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An Urgent Global Problem: CDC Estimates 1 Billion Children Experience Violence Every Year

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 03.07.2016 | Impact
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

The short-term impact of violence is certainly hard to digest; yet the long-term impact should not be forgotten or minimized. Violence affects children's brain development, their immune systems, and even their DNA.

Public Health and Citizens, Truly United

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.03.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Public health is all about doing the best we can for actual people, not a statistical and anonymous horde that exists nowhere outside of actuarial tables. That doesn't always align with the greatest profits for some large corporation. In fact, it almost never does, because of the time horizons involved.

Extreme El Niño Events May Help Spread Diseases

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 03.03.2016 | Science

Dangerous diseases could possibly be riding the ocean currents from country to country thanks to El Niño, and some scientists think it may be happeni...

Ignored Too Long: Kids' Health & The Crumbling Schoolhouse

Claire L. Barnett | Posted 03.02.2016 | Green
Claire L. Barnett

Co-Author Nsedu Obot-Witherspoon, MPH, Executive Director, Children's Environmental Health Network It seems like school children trying to learn in D...

School Food Fight: My Interview with Senator Debbie Stabenow

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics
Bettina Elias Siegel

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry, has consistently been a strong advocate for fed...

10 Years Watching the New York Health System: The Good and the Bad

James R. Knickman | Posted 02.29.2016 | New York
James R. Knickman

After 10 rewarding years, I step down this week as President of the New York State Health Foundation and join the faculty at New York University. In other places, I have reflected on my experiences running the Foundation, but here I thought I would reflect on the ups and downs of health care.

One Year in Baltimore: Fighting for Health

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 02.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

While the health challenges in Baltimore are many, we are a city defining the role of public health and transforming into a model for recovery and renewal.

Taking Public Health to the Moon

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.26.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

By rallying to the mandate of the evidence-based, consensus-based fundamentals of health promoting, sustainable living and eating -- I believe we can accomplish something for public health and the human condition that is, quite simply -- out of this world

Distracted Drivers Are Even More Dangerous Than You Thought

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.24.2016 | Science

You probably know that texting while driving isn't safe. But you may not be aware that distracted driving in its many forms is one of the greatest thr...

The Presidential Candidates Should Make Public Health a Priority

Linda P. Fried | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
Linda P. Fried

The presidential candidates should be talking about their commitments to public health. On March 6th, the Democrats will hold a debate in Flint, a perfect location for this discussion. But both parties should be making public health a top priority.

The "Orphan" Generation in Cambodia

Lindsay Stark | Posted 02.19.2016 | Impact
Lindsay Stark

A quiet, but alarming, trend is happening in Cambodian "orphanages." Instead of predominantly serving the needs of children whose parents have died, these institutions are increasingly being filled with children from poor families whose living parents are seeking better opportunities for their children's future.

Single Women in Solitude: A Slippery Slope

Bobbie Brinegar | Posted 02.19.2016 | Fifty
Bobbie Brinegar

As we age, social contacts tend to decrease due to changes like retirement or the death of friends and family. Declining heath, limited mobility, fixed incomes and the challenge of making new friends can deter us from staying active in the game of life.

Flint's Water Crisis: A Public Health Disaster That Never Had to Happen

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 02.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Lynn R. Goldman

We can't erase the failures of the past but policymakers can champion a plan to prevent another water crisis. Replacing the aging lead water pipes in Flint and other major cities in the United States would help keep our water pure -- and it would protect all of us from the dangers lead for years to come.

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...