Barbara Feder Ostrov
- What I've Learned at ReportingonHealth What I've Learned at ReportingonHealth
Some last words of wisdom as ReportingonHealth's deputy editor says goodbye.
- Covering A Medical Ethics Scandal: What You Can Learn Covering A Medical Ethics Scandal: What You Can Learn
Marjie Lundstrom's medical ethics scoop was a jaw-dropper: two California doctors had deliberately introduced bacteria into the open head wounds of three brain cancer patients. Here's what you can learn from her coverage of this unfolding s [...]
- Medicare and the Fiscal Cliff: Trudy Lieberman's Tips For Your Coverage Medicare and the Fiscal Cliff: Trudy Lieberman's Tips For Your Coverage
As Congress considers Medicare cuts during fiscal cliff negotiations, we review Trudy Lieberman's great tips for covering Medicare in your community.
- Thanksgiving 2012: What Are You Thankful For? (Professionally Speaking) Thanksgiving 2012: What Are You Thankful For? (Professionally Speaking)
We asked health journalists of all stripes to tell us what they're thankful for today. What are you thankful for?
- Health Reform: Will Employers Pay or Play? Resources for Your Work Health Reform: Will Employers Pay or Play? Resources for Your Work
As health reform gets underway, will employers still provide health insurance for workers or leave them to fend for themselves in the new insurance exchanges? We sort out the issues and offer resources for your work.
- Outbreak of Meningitis Causing Health Officials to Look Overseas for Help Outbreak of Meningitis Causing Health Officials to Look Overseas for Help
By Thomas Clark, MD, MPH This time last year public health officials were grappling with a meningitis outbreak linked to fungus found in tainted medication. Now officials are trying to rein in a different outbreak of meningitis, more speci [...]
- Winter is Coming… Be Ready Winter is Coming… Be Ready
With winter bearing down on most of the country this week, it’s a great time to make sure you’re ready for cold weather. Winter can be unpredictable as temperatures drop quickly and snow piles up within hours. Winter is coming, so heed th [.
- Do 1 Thing: Emergency Supplies Do 1 Thing: Emergency Supplies
By Cate Shockey This blog is part of a series, covering a preparedness topic each month from the Do 1 Thing Program . Join us this month to discuss emergency kits. With the holidays around the corner and winter weather creeping in, it’s the [...]
- Flu Fighting Facts: How to stay healthy this flu season Flu Fighting Facts: How to stay healthy this flu season
With colder temperatures comes the holiday season, a new year, and of course, flu season! Flu activity is currently low in the United States, but is expected to increase in the coming weeks, making now a great time to prepare for flu. Flu [...]
- Typhoon Haiyan: A look at public health’s role in disaster recovery Typhoon Haiyan: A look at public health’s role in disaster recovery
Seeing images of the devastation in the Philippines reminded me of my own experiences with Hurricane Katrina and the Asian Tsunami. During both of those events, I had the honor to join CDC (and WHO in the case of Indonesia) teams to help re [...]
- Coming Soon: A New and Improved DPH Blog Coming Soon: A New and Improved DPH Blog
Posted by John Jacob, a health communications writer and editor at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Hi everyone: Here at DPH we're in the process of changing blogging platforms to bring you a more interactive and user-friendly [...]
- Muy pronto: Un nuevo y mejorado blog de DPH Muy pronto: Un nuevo y mejorado blog de DPH
Posted by Omar Cabrera, Community Health Education Manager at DPH. Saludos a todos nuestros lectores: Aquí en DPH estamos en el proceso de cambiar las plataformas de nuestros blogs para ofrecerle una experiencia más interactiva y fácil de u [...]
- Em breve: um blog novo e melhorado para a DPH Em breve: um blog novo e melhorado para a DPH
Posted by Omar Cabrera, Community Health Education Manager at DPH. Olá, pessoal. Aqui na DPH estamos fazendo uma mudança na plataforma de blog para proporcionar uma experiência mais interativa e fácil de usar. Não estranhe nosso silêncio no [..
- Commissioner's Corner: Sharing News on Public Health Initiatives in Massachusetts Commissioner's Corner: Sharing News on Public Health Initiatives in Massachusetts
Posted by Cheryl Bartlett, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Public Health As Acting Commissioner of the Department of Public Health, I have the privilege of seeing first hand the vital work our Department performs on a daily basis – [...]
- It's Blueberry Season! It's Blueberry Season!
Posted by: Lani Taormina, Department of Public Health Lani is a Health Communication Specialist at the Department of Public Health One of the best fruits of the summertime season is the little but powerful blueberry. Not only are blueberrie [...]
