Public Health

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Living Near Foreclosed Property Is Linked to Elevated Blood Pressure

Researchers say lender-owned foreclosures could be causing neighbors too much stress.  

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How E-ZPass Lanes Could Make Premature Births Less Common

The automated tolls cut down on air pollution, which in turn improves the health of pregnant women.

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Want a Healthier City? Prescribe Biking

In Boston, a new program empowers doctors to give low-income patients a cheap bike-share membership.

Finally, Clothing Designed to Stop the Spread of Germs on Public Transit

Antimicrobial elbow patches, jackets with high collars, pole gloves — it's all here.

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In Mexico, a City's Scar Becomes its Most Prized Park

A case study in urban renewal.

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The Long Regulatory Road to America's First Cat Cafe

Pending a whole lot of permits, one could open in San Francisco this summer.

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The Extent of America's (Totally Unnecessary) Whooping Cough Outbreak

The stateside spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, in one map. 

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Think Twice Before Asking Police to Deal With the Mentally Ill

"What cops do is arrest people. If you don’t want to be arrested, you probably shouldn’t call the police."

This Chilling Ad Might Scare You Into Driving Slower

A powerful video dramatizes the consequences of careless driving.

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We Don't Know Nearly As Much About the Link Between Public Health and Urban Planning As We Think We Do

Car culture may not be making us sick. Cities aren't necessarily healthier than suburbs.

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Bloomberg Plans to Give Out Free Advice on How to Copy Him

The outgoing New York mayor ramps up "Bloomberg Associates," a free consulting group for any city that will listen.

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The Radical Case for Bloomberg's 'Nanny' State

Is government intrusion into what we eat, drink, and smoke the future of public health?

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The Most Widespread Environmental Carcinogen? The Air We Breathe

A ground-breaking new report finds that air pollution – not any one contaminant – is the "leading environmental cause of cancer deaths."

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The Neighborhood Data Portal Every City Needs

Los Angeles rolls out interactive neighborhood health profiles covering everything from crime stats to obesity rates.

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What We Can Do About Kids Killed by Cars

In the 1970s, the Dutch launched an effort to "stop the child murder" by drivers. Could the U.S. do the same?

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The New Demographics of Anti-Smoking Campaigns

In many places in the U.S., the population is getting older and younger at the same time. And that has big implications for public health.

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A Reminder That Giving Drug Addicts Free Clean Needles Is Worth Every Penny

Helping people get high safely is a lot cheaper than treating them for HIV. 

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A Search for the Brands of Beer Most Likely to Land You in the E.R.

Four malt liquors accounted for nearly half of all alcohol-related emergency-room patients in Baltimore.

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No Kids Allowed: How Our Street Design Is Killing Play

Somehow, we find ourselves living in a world where children outside is a nuisance.