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Policy, Politics, + Pop Health

These posts look at health in the context of the countries, states, cities, and areas we live in – where policy, politics, and population health science has an impact on the health of our families.

Learning the Hard Way: My Journey from #AntiVaxx to Science

By April 8, 2015 158 Comments
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I’m writing this from quarantine, the irony of which isn’t lost on me. Emotionally I’m a bit raw. Mentally a bit taxed. Physically I’m fine.  All seven of my unvaccinated children have whooping cough, and the kicker is that they may have given it to my five month old niece, too young to be fully […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health


The Measles Drives Immunization Rates Up, but Whooping Cough Doesn’t Have the Same Effect in Washington State

By April 2, 2015 1 Comment
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On March 31, a prisoner escaped from a hospital about two miles from our house. He fired off a shot at police while he made his escape, and carjacked two individuals causing one car crash. The words, “armed and dangerous” and “area lock down” are not words that generally make the public feel safe, even after evidence […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health


Accidental Medication Overdoses: the Pediatric Case for U.S. Metric Conversion

By April 1, 2015 3 Comments
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When I encounter something that interests me, I tend to intensely focus on that subject and try to master the basics as soon as possible. Though I don’t consider myself “domestic” per se (since when does cooking and organizing within my home make me of the non-exotic/wild/free spirit variety? I have to eat and survive, […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health


H7N9 Might Be The Next Pandemic, But It Might Not

By March 20, 2015 No Comments
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Remember that wordless scene at the end of Steven Soderbergh’s thriller, Contagion? The setting was a remote jungle, and the only actors on screen were two animals: a bat and a pig. In the chain of disease transmission, humans are only one or two links away from contracting seemingly distant zoonotic (from animals) viruses. Due […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health


Hey Huffington Post! Tuberculosis is Serious, but it isn’t the Plague…

By March 19, 2015 No Comments
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There are very few things that set me ablaze quite like overly dramatic journalism or people chewing loudly with their mouths open. As a recovering journalist and longtime health policy and communications junkie, I shake my fist heavenward when I see articles with poorly chosen graphics like this recent Huffington Post piece on the Tuberculosis […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health


What We Could Learn From Sweden

By February 19, 2015 No Comments
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  I recently listened to a radio interview comparing Sweden to the US with regard to vaccination rates. I should emphasize the fact that the two countries share very little in common when it comes to healthcare, which naturally informs the average citizen about their medical choices BUT one detail stood out to me. Herd […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health


What I Want You To Know: My Son’s Life Depends on Community Immunity

By February 11, 2015 1 Comment
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Most 15 year old girls are more interested in boys or music than how deep their science high school coursework is. And while I was also interested in boys and music, I remember asking my dad for a more challenging high school science course when I was 15. My dad, who has a degree in […]

Categories: Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health