- California Set to Declare BPA Toxic to Reproductive System California Set to Declare BPA Toxic to Reproductive System
By Alex Formuzis, VP for Communications Full disclosure. Over the years (not in the last 15) I've been asked to leave several establishments for various reasons. There was the Paragon Bar in Seattle, Charlie B's Saloon in Miss [...]
- "Natural" Extracts Can Trigger Allergies "Natural" Extracts Can Trigger Allergies
By Johanna Congleton, EWG Senior Scientist Allergies are an increasingly serious health issue for millions of Americans, especially children. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the number of [...]
- Senators Push for Action on Disease Clusters Bill Senators Push for Action on Disease Clusters Bill
By Jason Rano, EWG Director of Government AffairsTwo years ago, Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced the Strengthening Protections for Childr [...]
- Perfume for Babies? Seriously? Perfume for Babies? Seriously?
By Nneka Leiba, Senior Analyst Fashion house Dolce & Gabbana is planning to market a perfume for babies. Founder Stefano Gabbana dropped a broad hint when he posted an Instagram photo of a golden box with a cupid and the comment, [...]
- BPA: Why I Became Best Friends with my Slow Cooker BPA: Why I Became Best Friends with my Slow Cooker
By Heather White, EWG Executive Director My slow cooker is battered and dinged, and I love it. Fill it with filtered water and dried beans in the morning, set on low, and by dinnertime, I have a steaming pot of cooked beans. O [...]
- Flu season is here: Vaccination is your best protection Flu season is here: Vaccination is your best protection
Dr. Michael Jhung, medical officer for the influenza division, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionToday’s guest blog is by Michael Jhung, MD, MPH, MS, a medical officer for the Surveillance and Outbreak Response Team in the Influenza [...]
- It’s National Hand-Washing Awareness Week — Do you know the right way to wash your hands? It’s National Hand-Washing Awareness Week — Do you know the right way to wash your hands?
Dec. 1-7 is National Hand-Washing Awareness Week 2013, so let’s talk about hand hygiene. What is hand hygiene? It’s a term we use to describe things you can do, such as hand-washing and using hand sanitizer, to improve the cleanliness of yo [...]
- Public Health Thank You Day is Nov. 25 Public Health Thank You Day is Nov. 25
Before settling down to enjoy Thanksgiving, take a few minutes to thank some of those people who make it possible for us to celebrate. Sometimes it can be easy to take things for granted, such as the fact that community flu clinics ar [...]
- ‘Tis the season to get ready! ‘Tis the season to get ready!
Flat Stella and Flat Stanley visit Queens, NY. FEMA/Andre R AragonAs you’re preparing for the holiday season, the Get Ready campaign reminds you to be safe while traveling. Whether you plan to visit the grandparents or take a winter ski tri [...]
- Knowing when antibiotics work — and when they don’t Knowing when antibiotics work — and when they don’t
From Centers for Disease Control and PreventionIt’s Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, an annual event promoted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The week teaches people how to use antibiotics the right way and draws attent [...]
Global Health Ideas
- Garcinia Cambogia Diet – Find The Best Garcinia Cambogia Extract Garcinia Cambogia Diet – Find The Best Garcinia Cambogia Extract
Health, Fitness, and Weight Loss Supplements - What’s the biggest challenge faced by many of those who are trying to lose weight? Believe it or not, it’s not the actual weight loss. Unfortunately, the biggest challenge you face [...]
- FucoXanthin Featured on Dr Oz show FucoXanthin Featured on Dr Oz show
Health, Fitness, and Weight Loss Supplements - Curious to the newest trend in weight loss, FucoXanthin? It was featured on the Dr. Oz show recently, hailing it as a power pill with great results. If you are looking for a new and beneficial [...]
- Raspberry Ketones – Improve Liver Health and Aid Weight Loss Raspberry Ketones – Improve Liver Health and Aid Weight Loss
Health, Fitness, and Weight Loss Supplements - By Lily Baines With the festive period drawing to a close and new year’s resolutions chosen, weight loss becomes a primary goal for a lot of people in the western world, especially during [...]
- How Raspberry Ketone Burns Fat So You Can Shed Those Stubborn Pounds How Raspberry Ketone Burns Fat So You Can Shed Those Stubborn Pounds
Health, Fitness, and Weight Loss Supplements - Believe me, I know how hard it is to lose weight. Who hasn’t experienced the frustration of dieting? You pass up desserts, count calories, count carbs, count fat grams, work out, even fee [...]
