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Monthly Archives: January 2014

01.24.14

The Need for a Closer Look at the Trillions of Calories Slashed from the American Marketplace

By Tanya Baytor

  Earlier this month there was a flurry of excitement in the public health community when the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced that the nation’s largest food and beverage companies had cut trillions of calories from the American marketplace.  In 2010, as part of the industry group known as the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, […]

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01.17.14

Anti-Homosexuality Bill Passed in Uganda: A Lesson Unlearned and a Step Back for Public Health

By Ana S. Ayala

Less than one month ago, on December 20, 2013, the Ugandan Parliament passed an anti-homosexuality bill that, if signed by President Yoweri Museveni, will mean not only a critical step back in the protection of human rights for members of the LGBT community in Uganda, but also one for the country’s public health. As an […]

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01.16.14

Lasting harm from Hepatitis B vaccination scare in China

By Di Wu

A recent major concern about the safety of Hepatitis B vaccines in China has put manufacturers and the health authorities under a spotlight and threatened progress in significantly lowering Hep B infection rate two decades after China added the Hep B vaccine into the newborn immunization plan in 1992. Last month, Chinese media relayed suspicions […]

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01.13.14

Four things we should probably stop doing in the name of public health in 2014

By Brian Honermann

Within public health, we have many victories to claim. Vaccinations – for example – have been and remain unmitigated successes. Yet, there are many public health interventions that have been instituted and promoted by public health advocates, medical doctors, and various pharmaceutical or medical device companies that have proven to be ineffective at improving health […]

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01.02.14

In Fighting the Harmful Use of Alcohol, Abstinence May Not Be the (Only) Solution

By Brian Honermann

Ever since our prehistoric ancestors discovered the pleasant psychoactive effects of fermented beverages, alcohol dependency and alcoholism have been drinking’s perennial companions. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.5 million deaths each year result from the harmful use of alcohol, accounting for nearly 4% of all deaths worldwide. And that is not to mention […]

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