public health

Behind the Ebola epidemic are issues of basic health care. Combating it involves fairly basic public health measures and education.
September 2, 2014

The "war on drugs" approach to marijuana has had major costs. But the dawning era of legal marijuana presents its own set of public health problems.
July 14, 2014

Eliminating food deserts isn’t enough. The nation’s diet problem calls for sustained community attention--and better federal policy.
May 17, 2012

Christopher Shea highlights a new study that analyzes the effect of U.S. grain and soy subsidies on the American diet. The study's abstract leads with its contrarian, we're-taking-on-Michael-Pollan angle: Many commentators have speculated that agricultural policies have contributed to increased obesity rates in the United States, yet such claims are often made without any analysis of the complex links between real-world farm commodity support programs, prices and consumption of foods, and caloric intake.
March 2, 2012