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$4.5 million CDC grant funds Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness
To ensure that the public health workforce in Connecticut and beyond is able to mount a swift, coordinated response to disasters, acts of terrorism and disease outbreaks, the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale (EPH) will use a $4.5 million, five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish the Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness. (2006-02-14)

Complete smoking ban leads to marked rise in smoking cessation efforts
The public has made significantly more enquiries to a national Quitline for smokers, and demand for nicotine replacement treatment vouchers has increased, following a total ban on smoking in indoor public places in New Zealand, according to a letter in this week's BMJ. (2005-11-10)

NHS should have an independent regulator
The NHS should have an independent regulator like other public utilities in the UK, argues a senior doctor in this week's BMJ. (2005-10-20)

International public health expert Jeffrey Koplan addresses emerging infectious diseases conference
Many of the dominant public health topics of the past two years, including smallpox, SARS, avian influenza, and mad cow disease, illustrate the complex relationship between the science of public health and infectious diseases and the practice of public health and politics. Dr. Jeffrey Koplan will bring his personal views and experiences to bear on the critical interactions among government and the scientific and public health communities. (2004-03-01)

Healthcare watchdog calls for government rethink on public role in NHS decision-making
Independent healthcare charity the King's Fund has called on the Government to rethink its policy on public involvement in health care strategy, in a paper in this week's BMJ. (2004-01-15)

Use science to drive public health practice, says book by Saint Louis University faculty
A new book written by four Saint Louis University School of Public Health faculty members offers systematic way of drawing from research to create a plan of action to address public health issues. (2003-02-05)

Has drug regulation abandoned its public health mission?
Over the past 20 years, the pharmaceutical industry has skilfully managed to achieve an unhealthy influence over drug regulatory agencies, which may be threatening the public health needs of the European Union, according to an article in this week's BMJ. (2002-11-14)

New consent rules may threaten our health
Undue emphasis on patient consent and over-zealous application of guidelines on confidentiality would prejudice disease surveillance and seriously threaten the health of the general public, doctors report in this week's BMJ. (2002-05-16)

Teenage pregnancy is not a public health problem
Teenage pregnancy is not a public health problem, but is really a reflection of what is considered to be socially, culturally, and economically acceptable in the United Kingdom, argue researchers in this week's BMJ. (2001-12-13)

Britain needs more preparation for responding to public health emergencies
The United Kingdom needs to be better equipped and organised to deliver health protection in the event of public health emergencies and major disasters. Though better prepared than some other countries, many years of under-investment leaves us vulnerable, warn public health specialists in this week's BMJ. (2001-12-06)

PFI is being implemented with virtually no public debate
In the last of four Education and Debate articles published in the BMJ, this week Declan Gaffney et al from University College London, and the Universities of Northumbria and Manchester, pull together their arguments against the continuation of the government's private finance initiative within the UK's National Health Service. (1999-07-23)

Role Of Government Branches In Tobacco War
Litigation alone won't solve the problem and may not be the best way to change tobacco control policy, according to a new University of Michigan study. (1998-11-10)

The 1848 Public Health Act And Its Relevance To Improving Public Health In England Now
1998 is the 150th anniversary of the Public Health Act. Chief Medical Officer, Sir Kenneth Calman, reflects on today's public health challenges. He argues that the public are allies of the medical professions, not enemies, but doctors need to communicate with the public more effectively, especially about risk and uncertainty. (1998-08-27)

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