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Why Downplaying the Obesity Epidemic, Even in a Single Story, is Hazardous to Public Health

Becky Hand | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Becky Hand

The headlines this time of year usually tell us how to shed pounds fast and get healthy with a pill, a gadget, or a procedure. This year, however, the message has been slightly different.

Aid Groups Fight Anti-Prostitution 'Oath' on Free Speech Grounds

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.22.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

For the global fight against HIV/AIDS, the struggle continues to keep Washington's sexual politics from blocking any health workers' mission to uphold the only pledge that matters: their commitment to healing their communities.

Yes, People Do Die From The Flu Every Year

Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.20.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

The current flu season already has claimed the lives of 29 children, the CDC said Friday. The flu was associated with 829 children's deaths between 2004 and last year, CNN reported in October.

Guns and Their Violence: a Public Health Issue That Demands Action

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 03.19.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

We've got a ways to go still with smoking and vehicular safety. But let's put the public health cross-hairs now, please, on guns and their accompanying violence. Now is the time for Congress to do its part and pass the legislation that President Obama has asked for.

Obesity Epidemic: What the NYC Soda Ban Is and Isn't

Rajiv Narayan | Posted 03.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Rajiv Narayan

Policies that gain controversy in their engagement with obesity are helpful for making a very public (yet uncomfortably avoided) issue further visible. It's hard to talk about obesity, private or public. Policies like the soda rule can be vehicles for those discussions to take place.

Obama Thaws Freeze On Public Health And Gun Violence Research

Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.18.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

President Barack Obama has ordered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to resume research into the public health implications of firearms v...

Tyranny Hiding in Plain Sight

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Tyranny hides in plain sight, and if we care to fix it at its origins, we need to be talking about money rather than guns. For, after all, we hold this truth to be self-evident: Wealth is power.

Where Are Our Graduate Schools of 'Educational Public Health'?

Elaine Weiss | Posted 03.17.2013 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Perhaps our discussion about education is so limited and inadequate in part because we simply lack the right terms with which to have it. If so, drawing on the field of public health, and lessons derived from it, might help.

And the REAL Award Goes to...

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 03.17.2013 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

It is estimated that every three seconds, a child death is prevented thanks to care provided by a frontline health worker. But many don't have all the support and supplies they need to do their jobs well, and hundreds of thousands more are needed to end preventable deaths.

American Health Is Life Years Away

J. L. Morin | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
J. L. Morin

Would we fall off the edge of the earth if we produced only enough to live healthy, peaceful lives? After the startling results brought to light in a recent health report, many are questioning whether it is better to strive for high corporate growth at the expense of life expectancy.

United States of Obesity: How Are States Battling Bulging Health Costs?

Scott Kahan, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Scott Kahan, M.D.

Efforts aimed at obesity prevention are well underway, but we are still a nation very uncomfortable with paying for services that could help treat the two-thirds of Americans who carry excess weight.

Dodging Bullets

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Let's dispense with tortured logic and contorted arguments. Arguments get mangled when the truth sticks in your craw. One relevant truth is: A lot of people just like big guns. Big guns make people feel powerful. Lots of people like to be able to say: My gun's bigger than your gun!

The Flu Thrives Without Paid Sick Days

Debra L. Ness | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Debra L. Ness

It is during public health crises like these that we are reminded of the grave consequences of our country's failure to let workers earn paid sick days.

Flu Prevention? Try Paid Sick Days

Ellen Bravo | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

The majority of states reporting flu cases now say the outbreak is at "severe" levels. To avoid the spread of germs, we have to ensure that no one will lose income or a job for staying home sick.

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CIA Polio Vaccine Hoax Condemned By Public Health Deans

HuffingtonPost.com | William McGuinness | Posted 01.10.2013 | College

Public health school deans from prominent colleges and universities across the country have signed a letter condemning a hoax the Central Intelligence...

The Global Burden of Disease and 'Big Science'

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

The surprising revelation in a recent report is that the rising burden of disease is similar among all countries regardless of socioeconomic status, and these increases are in cardiovascular, inflammatory, and metabolic diseases, which have historically been considered "Western diseases."

Dems and Republicans Block Prevention of Firearm Violence

Dr. Peter Klatsky | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Dr. Peter Klatsky

In the wake of too many gun tragedies, we need to do more than just talk if we want to understand how to prevent gun violence. We systematically block any investigation or intervention into ways to slow deaths from firearms.

Newtown Was an Atrocity; Violence Is a Daily Scourge. We Can and Must Change This Picture

Larry_Cohen | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Larry_Cohen

We need a sustained commitment in the U.S. to pursue the kinds of policies that can transform our communities and prevent the violence that is an everyday feature of life in too many cities and communities.

The Missing Link?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

My opinion is that the next big thing in health promotion will be a rediscovery, and reaffirmation, of the family. Because children and parents shape one another's culture. Because adults and kids will get to health together, or probably not at all. Because in unity, there is strength.

Zen and the Art of Harm Reduction

Ishani Ganguli | Posted 02.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Ishani Ganguli

My morning with Ritchie, part of a required residency rotation on addiction, offered a rare glimpse into patients' lives outside hospital walls and the important, if unsettling, work that complements our efforts as physicians.

Let's Ask Marion: Is Beyoncé's Private Gain the Public's Pain?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 02.17.2013 | Business
Kerry Trueman

Do celebrities with Beyoncé's massive influence on young kids have a moral obligation to consider the horrendous impact of excessive soda consumption in our culture when they mull over megabuck branding opportunities?

FDA: Pull Back Big Pharma's Veil on Antibiotics Sold for Animal Feed

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
David Wallinga, M.D.

So long as no one questions how and where antibiotics get used in food production, Big Pharma keeps profiting from selling more of these precious drugs than they ought to.

'Daddy, Is This Good for Me?'

Michael Segal | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Segal

The lack of a publicly-accessible database of labels is inhibiting the innovation in the area of healthy nutrition and marginalizes the benefits of using labels by the consumers.

Supersized Portions on the History Channel

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 02.09.2013 | Home
Fabio Parasecoli

As both a consumer and a food scholar, I am very interested in how how people eat. You can imagine I was very intrigued when I saw that the History Channel 2 had dedicated an episode ofModern Marvels to supersized food.

NIH and Superbugs: Placing the Blame Where It Belongs

Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick

The emergence of multi-drug-resistant bacteria is a challenge that will be with us for years to come. The solution demands a strategic, thoughtful and collaborative team approach.