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Access to Care Is Only Part of Public Health

While the U.S. debate over healthcare has been focused on Obamacare, we’ve been ignoring some other important aspects of health policy.
Water Treatment Plant

Can Bacteria Improve the Water We Drink?

Municipal water treatment just got easier, cheaper, and more efficient. And it's all thanks to an unlikely helper: bacteria.
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When Refrigeration Was Controversial

What the ordinary egg has to do with your refrigerator.
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Why Doctors Are Prescribing Gun Legislation

Gun legislation is once again becoming a public health concern, according to the AMA and other medical groups.

The Lasting Fallout of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study

A new paper provides evidence that the Tuskegee Syphilis Study reduced the life expectancy of African-American men—though the Tuskegee Syphilis Study ...

What’s A Healthier Choice: A Big Mac or A Chipotle Burrito?

Consumers looking to make a healthier choice need to consider that "fast casual" restaurants aren't always better than fast food.

A Brief History of Tobacco in America

Over the past 50 years, the portion of Americans who smoke dropped has dropped from 42 to 15 percent. The precipitous decline could mean the end of the fascination.

What the Titanic Reveals About Class and Life Expectancy

The recent anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic reminds us of the serious and often-roundabout influence socioeconomic status can ...

Guess What? You’re a Superorganism.

The White House has announced the "microbiome moonshot" – a push to understand the human microbiome.
Gladyes Williamson holds up a discolored jug of water and chants along with other protestors outside the Farmers Market downtown on April 25, 2015, which marks the one year anniversary of the City of Flint switching from using Detroit water to Flint River water. Flint residents of all ages gathered outside Flint City Hall, located on S. Saginaw Street, with signs, t-shirts, and megaphones before walking throughout many streets downtown to voice their concerns with the public. (Sam Owens/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

Should the EPA Be Blamed For the Crisis in Flint?

The EPA has claimed no wrongdoing in the crisis in Flint. Should they have?