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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 | Home
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."

What Tobacco Tax Advocates Can Learn From American Drug Policy

Keith Humphreys | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
Keith Humphreys

Among my colleagues in the public health and addiction fields, I am nearly alone in disliking President Obama's proposed doubling of federal cigarette taxes. My reservations stem from the hard lessons of America's policy towards illegal drugs.

Reset the Clock on Cancer: Tell the Senate to Fix Our Chemical Laws

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 10.01.2013 | Green
Jeanne Rizzo

What would you do to prevent someone you love from getting breast cancer? To keep your sister, mother, daughter or son safe from this devastating disease that has touched millions of people?

Proposed Cuts Undermine Indian Health, Public Health and Scientific Research

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Sebelius

Today, the House Appropriations Committee is considering a Fiscal Year 2014 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill which funds the Indian Health Service, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund at HHS.

One Continent or Two? Denver Hosts Biennial of the Americas

Rex Burkholder | Posted 09.28.2013 | Denver
Rex Burkholder

Begun in 2010 by then-Denver Mayor, now-Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper, as a way to re-direct attention away from China and Europe as trading partners/cultural competitors, the Biennial attracts leaders from Canada, the U.S. and Latin America.

To End Hepatitis C, Patients Must Come Before Profits

Azzi Momenghalibaf | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Azzi Momenghalibaf

We know that political commitment and community mobilization can make the difference. For those who say that treatment is too complicated or that pharmaceutical companies will always prioritize profit over people, we should say: we've been here before.

What Are E-cigarettes and Why Are They Here?

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 09.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Seidman

By adding e-cigarettes, rather than subtracting tobacco cigarettes, many smokers will miss an opportunity to protect their physical, emotional and financial health.

We Can Fight This Feeling: The Loss of Cory Monteith and How We Can Prevent Future Overdose Fatalities

Leo Beletsky | Posted 09.24.2013 | Celebrity
Leo Beletsky

Given the well-documented risk of overdose following treatment, one would think it should be standard practice for rehab programs to take extensive precautions to keep their patients safe after discharge.

Ex-President Who Gets The Most Death Threats Laughs Them Off

The Huffington Post | Ryan Rainey | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics

Former President Jimmy Carter, a leader of humanitarian efforts in the three decades since leaving office, has received more death threats than any ot...