- Green Coffee Bean Diet Scam – (research shows it’s not) Green Coffee Bean Diet Scam – (research shows it’s not)
Health, Fitness, and Weight Loss Supplements - Many people are looking for a better weight loss method. The newest craze seems to be green coffee bean supplements, but are they as good as the hype? In a word, yes there is preliminary resear [...]
Global Health Policy
- World AIDS Day Roundup World AIDS Day Roundup
Over the last few months, we have been busy tracking and analyzing a number of notable developments in the global AIDS space. So in commemoration of World AIDS Day, marked annually on December 1st, here is a roundup of what we’v [...]
- BBC on the Global Fund: Behind the Scenes BBC on the Global Fund: Behind the Scenes
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria will host its fourth replenishment meeting this week in Washington, DC where it’s hoping to raise $15 billion to support its work for the next three years. On the eve of the replenis [...]
- Ambassador Goosby’s Legacy: Research, Implementation Science, and Impact Evaluation Ambassador Goosby’s Legacy: Research, Implementation Science, and Impact Evaluation
Earlier this month, Ambassador Goosby officially announced that he was stepping down from his role as Global AIDS Coordinator where he led the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief for the past four years. As my colleague Amanda blogg [...]
- PEPFAR Teams Are Designing Impact Evaluations: Retrospective, Prospective, and Randomized PEPFAR Teams Are Designing Impact Evaluations: Retrospective, Prospective, and Randomized
Last year, PEPFAR submitted guidelines which encouraged country staff to submit a proposal to conduct an “impact evaluation” (IE) as part of their annual Country Operation Plan (COP). Subsequently, they received four submi [...]
- Sneak Preview: CDC’s Effort to Measure the Determinants of AIDS Treatment Quality Sneak Preview: CDC’s Effort to Measure the Determinants of AIDS Treatment Quality
This is a joint post with Yuna Sakuma. This blog is the second in a series of three on the quality of PEPFAR’s HIV treatment programs. See the first blog in there series here. It’s one thing to measure the quality of [...]
Good Idea Public Health
- The Breathe Easies rock the house to prevent childhood asthma... The Breathe Easies rock the house to prevent childhood asthma...
The Breathe Easies rock the house to prevent childhood asthma attacks. My favorite video is “Vacuum up the floor”, but you might also swing to the rhythms of “Clean up the mold” and Don’t smoke in the house”.
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- Adult generations of today are less healthy than their counterparts of previous generations Adult generations of today are less healthy than their counterparts of previous generations
Adult generations of today are less healthy than their counterparts of previous generations:...
- Lift your Skirt for a Pap Smear
The Singapore Cancer Society... Lift your Skirt for a Pap Smear
The Singapore Cancer Society...
Lift your Skirt for a Pap Smear The Singapore Cancer Society raises awareness for cervical cancer and invites Singapore women to free pap smear screenings in May 2013. Each year, 200 women are newly diagnosed with the preventable disease and 70 die f
- Likes are not enough…
I like the surprising fundraising... Likes are not enough…
I like the surprising fundraising...
Likes are not enough… I like the surprising fundraising approach by UNICEF to support polio vaccination.
Health Affairs Blog
- Health Policy Brief: mHealth And FDA Guidance Health Policy Brief: mHealth And FDA Guidance
A new Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explores the promise and challenges surrounding Mobile Health, or mHealth: the use of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile and wireless devices in public [...]
- A ‘Doc Fix’ That Still Needs Fixing A ‘Doc Fix’ That Still Needs Fixing
Recently, bipartisan leaders of two Congressional committees—Finance in the Senate and Means and Ways in the House—released a proposed solution for the longstanding “doc fix” dilemma. Thus far, this debate has seen lawmakers annually defer [
- Why Are Cancer Drugs Commonly The Target Of Schemes To Extend Patent Exclusivity? Why Are Cancer Drugs Commonly The Target Of Schemes To Extend Patent Exclusivity?
The makers of branded pharmaceuticals have devised numerous ways to extend patent exclusivity for lucrative products in the United States. In June, the Supreme Court gave the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) clear authority to investigate and [...]
- New Health Affairs Issue Focuses On Emergency Medicine New Health Affairs Issue Focuses On Emergency Medicine
The December issue of Health Affairs, released today, examines the state of emergency care in the United States. As Founding Editor John Iglehart describes in the issue: “Emergency departments seem like orphans in the US health care system, [...]
