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September 2021 David Rosner,
Epidemics are more than biological events, says David Rosner of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in his latest Milbank Quarterly Opinion. “The ways we react to disease outbreaks are products of our beliefs, our knowledge, our prejudices, and our social and political histories,” Rosner explains. In this new commentary, Rosner explores the broad rejection of smallpox inoculation in 18th century America, its impact on health and life expectancy, and its parallels to today’s resistance to COVID-19 vaccination. More
August 2021 Margo G. Wootan, Angela Amico, Michael F. Jacobson, Cindy Leung, Walter Willett,
This article describes a strategic combination of research, advocacy, corporate campaigns, communications, grassroots mobilization, legislation, regulatory actions, and litigation against companies and government to secure a national policy to remove artificial trans fat from the US food system. More
June 2021 Georges C. Benjamin,
“Another influenza epidemic like that of 1918 is only one of a number of unforeseeable events which might profoundly affect public… More
April 2021 Joshua M. Sharfstein,
In 1988, the Institute of Medicine (now the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine) defined… More
April 2021 Gail R. Wilensky,
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the view was expressed that, without federal direction, states would not have reliable vaccine distribution plans. In… More
March 2021 May CI Van Schalkwyk, Nason Maani, Jonathan Cohen, Martin McKee, Mark Petticrew,
A crisis forces us back to the questions themselves and requires from us either new or old answers, but in any case direct judgment. A crisis becomes… More
March 2021 Daniel M. Walker, Valerie A. Yeager, John Lawrence, Ann Scheck McAlearney,
Context: The novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has highlighted significant barriers in the exchange of essential information between… More
January 2021 Dolly RZ Theis, Martin White,
Context: In England, the majority of adults, and more than a quarter of children aged 2 to 15 years live with obesity or excess weight. From 1992 to… More
October 2020 Sandro Galea,
It is not difficult to feel, these days, that we are living in revolutionary times that demand a re-ordering of the status quo and a re-thinking of… More
August 2020 Ju Nyeong Park, Saba Rouhani, Leo Beletsky, Louise Vincent, Brendan Saloner, Susan Sherman,
Context: Drug overdose is the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. Synthetic opioids, predominantly illicit fentanyl and its… More
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