The Food Stamp Vaccine

What if there were a vaccine against the harmful effects of hunger? According to researchers at Children’s HealthWatch, there is. But these vaccines aren’t shots or sprays. They’re food stamps.

Unlike other vaccines, these certainly aren’t a high priority …

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How the War on Drugs Punishes Those Who Suffer

The disparity in available pain medicine between rich and poor countries is the most pronounced health inequity in the world, says Amir Attaran, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Law, Population Health and Global Development Policy at the University …

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The Gun Violence Epidemic

Violence breaks down communities. But, often, these communities are already broken down by poverty, joblessness, and inequality. When violence breaks out, people – and businesses – don’t want to move in. That means there are more school closings, more …

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What Is the Health Impact of Fracking?

Does fracking impact health? It’s a question that some want to answer before projects begin. After all, we know pipelines have caused massive damage before. Since 1993, there have been 5,613 significant pipeline incidents that cut short 367 lives. Ten …

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More Treatment, Less War: The White House Drug Policy Reform

Many people who want substance abuse treatment can’t get it. The White House wants to fix this. Can they do it, and will it help?

On Wednesday, April 24, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) released

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How Discrimination Links Lives Together

Recently, I wrote a piece for The Atlantic on how racism is bad for the body. For the bulk of the essay, I discuss how racism harms a single person’s health directly – and I link public health research …

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The Public Health Problem of Anti-LGBT Bullying

Bullying of LGBT teens is a serious public health problem. To address it, we must start with legislation to overhaul school environments. Only fourteen states specifically protect LGBT students from bullying. And there is no federal law. But two bills …

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Beyond Crime and Punishment

 

We have a problem, you know, and it’s only getting worse. It doesn’t strike us equally – it’s a problem that mostly affects young men, minorities, and people without high school diplomas. It’s worse in the US than …

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Race – and Place – Matters for Health

A child is born in the United States. How much information do you need to predict her future health? To predict if she will enjoy a healthy life? If she will die an early death?

One important piece of information …

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