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Expanding Impact, Replenishing Hope

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

To say this has been a global health accomplishment of epic proportions would not be an overstatement.

You Can Chew It. You Can Swallow It. But Is It Food?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Despite thinking at first that warning labels might go too far, I wound up realizing they wouldn't go nearly far enough. Junk should never have been glorified as a food group in the first place.

Global Health Security Is Vital to Our Citizens, Businesses and Economy

Betty E. King | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business
Betty E. King

Fewer than 20 percent of countries can rapidly detect, respond to or prevent global health threats caused by emerging infections -- critical skills that are required for the protection of their nations' interests and ours.

Home Ec 2.0: How Cooking Could Save Our Lives (and Jobs)

Fedele Bauccio | Posted 07.21.2014 | Education
Fedele Bauccio

So many people are struggling with their "home economics." Even though convenience foods may seem cheap, they're almost always more expensive per serving than the home-made version.

Fed Up Documentary Hits Home in Los Angeles...

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 07.20.2014 | Los Angeles
Kimberly Cooper

"I don't want that to happen to me," my 9-year-old son whimpered with tears streaming down his face. We'd just finished watching the documentary, Fed Up - which targets the childhood obesity epidemic and the role the food industry plays in marketing unhealthy foods to children.

Taking The Lead On Women's Public Health

Saundra Pelletier | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Saundra Pelletier

At WomanCare Global, we empower women to choose whether and when they'll have children. We want to ensure that every aspect of the supply chain has been audited and addressed.

Type 2 Diabetes in Youth Not Surprising, but Also Not Acceptable

Brad Stulberg | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

The increase of Type 2 diabetes in youth should be received as nothing less than a public health crisis. Thankfully, there are numerous levers that can be pulled to reverse this trend.

Does Debt Forgiveness Work? Ask Africa

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 07.13.2014 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Corruption, natural disasters, wars, bad policies, and bad luck made it impossible for African governments to keep up with debt payments without cutting basic services to their people, who were already poor and getting few services in the first place.

E-Cigarettes: Where There's Smoke, There's Fear

John Branch | Posted 07.08.2014 | New York
John Branch

On April 28, New York City didn't care whether I puffed on an electronic cigarette in a bar or anywhere else; beginning on the 29, it did.

Good Programs Survive Only If We Pay Attention

Howard Dean | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Howard Dean

If the public does not see that people are directly benefiting from the program, support will erode and the program's future will be in doubt. Fortunately, the enrollment success and direct patient benefits of the ACA, makes it well-suited to build long-term public support. Unfortunately, not all public health care programs are on such solid footing.

One Billion People Still Defecate Outdoors

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2014 | World

By Tom Miles GENEVA, May 8 (Reuters) - One billion people worldwide still practise "open defecation" and they need to be told that th...

Let's Advance Health in Brooklyn

James R. Knickman | Posted 07.07.2014 | New York
James R. Knickman

We need to move beyond the question of, "What can be done about Brooklyn's hospital problems?" and ask the broader question: "How can Brooklyn be as healthy a place as possible?"

10 Outrageous Things You May Have Heard About Vaccines

BuzzFeed | Posted 05.01.2014 | Impact

There’s lots of hot air circulating about vaccines. We’re here to set the record straight, because vaccines are at the heart of our work – keepi...

Kate Sheppard

Court Tells EPA To Cough Up New Air Pollution Standards By December

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge in Northern California has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must produce new draft standards for ground-le...

Big Data With a Personal Touch: The Convergence of Predictive Analytics and Positive Deviance

Cole Zanetti, DO | Posted 06.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Cole Zanetti, DO

Background Over the last few years, the triple aim has taken center stage in health care. Through more effective identification of individuals at high...

Rowing Together: How Public Health Supports the 'Upstream' Doctor

Brian Castrucci | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Castrucci

Veronica's story illustrates how clinicians can effectively address the social determinants of health by using tools that assess a patient's community and environmental circumstances, as well as by including non-medical providers as part of a health care team.

Cities Need Nature

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

We humans have an intrinsic emotional need to connect with nature. Yet cities also, and fundamentally, need the structure of hardscape urbanism in sufficient density to achieve environmental and economic efficiency and nurture social bonds.

Sugary Drinks May Increase Stroke Risk

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

A new study from researchers at the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden looked at whether sugary drinks increase the risk of a stro...

Lessons Learned in Boston: Creative Arts Expression As a Path Toward Recovery and Resilience

Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH | Posted 06.15.2014 | Arts
Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH

The city is united in important ways, resolute and ready to run that race again -- this time with the whole world looking on. Terrorism failed in Boston, and I think there are lessons to be learned from the last year of Boston's recovery about resilience in general.

Big Soda Misinforms California's Senators

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

On April 9, the Health Committee of the California State Senate passed Senate Bill 1000 (Monning), the Soda Warning Label Bill by a vote of 5-2. The ...

Parents: Do Alcohol Advertisers Target Our Children?

David Jernigan, PhD | Posted 06.10.2014 | Parents
David Jernigan, PhD

The take-home here is that the self-regulated guidelines are not protecting youth from alcohol exposure. As a parent, what I'd most want to know is the following: Are these companies targeting advertising for their products to my child?

The Affordable Care Act Is Great, But We Can't Forget About Public Health

Erin Yastrow | Posted 06.09.2014 | College
Erin Yastrow

Public Health argues that health is not merely the absence of disease. Health is a result of many factors including but not limited to where we live, our environment, genetics, behavior, socioeconomic status, education.

From Rock Star To The Recycling Business

Mike Shinoda | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Mike Shinoda

It's not a catchy nor glamorous name, because collecting trash isn't a glamorous business.

20 Years Later, Rwanda Is Succeeding

Josh Ruxin | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Josh Ruxin

Rwanda had to create something virtually unique in Africa: government that was corruption-free, a plan to turn away foreign aid as soon as possible, and a reliance on business standards to encourage competition and efficiency.

E-cigarettes: Is Liquid Nicotine Safe?

Ruth Macklin | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

The debate over e-cigarettes has been heating up. Are the smokeless, battery-powered, nicotine-dispensing devices a gateway to smoking for young people or a helpful way for smokers to quit? Public health experts can be found on both sides of the debate.