public health

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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A Competitive Economy Needs a Healthy Community

A Competitive Economy Needs a Healthy Community

That’s the argument made by former Kansas City mayor Mark Funkhouser over at the Governing Institute: More and more companies, in their efforts to contain employee health-care costs, are making a community’s obesity rate the most important factor in their business-location decisions, Dr. James Johnson of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill told […]

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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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MedCottage:  Bringing the Nursing Home to the Patient

MedCottage: Bringing the Nursing Home to the Patient

Just to prove that we don’t think all technology is evil: Springwise recently highlighted a new modular construction technology that could potentially enable people to bring advanced medical care to their homes, rather than having to bring elderly family members to a nursing home: The 12-by-24-foot MedCottage connects to a single-family house’s electrical and water […]

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