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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...

A Public Health Crisis in Flint: What Is in Your Glass/Bathing Water?

Patti R. Rose | Posted 01.19.2016 | Black Voices
Patti R. Rose

Raise your voices, do what you can from every venue, with whatever skill set you have and let's make sure that this never happens again, because next time, it may be your city/community. What's in your glass/bathing water?

Lead Isn't The Only Problem With Flint's Water

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living

Flint, Michigan, isn't just dealing with tap water contaminated by lead. A Flint Journal-MLive Freedom of Information Act request revealed Saturday th...

Letter from Granizal, Colombia, To The World...And Back

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.18.2016 | World
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

During the early 1990's, Medellin had the world's highest homicide rate of 400 for every 100,000 people. The history of violence and the influx of people into this urban area demanded a change in the way people understood and lived in their city.

More Than 100 People Quarantined After Sierra Leone Ebola Death

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living

More than 100 people have been quarantined in Sierra Leone after coming in contact with a woman who died of Ebola last week, highlighting the potentia...

Living Near A Highway Linked To This Common Health Problem

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living

Women who live close to major highways where the air is polluted by traffic exhaust fumes may be slightly more likely to have fertility problems than ...

Ebola Is Over, But Could It Happen Again?

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.17.2016 | Healthy Living

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The World Health Organization announced Thursday that the world's biggest-ever Ebola epidemic is over after two years. Here is ...

Helping Students Pursue Research With A Purpose

Footnote | Posted 01.20.2016 | Education

While there may not be a clear-cut path for how to do this kind of work, it all starts with expanding student learning to the world beyond the classroom.

The End of Dietary Guidelines for Americans?

Dr. Paul Marantz | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paul Marantz

The National Academy of Medicine will put together a panel of experts, who perhaps will understand that we need more of the right sort of science--the science of public health rather than biochemical/mechanistic/nutrition--to answer the real question: do we know that issuing these guidelines does more good than harm? If the answer to this question is "No," as I think it is, here's hoping the 2015-2020 version will be the last such set of guidelines issued.

'Man Flu' Stories Show How We Make Women's Health All About Dudes

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 01.15.2016 | Science

Whiny men might be excited by recent news stories that claim “man flu” -- the trope that men turn into bedridden drama kings at the slightest hint...

Martin Luther King, Jr.: His Place in the Modern Universe

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Many will opine on the right way to recall and celebrate Dr. King's place in the universe. My modest contribution is to suggest we recall and celebrate the universe in which Dr. King, and all the rest of us, have found a place -- and the means by which we know it.

Dirty Medical Instruments Linked To More Than 250 'Superbug' Infections

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.14.2016 | Healthy Living

SEATTLE (AP) -- At least 250 people, mostly in the U.S., were sickened with life-threatening "superbug" infections linked to contaminated medical scop...