- Agenda For Health Affairs December 4 Emergency Medicine Briefing Now Available Agenda For Health Affairs December 4 Emergency Medicine Briefing Now Available
The agenda for the Wednesday, December 4, Health Affairs briefing on emergency medicine is now available. At the briefing, we will unveil the December issue of the journal, a thematic volume titled "The Future of Emergency Medicine: Challen [...]
Pulse + Signal
- 5 Innovators Tackle Chronic Disease 5 Innovators Tackle Chronic Disease
Over the past two years, there has been an increasing focus on the use of big data to make an impact within healthcare - everything from EMRs to tracking personal activity achievement over time. However, Jen van der Meer of Lu [...]
- The FLOTUS Says: Drink More Water The FLOTUS Says: Drink More Water
Many of us know the basics of better nutrition and well being. Drinking water is definitely part of that. The consumer-centric world of beverages with some sort of added benefit has exploded over the past several years. Remember when Snappl [...]
- Bringing Diversity to the Health Tech Ecosystem Bringing Diversity to the Health Tech Ecosystem
The following is a guest post by Dr. Ivor Horn. Ivor is a physician, thought leader and health services researcher with a passion for technology, health innovation and the underserved. Learn more about her on her website. While we ha [...]
- RWJF Wants Your Ideas to Change the Future of Health RWJF Wants Your Ideas to Change the Future of Health
Anybody who knows me hears me mention the impact that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has had on me in my career. As a matter of fact, during the first Health Datapalooza event in Washington, DC – I got a chance to meet and hang ou [...]
- Welcome to the New Pulse + Signal! Welcome to the New Pulse + Signal!
I’m extremely excited not only about the new look of the website but also the actual mission/activities that have changed a bit. For the past 6 years myself and a handful of guests on the blog have given you insight into the worlds of [...]
Reporting on Health
- Herd Immunity: California makes infection mapping look easy Herd Immunity: California makes infection mapping look easy
Wish you had a place to compare hospital post-op infection rates before you consider where to have your procedure? In California you can with the state's map of central-line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), MRSA and VRE.
- Giving back: data for cancer research Giving back: data for cancer research
The “Give A Scan” program is the first to ask lung cancer patients, as well as those at risk, to donate their CT scans and other medical information to an anonymous data base. A pilot program is going national this week.
- Folk Heroism: Lessons from USA Today’s cancer doctor investigation Folk Heroism: Lessons from USA Today’s cancer doctor investigation
Liz Szabo's USA Today story -- Doctor accused of selling false hope to families -- is one of the best medical investigations I have read. Here are a few lessons from the piece.
- HIV-Positive Woman Seeks to Reduce Stigma HIV-Positive Woman Seeks to Reduce Stigma
Once addicted to crack cocaine, Sabrina Heard now works with Women's Collective, a D.C.-based organization that seeks to meet the health needs of low-income women, girls and those living with HIV/AIDS by reducing the barriers to care and st [...]
- Health Media Jobs and Opportunities: Streetsblog, Men's Health and The Merced Sun-Star all are hiring Health Media Jobs and Opportunities: Streetsblog, Men's Health and The Merced Sun-Star all are hiring
Living in Los Angeles or Sacramento? Make sure to check out the Streetsblog journalist openings available in your area.
The Pump Handle
- This year’s flu season and the Dracula cough This year’s flu season and the Dracula cough
An ER nurse's observations about this year's flu season.
- How San Francisco restaurant inspectors help assure workers get paid How San Francisco restaurant inspectors help assure workers get paid
There are few factors that shape a person’s health as strongly and predictably as income. And while enforcing wage and labor laws may at first seem outside the purview of public health agencies, Rajiv Bhatia adamantly disagrees. In fact, he [...]
- Flavoring chemicals may taste yummy but still damaging lungs of workers making food Flavoring chemicals may taste yummy but still damaging lungs of workers making food
A recently published study demonstrates (again) the serious risk to workers' health when exposed to common food-flavoring agents. The risk has been known for more than a decade. It's just another example of our ineffective systems for prote [...]
- Doing the math on Walmart: Average take-home barely covers the basics Doing the math on Walmart: Average take-home barely covers the basics
On the shopping day known as “Black Friday,” activists held protests at Walmart stores across the country to protest the company’s low wages. In one of the eight press releases the company issued in the 24 hours between Thanksgiving Day and [..
- Occupational Health News Roundup Occupational Health News Roundup
The owner of a factory where an explosion killed two workers is convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10-20 years in prison; a reporter investigates deaths of young farmworkers since the Obama administration withdrew its proposed rule [...]