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On Ending Childhood Tuberculosis

Desmond Tutu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Desmond Tutu

It is a sad statement that childhood tuberculosis still kills as many children as it does. But this is an eminently solvable problem. All the world needs is a more aggressive commitment to end the disease.

Why It's Time to DIY Health

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Slow Health takes just a bit more mindfulness and thought. But a little dose of that every day can help us move the needle on our own health, and because health is social, the health of our loved ones and community.

Washington Navy Yard Shooting Exposes a Failing System of Gun Safety

Kaile Shilling | Posted 11.20.2013 | Los Angeles
Kaile Shilling

Every time there is an incident of gun violence, we are told that it is the fault of an individual. This is a distraction that keeps us from examining a failing system.

Failure to Vaccinate Children: An Unconscionable Twist of Faith

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 11.19.2013 | Science
Claire Pomeroy

The Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, promoted National Immunization Awareness Month through tragic irony: Twenty-one children and adults connected to the church contracted measles. Church leaders had been advising congregants against vaccination.

Travelling America to Open Conversation About Youth Sexual Health

Katelyn Bryant-Comstock | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Katelyn Bryant-Comstock

Each city we stopped in, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, Omaha, Chicago and Pittsburgh, I set off on foot, stopping people to ask them questions about how their friends talk about sex, and what they thought the barriers were to sexual health information and how we could change this.

Do Not Squander Your Life: Gun Reform Now!

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 11.18.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

This is not only about the Washington Navy Yard and Sandy Hook and Colorado and Virginia Tech, horrific events that make headlines; it is also about the over 300 people, including 50 children, that are shot every day in America.

Can Public Health Unite the Good Food Movement?

Michael R. Dimock | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Michael R. Dimock

For the food movement to place unstoppable pressure on policymakers and industrial food producers, it needs a very focused set of goals that emerge from a single root crisis that binds us all. Public health is that crisis.

Improving the Public's Health Through the Affordable Care Act

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

President Obama and the entire Obama administration have made prevention and public health a top priority because of the lasting effects they have on the health of Americans.

The Medical Reserve Corps: Volunteers in Times of Crisis and Calm

Howard A. Zucker, MD | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Howard A. Zucker, MD

On the National Day of Service let us applaud the hundreds of thousands of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers who have given selflessly for more than a decade to make our nation healthier, safer and stronger.

Enough Flu-ing Around!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The flu vaccine is far from perfect. It can fail to prevent flu and there can be rare complications. But it usually does prevent flu, and complications of the flu itself are more common by literal orders of magnitude.

Parents, Presidents, Provocations and Principles

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

As a parent, I see no way to ignore the flagrant violation of international law in Syria and not rue the choice. I realize as well that international law is violated often around the world. But we can't fix what we don't know is broken, and much of such abuse takes place in shadow.

Kathleen Miles

What LA Can Teach The Rest Of America About Living Well

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 09.05.2013 | Los Angeles

Angelenos are stereotyped as being addicted to cars, tanning salons, plastic surgery, and extreme cleanses and diets. And those are all (unfortunately...

By Focusing on Health, a Community Goes From 'Little Vietnam' to Vibrant and Thriving

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Levi

Not only does intentionally building healthier communities lead to improvements in the public's health, but it improves the economy, education and infrastructure. Basically, everything impacts health, and good health can benefit everyone and everything in a community.

Global Outcry Against Injecting Beagle Puppies with Rabies

Neal Barnard, M.D. | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green
Neal Barnard, M.D.

It sounds like a scene from a horror movie: injecting rabies into beagle puppies and watching as they succumb to one of the most miserable of diseases. This isn't fiction. It's a cruel experiment that is real and imminent.

Back to a Healthier, Safer School

David Foster | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green
David Foster

For millions of kids, it's time to head back into the classroom where the average public school building in the United States is over 40 years old, and many are much older. Our children are bearing the brunt of these crumbling buildings.

ESPN vs. NFL: A Win for the NFL Is a Loss for the Players and Fans

Leslie Gerwin | Posted 10.30.2013 | Media
Leslie Gerwin

Not only might more people watch the Frontline broadcast, if only to see what "the fuss" is about, but some might also consider whether the current power and brand of the NFL is worth their continuing unconditional support.

Imagining Rational Drug Policy: If You Build It, It Will Come

Amanda Reiman | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Amanda Reiman

The goal of drug policy is a balance between personal freedom and public safety. It's a model the public supports, but visualizing what that means in terms of policies and programs can be difficult.

Social(organ)ism

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Socialism is a dirty word, perhaps deservedly so. But the real trouble resides with our persistent use, and misuse, of a word we made dirty. Vocabulary so encumbered is like bathwater we refuse to drain; it takes on an opacity that quite obscures the baby

6 Scary Signs That Prove Stress Is Taking A Toll On American Women

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Taking an inventory on several health risks for American women in 2013 paints a picture of pain: of overdosing, caregiver burnout, health disparities, financial stress and over-drinking.

USAID Invests in Open-Source Mobile Tech for Water Sanitation Monitoring

Amanda Sperber | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Amanda Sperber

USAID just announced its investment in mWater, a non-profit tech startup, whose phone app can instantly test and analyze water quality from local sources and share this information on their global, open-source water monitoring database.

When Engineering Met Public Health

Victoria Fan | Posted 08.22.2014 | TED Weekends
Victoria Fan

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgTo most, the word 'engineering' brings thoughts of 'high tech': robotics, satellites, iPhones, and computers. For the medically inclined, one might think of biomedical technology like new drugs and medical implants.

Adult Obesity Rates Remain High but Held Steady

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 10.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

After decades of bad news, we're finally seeing signs of progress. Recently, we found that obesity rates remained level in every state except for one in the past year.

Climate Change Brings Good Times for Deadly Microbial Hitchhikers

Linda Marsa | Posted 10.07.2013 | Science
Linda Marsa

The Aedes albopictus is a highly aggressive species that is also known as the Asian tiger mosquito because of its black and white stripes.

Newtown, Hartford and Across America: Searching for Heroes in The Sweetest Land

Miranda Pacchiana | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Miranda Pacchiana

I would not presume to think that I can understand the experience of urban residents whose cities are under siege from chronic gun violence. But I d...

CDC Reports Progress on Childhood Obesity Among Our Youngest Citizens

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Dr. Howard K. Koh

For the first time in decades, we are starting to see a decline in obesity rates among our youngest citizens. Many of the states with declines have implemented strategies to help parents and families "to make the healthy choice the easy choice."