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Government Shutdown Harms the Public Health

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lynn R. Goldman

Most serious are the long-term public health and safety consequences of this government shutdown. The CDC, for example, announced a suspension of its annual seasonal flu activities just as influenza season kicked off.

You Can Fix the Health Care Reform Hullabaloo

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Health isn't built in hospitals; disease is treated there. Health is built every day, over the course of a lifetime, in the places we work, and learn, and play, and pray, and love, and live. Or it isn't. And if it isn't, the "health care" system can't fix it.

The Road to Resilience

Amy Spies | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amy Spies

"Why {are} some people...able to survive the worst and others aren't?" CNN's Anderson Cooper wondered after Cleveland kidnap victim Michelle Knight bravely confronted her adductor Ariel Castro in court.

Coal by Numbers

Michael Brune | Posted 12.08.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

Great news: In the past three years, 150 coal-fired power plants either have been retired or have announced a retirement date. Plant number 150 was Brayton Point in Massachusetts.

Of Mice and Mold: 40% of American Homes Have Health, Safety Hazards

Rebecca Morley | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Rebecca Morley

Nationally, the most common issues making houses unhealthy include water leaks from the outside, affecting 11 percent of D.C. metro area homes, followed by signs of mice (10 percent), and interior water leaks (9 percent).

Gov. Brown and California Must Lead the Way on Lead Ammunition

Shaye Wolf | Posted 12.03.2013 | Green
Shaye Wolf

Though we've long-known there are no safe levels of lead exposure, it's always taken a law to get the lead out of pretty much anything in this country.

Good Program Management Helps Smokers Quit

Stephan Rabimov | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Stephan Rabimov

Reducing a personal tobacco addiction requires daily management of the habit and a strong support system; similarly, the human resources development and health systems strengthening are necessary to help to combat the global tobacco epidemic.

HIV: Let's End This Now

Ace Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Ace Robinson

With all the advancements in progressing science and reducing social ills, the end game for HIV has been declared by leaders within the movement and beyond. But as with any progressive movement, actualizing the final steps of eradication takes as much work as beginning it.

On the "A" w/ Souleo: Songs for a Healthier America Album Uses Hip-Hop to Fight Childhood Obesity

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

The piercing cheers of over 500 NYC school kids trumpeted the kickoff of the free album, Songs for a Healthier America, a which features health-conscious songs by Ashanti, Jordin Sparks, Ariana Grande and more.

Health Insurance Marketplace Lets Americans Choose Low-cost, Life-saving Health Benefits

Dr. Georges C. Benjamin | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Dr. Georges C. Benjamin

Today is a momentous day in U.S. history, and a defining moment in our nation's health transformation. The Health Insurance Marketplace has officially opened for business.

On Ending Childhood Tuberculosis

Desmond Tutu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Desmond Tutu

It is a sad statement that childhood tuberculosis still kills as many children as it does. But this is an eminently solvable problem. All the world needs is a more aggressive commitment to end the disease.

Why It's Time to DIY Health

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Slow Health takes just a bit more mindfulness and thought. But a little dose of that every day can help us move the needle on our own health, and because health is social, the health of our loved ones and community.

Washington Navy Yard Shooting Exposes a Failing System of Gun Safety

Kaile Shilling | Posted 11.20.2013 | Los Angeles
Kaile Shilling

Every time there is an incident of gun violence, we are told that it is the fault of an individual. This is a distraction that keeps us from examining a failing system.

Failure to Vaccinate Children: An Unconscionable Twist of Faith

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 11.19.2013 | Science
Claire Pomeroy

The Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, promoted National Immunization Awareness Month through tragic irony: Twenty-one children and adults connected to the church contracted measles. Church leaders had been advising congregants against vaccination.

Travelling America to Open Conversation About Youth Sexual Health

Katelyn Bryant-Comstock | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Katelyn Bryant-Comstock

Each city we stopped in, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, Omaha, Chicago and Pittsburgh, I set off on foot, stopping people to ask them questions about how their friends talk about sex, and what they thought the barriers were to sexual health information and how we could change this.

Do Not Squander Your Life: Gun Reform Now!

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 11.18.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

This is not only about the Washington Navy Yard and Sandy Hook and Colorado and Virginia Tech, horrific events that make headlines; it is also about the over 300 people, including 50 children, that are shot every day in America.

Can Public Health Unite the Good Food Movement?

Michael R. Dimock | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Michael R. Dimock

For the food movement to place unstoppable pressure on policymakers and industrial food producers, it needs a very focused set of goals that emerge from a single root crisis that binds us all. Public health is that crisis.

Improving the Public's Health Through the Affordable Care Act

Sec. Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Sec. Kathleen Sebelius

President Obama and the entire Obama administration have made prevention and public health a top priority because of the lasting effects they have on the health of Americans.

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.