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COVID-19- to COVID-20
Addressing concurrent co-morbidities: we are dealing more with a 'syndemic.' (2020-10-07)

Waiting for Godot Metaphor
Author suggests a gradated Pandemic Index as an initial effort. (2020-08-28)

Are we "Waiting for Godot"-- A metaphor for Covid-19
Since the discovery of COVID-19, a warlike analogy is frequently used to define our interaction with the virus, but in many ways we may be at war with ourselves. (2020-08-03)

COVID-19: Yin and yang and herd immunity
With no guarantee that a vaccine will be available soon, and even if one is developed it will take considerable time to administer to large numbers of people before the virus is eliminated. (2020-07-08)

How to build the plane while flying
In this study the authors show that clinical guidelines can still be created in the midst of a pandemic. (2020-06-16)

COVID-19: Are we handling this the right way?
COVID-19: Herd Immunity needs to be considered. (2020-06-08)

Lockdown or lockup
Because of wide variation in demographic, case definition, testing and other parameters, comparisons are difficult. Future comparisons based on number of cases will be even more arbitrary as increased testing will skew the clinical to sub-clinical ratios. (2020-05-05)

COVID-19 from response to recovery: a Rx for success
The medical response can be optimized and thus limit the socio-economic damage by turning down the national level of fear and beginning the recovery process by reopening the economy in a methodical way. This can be accomplished through application of individual and community risk management at the local level that is not compatible with Nation-wide or State-wide blanket interventions. This will mitigate a follow-on, multi-pronged Public Health crises fueled by unemployment and educational disruption. (2020-04-22)

Risk based approach will optimize socioeconomic recovery
COVID-19 is not the only public health crisis in the United States. There is a danger that extreme mitigation could result in a disastrous socio-economic situation which could potentially case a greater public health crisis. (2020-04-07)

Public health leaders call for coordinated communication response to COVID-19
On Thursday in the National Academy of Medicine's Perspectives, public health leaders including CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy Distinguished Lecturer Scott Ratzan, MD called for informed and active public policy leadership to employ strategically coordinated health communication and outreach on COVID-19 and other emerging global health threats. (2020-03-05)

BU researchers: Pornography is not a 'public health crisis'
Researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) have written an editorial in the American Journal of Public Health special February issue arguing against the claim that pornography is a public health crisis, and explaining why such a claim actually endangers the health of the public. (2020-01-09)

Climate engineering should not be considered a public good, new research shows
According to researchers, including faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York, calling climate engineering a public good misrepresents the technical definition of a public good and doesn't account for the potentially negative impacts of climate engineering. (2019-10-31)

Visible public health leadership needed to boost vaccine coverage
Public health expert Professor John Ashton is calling for local directors of public health to provide visible leadership to address the recent systematic deterioration of vaccine coverage levels. Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, he describes recent falls in the uptake of other preventative programs, including bowel, breast and cervical cancer and aortic aneurysm. (2019-06-05)

Higher levels of cooperation for provision than for maintenance of public goods
A research team was able to show that people are less willing to cooperate to maintain public goods than to provide new ones. The investigators took a closer look at the paradigm of reciprocity: I will only cooperate if others do so as well. The results were published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour. (2017-08-30)

Annual Meeting now offering CME and CE
Participants can earn continuing education contact hour credits in Nursing (CNE), and Medicine (CME for physicians and non-physicians) during the SDMPH Annual Meeting 2016. One continuing education credit is earned for every 60 minutes of educational content. The maximum is 16.75 credits. (2016-07-21)

Who will play with WHO?
Dr. Skip Burkle, eminent Harvard scholar and humanitarian, discusses future options available for health-related non-governmental organizations and the required educational and training requirements for healthcare provider accreditation on a global level. (2016-07-12)

The NHS is far safer inside the European Union, argues public health expert
The NHS is far safer inside the European Union, argues a leading public health expert in The BMJ today. (2016-05-04)

Public health should be part of Canada's missing and murdered Aboriginal women inquiry
Public health should be involved in Canada's national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women, because many factors underlying family and interpersonal violence are linked to mental health issues, substance abuse, low income and other public health issues, urges an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2016-02-29)

The importance of public service broadcasting in politics and society
A new article finds that people living in countries with public service broadcasting are better informed about government and politics, are more trusting of other people, and have more positive civic attitudes. (2016-01-13)

Grant supports development of software to judge quality of electronic public health data
A $381,000, two-year grant from the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health supports development by the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health of open source software tools to measure and monitor the quality of electronic data being transmitted to public health departments across the nation from health care systems, medical laboratories, physician offices and other sources. (2015-09-10)

