Monday, January 30, 2012
I was in my second year of college the first time someone I knew died in a motorcycle accident. That day, the world had lost not only a fun and endearing guy, but also a child prodigy and medical pioneer. Derek Jacobs, at age 12, had been certified by Microsoft as a systems engineer, qualified to run corporate computer networks. He died at 18.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Denying educational access to HIV-positive students is prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), but a recent case challenges the reach of the ADA. Last fall, a private boarding school in Hershey, Pennsylvania, denied admission to a 13-year-old, HIV-positive boy citing the risk of inter-student, unprotected sexual activity.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I am always a little puzzled when I hear organic foods trumpeted as a good personal choice without a corresponding call for policies to make it easier for farmers to grow organic foods. For example, the President’s 2010 Cancer Panel report on reducing environmental cancer risks recommended that, to the extent possible, individuals choose foods grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers and free-range meat.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
A number of states now permit philosophical or personal belief exemptions for childhood vaccinations. While medical and religious exceptions are common practice across the country, philosophical belief exemptions have only recently begun gaining legal traction.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) are excellent opportunities for local health departments to enter into or bolster partnerships with nonprofit hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers. In the Quad Cities (Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa; Rock Island and Moline, Illinois), this relationship is flourishing, in part due to an IRS requirement stemming from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Substance use disorder (SUD) includes not only the disease often referred to as “addiction” but also the conditions of substance abuse and substance dependence. Left untreated, SUD can lead to a number of serious public health problems. As a recent blog post noted, drug overdose is now the second leading cause of injury death in the United States.