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Immigration Reform: Basic Justice, Public Health Consequences

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Posted 08.13.2013 | Latino Voices
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

Basic legal protections for immigrants would allow those who would benefit from HIV diagnosis, treatment, and other health care to safely come out of the shadows. Getting HIV and STIs diagnosed and treated has positive economic and public health consequences.

Unity, Balance, and Power

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The notion that parasites are ravaging populations -- and clearly, they are -- is hard to reconcile with the already-impressive and fast-accumulating evidence that the aftermath of eradicating parasites is ravaging other populations.

Damning New Study Demonstrates Harm to Animals Raised on GMO Feed

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 08.11.2013 | Green
Leslie Hatfield

Just when you thought the market for controversy over GMOs was completely saturated, a new study published in the Journal of Organic Systems finds that pigs raised on a mixed diet of GM corn and GM soy had higher rates of intestinal problems.

Health Sucks

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We could manage our weight and our health with at least as great and reliable a ROI as we can get by managing our money. We could eliminate 80 percent of our lifetime risk of chronic disease. The grim landscape of modern epidemiology is not for want of knowing -- it's for want of doing.

The Health Report You Never Read (But Should Have)

Dr. Jonny Bowden | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonny Bowden

Basically, the committee said, in no uncertain or wishy-washy terms, that we have a huge problem and its name is sugar.

South Side Community Hospital To Remain Open -- For Now

Posted 06.06.2013 | Chicago

An eleventh-hour state bailout has saved Roseland Community Hospital on Chicago's South Side from shutting its doors — at least for now. Gov. Pa...

Senator Lautenberg's Legacy and His Successor

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

America lost a champion of public health and environmental protection when Senator Frank Lautenberg passed away on Monday. All of us benefited from hi...

How Fat Is Virginia?

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.04.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- A new report reveals that residents of Northern Virginia are fat -- and getting fatter. "How Healthy Is Northern Virginia?," a report...

Simple Tips for Creating Patient-Friendly Health Materials

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Clear communication from doctors, nurses, hospitals and clinics is essential for patients to manage their health care effectively. But creating easily understood materials isn't simple.

The Moral Arc of the Universe Bends Towards Justice, But It Will Not Happen on Its Own

Larry Brilliant, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2013 | College
Larry Brilliant, M.D.

The arc of history will not bend towards justice without you bending it. Public health needs you to ensure health for all. Seize that history. Bend that arc.

Genetic Testing and the Fight for a Cure

Rep. Louise Slaughter | Posted 07.31.2013 | Women
Rep. Louise Slaughter

Prior to the passage of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, women who suspected they might be at risk for hereditary breast cancer were often advised not to undergo genetic testing because they could lose their job, health insurance or both if the test confirmed they were at risk.

Biking (and Eating, and Shopping) Our Way to Good Health

James R. Knickman | Posted 07.30.2013 | New York
James R. Knickman

I do think about the public health aspects of this ambitious initiative, and I believe the 6,000 bikes offer a very visible symbol of the importance of getting New Yorkers more active.

Gotta Cigarette? How the Tobacco Companies are Gaining Ground in Promoting Coffin Nails for the World Through the TPP

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

Tobacco regulation is just one example of how the TPP will have damaging effects on the world we live in. We need to expose the deadly flaws in these behind-closed-doors negotiations now, before it's too late.

Health Care for All Immigrants Now

Ethan Rome | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

The House Republicans' opposition to health care for immigrants is both punitive and unjust. We shouldn't make folks with "provisional status" only provisionally healthy. We shouldn't single out certain groups for different treatment in the health care system.

Who Invented Memorial Day?

Jim Downs | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics
Jim Downs

As America recognizes the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclaimation, we would do well to revisit the origins of Memorial Day among freedpeople in Charleston.

One-Size Nutrition Profession Doesn't Fit All

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

More and more, health professionals from varied fields put their energies, time and money toward gaining the knowledge and experience necessary to effectively embrace the power of nutrition. But astonishingly, health professionals with nutrition tools to reverse chronic health conditions are gagged in many states.

Let's Move More Than Our Lips!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This time, let's prove we aren't all talk and no action. This time, let's demonstrate we aren't hypocrites. This time, let's prove we really are a nation of loving parents and grandparents, concerned and responsible adults. This time, let's move more than our lips.

Prevention Delivers for Teens in the US

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard K. Koh

This May, as we observe National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, there is encouraging news to report in our nation's ongoing effort to prevent teen ...

And The Healthiest City In America Is...

Aaron Sankin | Posted 05.22.2013 | San Francisco

What makes a particular city healthy? A low percentage of overweight citizens? A prevalence of jogging paths? Relatively few of its offices stricken w...

A Failure to Communicate: Why Gun Control Is Destined to Fail

Nathan Hegedus | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Nathan Hegedus

As Washington turns to scandal rather than policy, gun control seems to be slipping from the public conversation, and the already slim chance of legislation passing is fading to black.

Don't Blame Empathy

Jodi Halpern | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jodi Halpern

People care about more than numbers. They care so much about subjective well-being that they are willing to trade years of life for improved quality of life. Cold reason is really not sufficient to assess anyone's quality of life. That evaluation requires a robust application of empathy.

Ending the Silence on Mental Illness

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Lynn R. Goldman

The truth is that from the college campus to the workplace, we are all members of a national and increasingly global community. We must all learn the signs of depression and other mental disorders and reach out to someone in trouble.

Fixing Obesity

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a culture, we are drowning in calories of mostly very dubious quality, and drowning in an excess of labor-saving technology. I have compared obesity to drowning before, but want to dive more deeply today into the implications for fixing what ails us.

Pretense and Defense of Our Skin in the Game

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The world is ever smaller. Flu strains incubating in China can be in New York or LA or DC in the span of a day. This is a world in which an incurable bacterial disease, spread by a tiny insect native to Asia, decimates the citrus crop in Florida.

A Month After the Boston Bombings: What Public Health Can Offer

Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH | Posted 07.13.2013 | Impact
Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH

If you ask the question, "What does public health have to do with response to and recovery from the Boston Marathon bombing and to terrorism in general?", my answer is "everything."