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Desplazados: The Invisible Citizens

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.13.2016 | World
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

As we boarded the plane from Boston to Medellin, Colombia, and our tickets were being scanned one by one, we realized the importance of being counted.

Trees: Helping Cities Solve Climate Change

Jad Daley | Posted 01.13.2016 | Green
Jad Daley

To fully grasp the potential of trees to combat climate change, one has to understand the "Urban Heat Island Effect." This situation occurs when pavement and other built materials in our cities absorb and re-radiate heat, to create an oven-like effect.

Snakebite anti-venom shortages: A preventable public health crisis

Duncan Maru | Posted 02.19.2016 | Impact
Duncan Maru

This post was written by two of Duncan's colleauges, Possible's C.O.O. Ryan Schwarz and Medical Director Bikash Gauchan. Dr. Schwarz is the Chief Op...

Muslim Health Professionals Continue to Live Their Faith Despite Bigotry

American Muslim Health Professionals | Posted 01.11.2016 | Impact
American Muslim Health Professionals

In the current wave of anti-Muslim hysteria, even Muslim health professionals are not immune to bigotry or racial hatred.

Take Action Against Lung Cancer

Jack Huston | Posted 01.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Jack Huston

Having been a smoker for 15 years, I realize that now is the time for me to stop acting and to take action -- to follow my own message and do my best to avoid becoming another lung cancer statistic.

Are We Finally Ready to Decriminalize Sex Work? One New Hampshire State Legislator Thinks So

Alison Bass | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Alison Bass

In countries that have decriminalized prostitution and regulate it to some degree, sex workers not only have much safer working conditions but are much less likely to develop HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

No Tolerance for Gun Violence

Martin J. Walsh | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics
Martin J. Walsh

I traveled to Washington D.C. and stood with President Obama as he took measures to make our communities safer. Gun violence is not just a local problem or an inner-city problem --it's an American problem. 1.5 million Americans have been killed by gunfire on U.S soil since 1968.

Medellin: The Right Place and Time for Collaborative Learning in Public Health

Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health | Posted 01.07.2016 | Impact
Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health

Today marks Day 2 of the Post-Conflict Colombia and Public Health course -- a project of the Open Hands Initiative and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), in collaboration with the University of Antioquia School of Medicine.

It's Unclear Whether Or Not Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.07.2016 | Healthy Living

Reuters Health - Bigger studies are needed to tell whether cancer screening really saves lives, according to a new analysis. While cancer screening ma...

Why Isn't Learning About Public Health A Larger Part of Medicine

The Conversation US | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

Clinical medicine can treat patients when they are sick, but public health provides an opportunity to prevent disease and poor health. But too often, medical students don't get to learn about public health, or how to use it when they become doctors. That means many of today's students aren't learning about health care in a broader context.

The Indelible Connection Between Clean Air and Children's Health

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 01.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Lynn R. Goldman

It is all too easy to forget that a healthy childhood is not just about avoiding germs and preventing accidents. Many air and water pollutants are invisible to the naked eye, so small that we often overlook their role in our children's health.

Finding the Good in 2015

Manal Omar | Posted 01.05.2016 | Good News
Manal Omar

I cannot lie. I was eager to put 2015 behind me. The news threatened to overwhelm me to a point of paralysis. I was only able to break through once I ...

Urban Agriculture for One New York

Nevin Cohen | Posted 01.05.2016 | New York
Nevin Cohen

On December 12, 2014, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) issued a request for qualifications that offered-up more than 180 v...

A New Year for Sustainable Development and Public Health

Linda P. Fried | Posted 01.06.2016 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

These two global agreements underscore the magnitude of the challenge of maximizing and protecting population health. That's a challenge that the field of public health recognizes well --and one that requires the commitment of the entire world.

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....