Public Health Perspective

 
 
  • Health Effects of Indoor Air Pollution From Biomass Cooking Stoves Find out about feasible, low-cost measures that could reduce the devastating health outcomes of exposure to indoor biomass smoke.
  • Global Warming: A Public Health Crisis Demanding Immediate Action Part 2 contends corporations have employed unsound science and legislative influence to impede progress and describes what individuals and health professionals can do to confront global warming.
  • Global Warming: A Public Health Crisis Demanding Immediate Action -- Part 1 The first in a 2-part series, this column provides an overview of the causes and environmental/health consequences of global warming.
  • Why Pandemic Influenza Is So Frightening As bad as a bout of real, seasonal influenza is, the human encounter with the H1N1 strain -- the version of influenza that literally swept the world during the 1918 pandemic -- was worse.
  • Paying for Prevention Research evidence supports implementation of prevention efforts. So why has financing not occurred? Daniel Shodell, MD, MPH, offers ways to correct the current imbalance in spending priorities.
  • Bird Flu: Major Threat or Chicken Little? When it comes to epidemics, we can never let our guard down or -- when epidemics don't appear in a given year -- assume that the problem has been solved.
  • Dying for a Drink: Alcohol on Campus The recognition that college kids are going to drink does not negate parental, public health, and social obligations to make it a bit harder for them to get totally tanked.
  • Preventing and Managing Premature Births Prematurity remains a significant public health problem in the United States; disparities persist across populations and few inroads have been made toward increased understanding and prevention.
  • Happy (Belated) Birthday, Dr. Freud Howard Markel, MD, PhD, reflects on some of Freud's central precepts and how these have been abandoned by a culture that is overdiagnosed, overprescribed, and overpathologized.
  • Global Treatment for HIV/AIDS: Integrating Prevention It is important to transition the momentum generated by the "3 by 5" program from a one-time stretch goal focused on treatment to an ongoing program that integrates care, treatment, and prevention.
  • Fair Share Healthcare The fair share healthcare approach is a neat step sideways, and doesn't address the root causes of our most pressing healthcare issues.
  • Designing Healthy Communities: Raising Healthy Kids Learn how to improve understanding of the relationship between built environments and health and safety, and about solutions that can be used by families, communities, and policy-makers.
  • Educating Parents About RSV Infection Using every opportunity to educate parents and sharing information about available resources can significantly reduce RSV-related hospitalizations and save lives.
  • Embryonic Stem Cells, Cloning, and the Power of Words The author urges discarding inflammatory or confusing language and focusing instead on exploring the potentially life-saving power of regenerative medicine.
  • The Case for Prevention Research The executive director of the American Public Health Association calls for a solid research base for policy to build programs that work and prevention efforts that will stand the test of time.
  • The Sleepy Teenager Since the 1980s, average sack time has decreased significantly. Sleep deprivation can negatively affect mood and the ability to problem solve, and can lead to increases in risky behavior.
  • Where to Put NIOSH? The unanimity of opinion within the occupational health and safety field is unprecedented: NIOSH should not be placed in the CDC organizational framework.
  • Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act of 2005 Decades of uncontrolled use of asbestos have resulted in a crisis in the United States and throughout the world. The asbestos disease epidemic is only now peaking, and will continue for years to come.
  • Preactivity Screening for Older Adults Although a Surgeon General's report concluded that no one is too old to enjoy the benefits of physical activity, there has been a nagging concern about the risk of exercise-related injuries.
  • You Have the Right to...Health? What do human rights have to do with health? Here's the short-version answer and a way to find out more.