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#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?

To End America's Hepatitis C Epidemic, Bring It Out of the Shadows

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Just 25 years ago, scientists identified the previously unknown virus that has since killed hundreds of thousands of Americans. It now threatens the health of millions more.

"I'd Kill Him" - Racist Violence as State Policy in Burma

Andrea Gittleman | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Andrea Gittleman

In her latest book, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton lauded improvements in Burma as a hallmark of her successes at the helm of U.S. foreign policy, but any reforms are woefully insufficient if codified discrimination, deliberate denial of health care, and perpetual violence continue.

No Need for Generations to be Pitted Against Each Other

Linda P. Fried | Posted 08.19.2014 | Fifty
Linda P. Fried

There's a growing tendency for public policy leaders and commentators to warn one generation about another when the topic of entitlements arises. But the truth is that it's bad advice -- refuted by research.

The Power of Prevention

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard K. Koh

As a doctor and a public official committed to improving the health of Americans, I am concerned that men often have poorer health outcomes than women...

The Power of Prevention

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 06.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Benjamin Franklin once said that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," yet 279 years later his words still have not been successfully put into medical practice.