January 3, 2011

In a Dec. 22, 2010 article in The Economist, Arianna Huffington predicts that 2011 will be the “Year of hope 2.0,” in which Americans realize that “our system is too broken to be fixed by politicians operating from within it.”  The solution: We outside of Washington must demand meaningful change and make it …

November 19, 2010

Whatever you think of the outcome, the 2010 elections remind us of the power of the grassroots in American politics. This should not come as a surprise to the public health community:  In her 2007 book Disease Prevention as Social Change, Constance Nathanson wrote, “The strength of [the American system] lies in its citizens’ capacity …

November 5, 2010

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), about 3000 Americans die in home fires every year and thousands more are injured. Home fires are by far the greatest cause of fire deaths and injuries. Children under five and older adults face the highest risk. And anyone who has survived a …

July 19, 2010

The critical issue of preemption is missing from FDA’s recent request for comments on new menu labeling regulations.  Strange, given how important preemption is to the restaurant chains.  (Pre-emption Of State And Local Menu Labeling Laws Good News For Franchise Restaurants) Federal (and state) preemption of smokefree laws has been …