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Ferguson's Overlooked Ties to the War on Drugs

Howard Meitiner | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Howard Meitiner

While we do not know all the facts on the ground in Ferguson, we know that militarization on a national level can often do more harm than good. It has eroded trust between law enforcement and ordinary citizens, and it certainly hasn't eradicated the drug scourge from our communities.

A Back-to-School Message: Emphasize Childhood Health, Not Obesity

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniel J. Schultz

New school lunch regulations should not be thought about as a weight management diet, but a roadmap for health for each student involved. Breakfast, lunch and snacks at school allow us as a nation to demonstrate to millions of children each day what nutritious food looks like.

The Worst Thing Since White Bread

Ali Cherry | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Ali Cherry

While most Americans think about eating healthy and want to make improvements, more than half say that figuring out their income taxes is easier than knowing what they should and shouldn't eat.

Stop Worrying About Ebola (And Start Worrying About What it Means)

Adam C. Levine | Posted 10.13.2014 | World
Adam C. Levine

We should care a great deal about the Ebola outbreak, but not for the reasons propagated by cable news. We should care about Ebola for what it says about the current state of the health care system in resource-limited settings around the globe.

Student Loan and Mortgage Loan Debt: A Public Health Crisis?

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Mechele Dickerson

Recent research about student loans and mortgages raises the question of whether having too much debt can make you sick. Survey results are particularly troubling because they suggest that it is the debt itself -- not the burden of repayment.

#DirtyDenier$ Day 7: Congressman Leonard Lance

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

When it comes to environmental protections and addressing climate change, Congressman Leonard Lance is, in the words of Lewis Carroll, getting "curiouser and curiouser."

Decades-old Tools No Match for Today's Drug-resistant TB

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Humanity has lived with, and died from, tuberculosis since recorded history began. The last century brought the hope of ending that tragedy, but success has remained elusive. It's time to make it a reality.

Ebola Has Happened in the U.S. and It Could Happen Again If We Don't Address the Root Causes

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 10.05.2014 | Green
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Although it's too late to prevent the current epidemic in West Africa, perhaps we can prevent another one if we take a moment to look at how Ebola and many other infectious diseases arrive on our doorstep in the first place: through the trade in animals.

Going Beyond 'Band-Aid' Care

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 10.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

An MRI here, a prescription there -- these are Band-Aids, not lasting solutions. Our communities need innovative approaches to pressing issues like homelessness, drug addiction, obesity, and lack of mental health services. To help the patient, we must also address the health of the community.

Are Humans Inducing Epidemic Outbreaks?

Anna Clark | Posted 10.04.2014 | Green
Anna Clark

So far, the consequences of a warming planet have mainly afflicted the poor. Now scientists are discovering that not only does deforestation harm the environment, it may also be directly responsible for the Ebola outbreak.

The Tobacco Fight Is Far From Over

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard K. Koh

As I conclude more than five years of service as the Assistant Secretary for Health, it is my fervent hope that we can someday relegate the tobacco epidemic to the history books. Let us stop this suffering once and for all and give our kids a fighting chance for a healthy future.

3 Things I Learned as a Shop Girl in Southampton NY That I Brought to My Work in Mozambique

Michael Seo | Posted 09.29.2014 | Small Business
Michael Seo

Two-thirds into the summer season and time zones removed from Mozambique, I began to embrace the reality that stakeholders are clients are one and the same.

The Real Danger of 'Too Much Exercise'

Brad Stulberg | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

Unduly provocative headlines based on inconclusive science work against what should be one of our country's most important public health goals -- getting people to move and exercise more.

Public Health Advocacy: Creatively Applying Medical Knowledge to Social Policy

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 09.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

I had the honor of being on a panel at the Champion Providers Training, held at the lovely Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco this July. Forty-five physic...

Massachusetts Chooses a Governor: Implications for Us All

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a pediatrician in some of Boston's lowest-income neighborhoods, I saw firsthand how a child's health is determined by far more than medicine -- it is the air they breathe, the streets they play in, the safety of their communities, their opportunities for a good education, the economic stability of their family. Simply put, doctors can't fulfill their mission in communities affected by inequality and unfairness. Health requires justice for all. That's what makes me want to run for governor.

Many Still Don't Realize Disproportionate Impact of Smoking on LGBT People

Harvey Makadon, M.D. | Posted 09.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Harvey Makadon, M.D.

Tobacco companies have long targeted our community with ads featuring LGBT people and themes. They have supported our causes. While the support has been welcomed, it has come with a price.

How Data and Analytics Can Help the Developing World

Travis Korte | Posted 09.21.2014 | Impact
Travis Korte

While commentators routinely discuss the ways the United States and other developed countries can use data and analytics to improve the lives of their citizens, the many opportunities for data to transform the developing world are less well-known.

Tipping the Scales on Obesity: How to Sell Health

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Obesity is among the most pressing public health concerns today -- and the situation has just taken a turn for the worse.

The High Cost of Vaccines

Ruth Macklin | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Ruth Macklin

What -- if anything -- can be done about a situation that forces patients to choose between two undesirable options: risk succumbing to a preventable illness or pay the exorbitant amounts the companies are charging?

Expanding the Business of Public Health

Linda P. Fried | Posted 09.05.2014 | Business
Linda P. Fried

America's public health challenges -- from the prevalence of diabetes to poor nutrition to air pollution to climate change to the health that cities foster -- require the active participation of business if they are to be overcome.

4 Reasons the Detroit Water Shut-Offs Matter

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Detroit
Lisa Schechtman

Last month, the City of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department began to shut off water service for around 3,000 customers a week, people who have fallen behind on payments by more than $150 or 60 days.

States Argue Stricter Beach Contamination Warning Standards Are Unnecessary

AP | JOHN FLESHER | Posted 08.31.2014 | Green

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal plan to lower thresholds for warning the public about contaminated beach water is drawing protests from state ...

Kate Sheppard

EPA Science Advisers Call For Stronger Smog Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Environmental Protection Agency science advisers have recommended the agency strengthen ozone pollution standards in order to protect ...

The Ruling on Soda Servings and Its Implications for Public Health

Linda P. Fried | Posted 08.26.2014 | New York
Linda P. Fried

New York State's highest court ruled on June 26 against New York City's proposal to limit the size of servings of sugary sodas. It's a ruling that raises real concerns about limiting the ability of municipal health departments to tackle 21st-century public health challenges.

The Third Demographic Dividend and the Global Challenge of Longer Lives

Linda P. Fried | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

Are there stages when certain social institutions or other policies need to be implemented in order to optimize the benefits of an aging population for all ages?