shalini Pammal

Working toward a more equitable, just society takes time and is challenging, but some of the most unprecedented progress has been made in grassroots movements.

This Will Make You Want To Wash Your Hands And Boil Everything

Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living

Unless you live in a plastic bubble, germs and bacteria are on every surface you touch. Apparently, even washing your hands promises very little prote...

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul -- With Our Lives

Dr. Cheryl Healton | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Dr. Cheryl Healton

The U.S. now spends far less on essential public health services than virtually all industrialized nations -- and it shows.

Hamburger for My Valentine

Jacob Peters | Posted 04.15.2015 | College
Jacob Peters

This Valentine's Day, McDonald's should make a concrete commitment to serve meat raised without the routine use of antibiotics. This commitment would go a long way for public health, and might have millennial's saying "I'm lovin' it" again.

Where Public Health Meets Propaganda, You Are Being Played!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

But here's the thing, folks: if you buy into this nonsense, and meaning no disrespect, you are not merely wrong. You are wrong about why you are wrong.

The Case for a True Health Coalition: Who Hears Whom?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

With the strength of unity, a signal of what we truly do know can rise above the din and discord.

This Valentine's Day, It's Time for Real Sex Ed for NYC

Joan Malin | Posted 04.14.2015 | New York
Joan Malin

As a leading sexual health care provider in New York City, Planned Parenthood of New York City knows all too well that the gaps that remain in New York City's sexual health education have a significant impact on young people's wellbeing.

Shifting the Old Debate over Vaccines

Theresa MacPhail | Posted 04.11.2015 | 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 04.09.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 04.08.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. 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 04.08.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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.