Time spent outdoors makes us happier and healthier – and 'synthetic nature' may be able to replicate some of the effect.
Public health double whammy?
Improved autonomous vehicle technology could reduce the tens of thousands of annual U.S. deaths due to human error behind the wheel. Are driverless cars the next big public health intervention?
Face masks like these, modeled by students from the Peltier Aerosol Lab, vary widely in effectiveness against fine particle pollution.
Richard E. Peltier
Inexpensive cloth face masks, worn by many people in heavily polluted countries, offer only partial protection. Instead governments should warn people to avoid exposure and work to clear the air.
A woman looks at a CDC health advisory sign about Zika at Miami International Airport
Politics, not epidemiology or medicine, drives government responses to disease. Politicians are the ultimate decision-makers in public health, and they must respond to political forces.
Health studies in Pennsylvania show links between some health problems and local fracking activity.
Three studies find higher rate of health issues for people who live near large or many fracked natural gas well sites.
We want to ensure we are not setting insurmountable physical activity recommendations.
Recent reports claiming we need to do five times more exercise than we previously thought are incorrect. Current physical activity guidelines are enough to achieve health benefits.
Universities, journals and academics are increasingly concerned about the attempts of some industries to distort the science.
A tin pot dictator plunders billions from his blighted nation’s treasury. Sensing he’ll soon be exiled, amid public relations fanfare, he offers ill-gotten millions to a local university for a new school…
India's prime minister won a landslide victory promising to improve his people's lives. There's a very long way to go.
The drug Truvada is used for PrEP treatment.
A judge has found that NHS England cannot reasonably refuse to fund anti-HIV drugs for gay men. This is a major step forward.
GMOs may very well have filled up that syringe.
Syringe image via www.shutterstock.com
Public health experts enlist the molecular biology tools that create genetically modified organisms – as well as the GMOs themselves – in the fight against emerging infectious diseases.
Piccadilly Circus in smog, 1952.
Data from London's Great Smog of 1952 show that air pollution exposure in early life leads to striking increases in asthma rates. Millions in the developing world face similar risks today.
Jefferson County Sheriff Cadet Andrew Sevitts directs traffic as police stop drivers to see if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol at a mobile Driving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoint in Golden, Colorado in 2008.
Research suggests lower blood alcohol concentration limits and interventions like ignition interlocks can make a big difference.
In addition to a shortage of public toilets, current innovations in their design may not be suitable for an ageing population.
AAP/City of Sydney
Millions of people need to be confident that suitable public toilets will be available when they leave their homes. A shortage of such facilities is a serious problem for an ageing population.
Futile: the head of UNAIDS opens this year’s High-Level Meeting.
Enough tiptoeing around: without ending state discrimination, we have little hope of stopping HIV and AIDS.
First minister Nicola Sturgeon and deputy John Swinney.
Scotland remains sick man of Europe despite devolution. Here's what is going wrong.
Men and women living in areas of highest socioeconomic disadvantage have a 29% higher risk of being obese.
The government's focus on treating chronic disease neglects the importance of obesity and the benefits of preventive health measures tailored to gender and socioeconomic circumstances.
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.
Clive Hyde/Northern Territory Government
Indigenous people in Australia and New Zealand, despite the distance separating them and varying histories, have one disturbing issue in common: poor health.