Optimizing CPR

An article in today’s New York Times reminds us that the quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation varies widely region-to-region in the US. As a result, survival rates after cardiac arrest also vary widely. Although advances in CPR research are ongoing, their adoption by citizens and providers vary by location. The best evidence is synthesized every 5 years by the American Heart Association (AHA),Continue reading “Optimizing CPR”

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Football and head injury in youth

Today’s NY Times op ed from pathologist Bemmet Omalu “Don’t Let Kids Play Football”, compares the sport to public health menaces including tobacco smoke, asbestos and fetal alcohol exposure.  The stance he takes is far more extreme than even the American Academy of Pediatrics’ position on tackle football among youth, which reviewed the evidence andContinue reading “Football and head injury in youth”

The bitter truth about Coke-funded “research”

The Coca-Cola Company is retreating from the research program it has funded in an effort to distract consumers from the role of sugary soft drinks in obesity and associated morbidity and mortality.  Emails released by the Associated Press show some of the role Coca-Cola took in shaping the Global Energy Research Network’s research agenda. Last month my academic setting, theContinue reading “The bitter truth about Coke-funded “research””

Mass shootings as a public health issue

I agree with the New York Times editorial board’s response to the most recent mass shootings, as well as Ronald Reagan–that these atrocities–atrocities that occur more than once daily in this country–are not beyond the power of government and politicians to stop.  Times columnist Nicholas Kristof points out that we urgently need to develop public health policies that focus notContinue reading “Mass shootings as a public health issue”

Breastfeeding Improves Maternal Health Outcomes

Although studies of the benefits of breastfeeding to the child and the maternal-child bond abound, increasing data, such as that highlighted in this New York Times article, shows the benefits to breastfeeding moms as well.  This summarizes some of the recent findings about improved outcomes related to breast cancer and Type II diabetes.