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Thank You, Mr. President, for Executive Actions to Prevent Gun Violence

Lonnie and Sandy Phillips | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Lonnie and Sandy Phillips

President Obama has taken the moral high ground when others would not. He has listened to the American people who are crying out for the carnage to stop when Congress would not. He has decided to be on the right side of history when others would not. He has decided to save lives when other leaders would not.

Health Diplomacy: A Step Towards Peace

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

Dare we say that despite our hopeful holiday wishes for peace, the present looks grim? How can we begin to heal? Where does peace begin?

Kentucky Q&A on Syringe Exchange Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.04.2016 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

In early 2015 Kentucky shocked the nation by becoming the first Southern state to officially legalize syringe exchange programs. Since then the news has covered the successful roll-out of a couple different syringe exchange programs through local health departments, but has also reported some backlash coming from the legislature.

ICYMI: Silicon Valley Homelessness + Female Friendship Psychology

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.02.2016 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. During the lull between the holidays this week, we caught up on some of the long reads we put asid...

Teen Smokers May Be Hard-Wired For Cigarette Addiction

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.31.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Teen smokers might crave nicotine in part because their brains respond differently than adults to seeing people light up, a small s...

Overweight Americans Want To Lose Weight, Aren't Serious About Doing So

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.31.2015 | Healthy Living

Most overweight Americans want to lose a few pounds, but only half say they are seriously trying to do so, a new poll suggests. In the Gallup poll, ab...

The Plague Is Still Alive And Well In The American West

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.30.2015 | Healthy Living

Small outbreaks of the plague still occur in the western United States, and now new research shows these clusters don't happen at random. Instead, the...

In Case of Mental Health Emergency: Call a Mobile Crisis Team

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 12.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

America must turn the page on its over-dependence on the criminal justice system. In order to break arrest cycles and end inappropriate criminalization of people with mental illness we must support community based behavioral health care.

ICYMI: Tinsel's Toxic History And The Psychology Of Rekindled Romance

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.26.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, as we spent time with family and friends over the holidays, we read two pieces about ho...

Why Pediatricians Are So Alarmed By The Lead In Flint's Water

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.23.2016 | Healthy Living

In early 2014, residents in Flint, Michigan, started noticing something odd about their water. It looked different and had a foul odor. People reporte...

According the Future Its Due

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.17.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

'Tis, as the saying goes, the season. As I write this, if not necessarily as you read it, 'tis the season of rhetorical flourish, soaring aspirations....

Better Regulation of Oil & Gas Drilling in National Parks

Elizabeth Glass Geltman | Posted 12.17.2015 | Green
Elizabeth Glass Geltman

The National Park Service (NPS) recently proposed revisions to regulations governing oil and gas drilling in national parks, the so-called 9B regulati...

Ebola Survivors' Health Battles Aren't Over Yet

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.30.2015 | Healthy Living

The small number of people in the U.S. who contracted Ebola have all experienced complications from the disease after they recovered, including hair l...

Many Parents Don't Notice When Their Kids Are Overweight

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.16.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Many parents don’t realize when their children are overweight and so they fail to help the youngsters shed excess pounds, an Aust...

Secondhand Smoke Tied To Infertility And Early Menopause

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.18.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke is tied to infertility in women and early menopause, according to a new study. Compared to...

Protect Kids' Health - Reject Dangerous Policy Riders

Harold Wimmer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Harold Wimmer

Time is running out for Congress to come up with spending bills to fund the federal government. Given the misery another government shutdown would imp...

ICYMI: 'Geek Psychology' And Anorexia's Place In Literary Fiction

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.12.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we read two unusual pieces that expanded the way we think about disordered eating. One ...

A Staggering Number Of Medical Residents Suffer From Depression

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.10.2015 | Healthy Living

Nearly 30 percent of physicians in training suffer from depression or experience depressive symptoms, according to a meta-analysis published in the Jo...

Highly Contagious Virus Behind Boston Chipotle Outbreak

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 12.11.2015 | Business

An outbreak of food poisoning tied to a Chipotle near Boston College is the result of norovirus, the most common cause of gastrointestinal illness, Bo...

As Many As 200 Sickened In Seattle Tower Norovirus Outbreak

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.08.2015 | Healthy Living

SEATTLE (AP) -- As many as 200 people have gotten sick in a norovirus outbreak at a downtown Seattle office building, health officials reported Monday...

How Can We Help Women and Climate? Start With a Fire.

Archana Agarwal | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Archana Agarwal

Women are disproportionately affected by the impact of climate change. Cleaner cooking resources are kept at arms length for women as male head of households dominate purchase decisions. As if the back-breaking work to collect wood to keep the fire burning was not hard enough, women get sick from the soot emitted from these very fires they light every day.

EPA Decision Proves Vigilance by People Is Necessary to Protect Health

Mehmet Oz, M.D. | Posted 03.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Mehmet Oz, M.D.

The safety of a pesticide should not be determined without all of the information on the toxicity of all of the ingredients, the magnitude of the exposure to those ingredients, and availability of other non-toxic alternatives.

'We Should Live' -- Surviving After Catastrophic Death

Allen Frances | Posted 12.08.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

I will never forget the visit to the brave little town of Onagawacho and it's wonderful public health nurse, Ms Sato.

Public Health and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

Linda P. Fried | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

The United Nations General Assembly recently adopted its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: 17 goals and 169 targets to eradicate poverty, eliminate inequality, and fight climate change over the next 15 years. It's an extraordinarily ambitious agenda for the world community, which closely aligns with the mission and responsibilities of public health.

Fix Public Health the Cleveland Clinic Way

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Steve Landers MD,MPH

Our efforts to improve, and similar efforts in other communities, would be more likely to succeed with policy changes to facilitate multiple government supported health services operating on one electronic record system.