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The Next Big Public Health Breakthrough:  Walking

The Next Big Public Health Breakthrough: Walking

For years, planners have been advocating the creation of “walkable” neighborhoods.  Now, according to Citiwire, they are getting some powerful allies in public health and corporate America: More than 100 organizations, ranging from the National PTA to the American Lung Association to AARP to NAACP to Nike, were at the meeting. Despite their varied missions, […]

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Do “Food Deserts” Really Matter?

Do “Food Deserts” Really Matter?

Advocates for improved public health and nutrition have argued that obesity and other food-related public health problems are exacerbated by the existence of  “food deserts,” stretches of cities and regions where there are few if any outlets selling fresh, unprocessed food. The L.A. Times reports that a new study finds that the link between the […]

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Innovation, Collaboration & Big Pharma

Innovation, Collaboration & Big Pharma

BBC Global Business hosted an interesting discussion of how major pharmaceutical companies will be pursuing R&D in the 21st Century, given the lapse of patent protection for a major generation of drugs and changes in the field of medicine.  Participants include Freida Lewis Hall, Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer, Patrick Flochel, a partner in Ernst […]

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Can We Prosper in a Slow-Growth World?

Can We Prosper in a Slow-Growth World?

Die Welt reports that German researchers are looking at new ways of measuring economic well-being to discern if it is possible to continue to live well in a slow-growing economy: A prerequisite for change is an “expanded definition of prosperity,” the study [by social scientist Meinhard Miegel titled Von der Konsum- zur Wohlstandskultur (“From a […]

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Another Take on Brain Chemistry

Another Take on Brain Chemistry

We started the week off with an unusual post about how big pharma companies may be using drugs to harm people.  We close the week with an equally weird post:  Time magazine reports that researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that, used under proper supervision, psilocybin (the “magic mushroom” drug) does not appear to have […]

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Markets and the Mental Illness Epidemic

Markets and the Mental Illness Epidemic

This isn’t really on topic for our blog, but a recent article in the New York Review of Books by Harvard Medical School faculty member Marcia Angell raises some serious questions about how the pharmaceutical industry goes about its business. As you may know, the reported incidence of mental illness has skyrocketed in the US […]

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