Author Archives: Belinda Reeve

08.13.14

Pandas, pandemics, and public health: A fond farewell to the O’Neill Institute

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Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there was a young law student. She felt lost and alone, realizing that she didn’t want to practice at Big Soulless Law Firm, Inc, but unsure about what else to do. She did enjoy her course in public health, however, and wondered if there might be a […]

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07.03.14

Public health in the digital era part 2: the top 8 digital tools for health researchers

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Sometimes I fantasize about research before the Internet. I would’ve walked to the library to find cases in physical copies of the law reports, and read books made out of actual trees. Sure, it would’ve been slow and time consuming, but perhaps more manageable than the constant onslaught of facts and figures bombarding today’s researchers. […]

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06.05.14

Public health in the digital era part 1: the top 10 health blogs you should be reading

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The internet is a double-edged sword.  We have access to a world of information, but we’re overwhelmed by news reports, policy developments, and new scientific research.  Reading high-quality blogs is one way of staying on top of recent issues in public health. Here I present ten of the best health blogs, drawn from recommendations from […]

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05.15.14

How low can we go? Six steps for an effective national salt reduction program

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  Hypertension affects one-third of American adults; around 67 million people. High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke – the first and fourth most common causes of death in the US. Hypertension is not the inevitable by-product of aging; ‘chronic sodium intoxication’ is a significant contributor, i.e. the large […]

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04.03.14

The use of law as an instrument in prevention: A short report from the EU Summit on Chronic Diseases

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  Today I attended the first day of the EU Summit on Chronic Diseases. The Summit brings together policymakers, stakeholders and interest groups involved in chronic disease prevention, with the aim of developing a set of recommendations for policy action to reduce the medical, social and economic burden of chronic diseases in the EU. This […]

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03.27.14

Fighting fat: What we can learn from the military’s war on obesity?

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  September 11 and the 2011 anthrax attacks drew America’s attention to the role of public health in national security. The events of 2011 also led to an overhaul of public health laws that enable governments to respond rapidly and effectively to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. Yet one of the biggest threats to […]

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02.21.14

McRegulation: A primer on the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative

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Image: smh.com This blog post starts with a confession: I used to love McDonald’s. When I was a kid I played in McDonald’s playgrounds and collected the toys from Happy Meals – we have some of them still at home. I can even remember what I ordered from McDonald’s because I had exactly the same […]

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01.24.14

Snacks and the City: Local Innovation in Obesity Prevention Policies

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    Co-authored with Anna Stoto, a research assistant at the O’Neill Institute  In 2007 Mayor Mick Corbett put Oklahoma City on a diet. Inspired by his own weight-loss battle, and the fact that Oklahoma City was labelled one of the fattest places in America, on New Year’s Eve Corbett stood in front of the […]

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12.18.13

O’Neill Institute Holiday Special: A public health defense of Christmas

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Christmas might seem like the natural enemy of public health. There’s the traditional Christmas lunch of roast turkey, ham, potatoes, stuffing, pudding, and if you’re lucky, a Christmas cake made by Mom. And that’s just the day itself. In the lead up there’s the office party with 1000kj canapés, catch-up meals with friends and end-of-year […]

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10.31.13

O'Neill Institute Halloween Special: Pandemic Preparedness and the Zombie Apocalypse

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If pop culture is anything to go by, then zombies are coming for us. They’ve invaded our television screens, computers, movie theaters and bookstores. Zombies freely walk the streets in countries around the world. Sometimes they even participate in fun runs. There is significant potential for zombieism to run rampant in the US, spread quickly […]

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