Inaugural meeting of Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health begins July 29
In keeping with its vision, the newly formed Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health aims to provide attendees with resources, organizational structure, and the means to sustain interprofessional interaction and discourse related to the discipline of disaster medicine and public health. (2015-07-08)

Is UK shale gas extraction posing a risk to public health?
More needs to be done to investigate the risks to human health that extracting shale gas poses, suggests a personal view published on bmj.com today. (2014-04-17)

A new book considers the interaction between public spaces and drug use
Dr. Stephen Parkin, a Research Fellow in Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield, has published a book focusing on how public spaces affect more harmful episodes of injecting drug use. (2013-08-02)

2012 Pacific Global Health Conference
Hawaii is to host the 2012 Pacific Global Health Conference, which is expected to attract leading health professionals from across the globe. (2012-09-17)

Public health needs a radical shake up, say experts
Public health needs a radical shake up if it is to enable good health to flourish, say experts on bmj.com today. (2012-08-21)

College part of new NIHR School for Public Health Research
The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry is one of just eight health research institutions in England to be chosen as a collaborator in the new National Institute for Health Research School for Public Health Research. (2012-04-17)

Priorities for health systems strengthening efforts from the US CDC
In this week's PLoS Medicine, Peter Bloland and colleagues from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lay out the agency's priorities for health systems strengthening efforts. (2012-04-03)

Flying the flag: Does it matter?
Flying the EU flag on public buildings on Europe Day (Monday, May 9) has no impact on public attitudes to the EU. But EU symbols used in practical ways such as at airport passport controls can polarize attitudes to the EU amongst the Scots and Welsh, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Strathclyde, but have little impact on people in England. (2011-05-09)

Study finds public relatively unconcerned about nanotechnology risks
A new study finds that the general public thinks getting a suntan poses a greater public health risk than nanotechnology or other nanoparticle applications. The study, from North Carolina State University, compared survey respondents' perceived risk of nanoparticles with 23 other public-health risks. (2011-04-12)

Public health in the genomic era: A global issue
In a new report (2010-11-30)

ASU's Public Health Law Network awarded national grant
The Public Health Law Network -- Western Region at Arizona State University has been awarded a $95,000 grant to develop a public health legal training curriculum and exercises for the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Under the supervision of Professor James G. Hodge Jr., of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, public health law practitioners and emergency preparedness experts will produce the emergency legal preparedness materials for training state and local public health officials, legal counsel and emergency managers. (2010-11-15)

UCLA gets $4.8 million to create Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center
The UCLA School of Public Health has received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention totaling $4.8 million over four years to create a Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center. The PERRC will facilitate research to strengthen and improve the ability of federal, state and local public health agencies to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and human-induced disasters -- including terrorism. (2009-10-13)

American Society for Microbiology honors Mary J.R. Gilchrist
The 2009 American Society for Microbiology Gen-Probe Joseph Public Health Award is being presented to Mary J.R. Gilchrist, Ph.D., D(ABMM), director, Bureau of Laboratory Science, Department of Public Health, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston. This award recognizes a distinguished microbiologist who has exhibited exemplary leadership and service in the field of public health. (2009-06-08)

Norhealth leads the way for public health information systems
Norhealth is an interactive web-based health information system that has created a knowledge base for health promotion and prevention strategies in Norway. An article about Norhealth has been published in the September issue of Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. (2008-10-22)

UNC receives $8.5 million for new public health preparedness research center
The North Carolina Institute for Public Health has been awarded an $8.5 million, five-year grant to create a new research center focused on helping protect the state from a wide range to disasters and threats. (2008-10-09)

Public involvement in environmental decisions
Legislation and public pressure have led federal agencies such as the US Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Agriculture to involve the public in a wide range of environmental decisions. (2008-08-20)

Statement of concern on detention of Drs. Kamiar and Arash Alaei by Iranian authorities
Barry R. Bloom, dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, today expressed (2008-08-08)

British public supports use of personal data for health research
The British public supports the use of personal medical data, without consent, for public health research, finds a study published on bmj.com today. Most people also think that cancer registration should be required by law. (2006-04-27)

Nearly half of public health employees unlikely to work during pandemic
Over 40 percent of public health employees surveyed said they are unlikely to report to work during an influenza pandemic. Local public health workers would play a vital role in responding to a pandemic. The survey, conducted in Maryland by the Bloomberg School's Center for Public Health Preparedness, also found that 66 percent of public health workers felt they would put themselves at risk of infection if they were to report to work during a pandemic. (2006-04-17)

$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)

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