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Howard Markel, Editor-in-Chief          Christopher F. Koller, Publisher
Tara Strome, Assistant Managing Editor

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From the Editor-in-Chief | March 2015
Give 'Em Health Harry

As we approach the fifth anniversary, in March, of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, and, in July, the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Medicare and Medicaid Act, we are reminded that President Lyon Baines Johnson, when he signed into law those two important federal health programs, called Harry Truman, "the real daddy of Medicare."

By Howard Markel

March 2015
The Op-Eds

Our op-ed section features some of the best minds currently working to improve the public's health. In this issue, they take on issues ranging from the increasing and important role of women in delivering health care, the pitfalls of health care lobbyists, and the future of the community health centers program.


Original Investigation | March 2015
Benefits Gained, Benefits Lost: Comparing Baby Boomers to Other Generations in a Longitudinal Cohort Study of Self-Rated Health

We hear all the time that "60 is the new 40." But are today’s baby boomers really healthier than their counterparts in other generations? This study, which analyzes the Canadian Longitudinal National Population Health Survey—suggests that they are not likely to be healthier than other generations.

By Elizabeth M Badley, Mayilee Canizares, Anthony V. Perruccio, Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Monique A.M. Gignac

Original Investigation | March 2015
The Role of Parents in Public Views of Strategies to Address Childhood Obesity in the United States

This study finds that the American public—both men and women and those with and without children—holds parents highly responsible and largely to blame for childhood obesity. Despite high attributions of responsibility, there was support for broad policy actions, particularly school-based obesity prevention policies.

By Julia A. Wolfson, Sarah E. Gollust, Jeff Niederdeppe, Colleen L. Barry