After one reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant caught fire and exploded in 1986, the whole site was encased in a concrete sarcophagus.
The meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 exposed 572 million people to radiation. No other nuclear accident holds a candle to that level of public health impact.
A parish council's decision to charge parkrunners for using their parks may seem like a storm in a tea cup – but it's an important test case.
People enjoy the green space of parks, but often their activities are of a fairly passive nature.
Parks are found in most neighbourhoods, generally free to use and are enjoyed by diverse groups. Although most visitors don't use parks for physical activity, modest improvements can change that.
Indigenous people have poorer health outcomes than their non-Indigenous counterparts.
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Indigenous people in Australia and New Zealand, despite the distance separating them and varying histories, have one disturbing issue in common: poor health.
There are eight skills that future professionals should develop to work for the good of society.
University graduates have the power to enable dignified lives for others in a society. What skills and qualities do they need for this to happen?
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Dietary changes make a big difference to both people and planet.
Are lax guns laws changing how people interact in the Show-Me State?
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Do guns change the ways that people engage with each other? A gun violence researcher went to Missouri to find out.
The ads are aimed at engaging the girls who enjoy being active but have fallen out of the habit .
Screenshot of the Girls Make Your Move website.
The Girls Make Your Move ads need to be supported by materials that increase girls’ beliefs in their ability and give them tools for planning to be more active.
Sodium chloride – a controversial substance.
It's salt awareness week. so we asked two experts to give their views.
Michigan National Guard members distribute water to a line of residents in their cars in Flint, Michigan.
The Flint water crisis has left people across the country wondering if lead poisoning is a problem in their community. But it's very hard to find out how widespread this problem is.
Flaking lead paint in a home in Muncie, Indiana.
How did lead poisoning become a persistent threat in U.S. cities? Lead paint and slumlords played key roles, but so did postwar housing policies that trapped minorities in crumbling inner cities.
Sorting pupae of genetically modified mosquitoes before release to the wild.
Insecticides and mosquito nets only get you so far. Synthetic biologists are ready to take the battle against mosquito-borne disease to the level of DNA – which might spell the insects’ ultimate doom.
A professor of economics reflects on other outbreaks to get to grips with the likely impacts of Zika.
Disinfecting municipal water systems is complex, but Flint made critical errors that led to the lead poisoning crisis.
Treating municipal water, particularly from rivers, is difficult technically and cash-strapped municipalities like Flint don't always know the latest science.
The University of Michigan-Flint puts experts from academia in the same room as Flint community members, an innovative model for educating the community and forming the public health response.
Flint, Michigan residents couldn’t get answers about their water – so they did their own research.
A new model of citizen-led science is emerging – as in the case of Flint, Michigan's poisoned water. Rather than simply supporting scientists, citizens ask their own questions and set the research agenda.
Up until the 1940s, as much as half of U.S. water piping from main lines was made of lead.
A wake-up call from Flint: the U.S. has made great gains in reducing lead exposure, but the country is still saddled with millions of miles of water-carrying lead pipes.
Public health isn’t a standard part of medical school curricula.
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Today's medical students are tomorrow's doctors, and they need to understand public health to better help their patients.
Treating the sick is not sustainable. We need to stop them getting sick in the first place. So why is the government cutting public health budgets?
Blister-packs of the contraceptive drug Diane-35. In Kenya, millions of women do not have access to contraception methods.
Contraception gives women the choice of how many children to have and when to have them. This empowers them - but millions of women in Kenya do not have this choice.