With the look and feel of real cigarettes, electronic cigarettes are experiencing a boom in popularity. But as the product’s popularity rises, so do the unknowns about its potential impact on public health.
President Barack Obama’s proposed fiscal year 2014 budget for public health falls short in many areas — including reductions to prevention grants — but advances others.
The unique configuration of the Boston Public Health Commission meant that on April 15, when two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, public health was on the scene and ready to respond. Read more from this story published in The Nation's Health newspaper.
The work of researchers who study gun violence has been much more difficult for the past 17 years, during which federal funding for gun violence research has been virtually nonexistent.
As director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Linda Birnbaum provides leadership in environmental sciences and looks toward the future of new environmental research. Read the full interview in the March 2013 issue of The Nation's Health.
Using Twitter has been known to help people gain followers, friends and even employment. But a new study says tweeting can help users lose something equally important — extra pounds.
Health workers planning ahead for climate change effects on US: EPA indicators designed to track trends
Sea levels are rising. Glaciers are melting and heat waves are striking with increasing frequency. The global climate is changing, and with those changes come challenges for U.S. public health professionals, who will be faced with new and increasing health dangers in their states and communities.
Differences in the quality of jobs, access to health care, transportation, education and environment put many people at a disadvantage right from the start of their lives, and those disadvantages eventually lead to shorter, less healthful lives.
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For many uninsured Americans, Medicaid expansion is critical: States’ decisions have lifesaving impact
Health officials in Washington have been working to revamp and expand the state’s Medicaid program since passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. It is a complex undertaking, expected to bring more than 300,000 residents into the coverage fold.
At Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, all first-year students participate in a “great problems” seminar focusing on issues such as food sustainability, the world’s water supply or chronic disease.
The baby boomer generation is aging, and many men and women in that age group find themselves simultaneously taking care of their parents and their own children. Those responsibilities can have an effect on both the physical and mental health of caregivers, and by extension, all of society.