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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, Inaugurated, Addresses Domestic Violence

April 23, 2015
Vivek Murthy, MD, sworn in as the nation's 19th Surgeon General, calls for a Great American Community focused on pedestrian lifestyles, smoke-free campuses, mental health awareness, and citizen involvement to end domestic violence.

Blue Bell Recalls are a Public Health Wake-Up Call

April 21, 2015
Blue Bell creamery has suffered a series of brain freeze-level headaches this spring. For the first time ever, the Texas-based company is voluntarily recalling all of its ice cream products from the market after being linked to three food-illness-related deaths. Lysteria bacteria contaminated ice...
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Sheila Kitzinger: An Appreciation

April 19, 2015
“I believe that our concern must be for pregnant women everywhere, and especially for those who suffer most deprivation and who are denied their liberty.” — Sheila Kitzinger, 1997 Sheila Kitzinger, whose pioneering research and activism on behalf of woman-centered childbirth helped to transform...
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Head Smacker: House Gives Millions of Dollars More to Wealthiest 5,000 Families

April 17, 2015
By repealing the estate tax, the House is giving millions to the wealthy and adding billions to the deficit, instead of helping those who need it most.
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Why I'm glad to pay my taxes

April 17, 2015
This week found my husband and I scrambling to make sure we had all of our I’s dotted and our T’s crossed as we hurried to make sure we had our taxes filed on time. As he sat watching us from the couch, my almost ten-year old remarked about what a bummer it is to have to pay taxes. His sister...
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Two Years After West Disaster, Are Communities Any Safer?

April 17, 2015
Two years ago today (April 17th, 2013), a fertilizer plant explosion devastated West, Texas. Fifteen people died, including 12 volunteer firefighters. The blast demolished an apartment building and nursing home, and damaged three nearby schools. In the two years since, there have been over 350...
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The Hidden Facts of Tax Day

April 15, 2015
Today is Tax Day, and millions of Americans are trying to get their taxes doen before the deadline. As you send in that check to the IRS or eagerly await your tax refund, have you stopped to think about what the federal government is doing with that money? Many Americans don’t, and for good reason...
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Are You in a Vulnerability Zone?

April 14, 2015
My apartment in central Denver is charming, slightly overpriced, and within walking distance of shops, parks, and... chemical facilities. I wasn't expecting that. I'm also not unique. Over 100 million Americans live around dangerous chemical plants and refineries. We live, work, play, and go to...
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Proposed Congressional Cuts to Nutrition Assistance Would Cost Jobs

April 14, 2015
This week, the House will vote on a measure to repeal the estate tax, which would shower the wealthiest 0.2 percent of estates in the country with an average tax cut of $2.5 million. Meanwhile, the House has already passed a budget proposal that would convert the nation’s bedrock nutrition...
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Helping Our Kids Choose Health Now, And as Adults

April 9, 2015
Right now, we’re celebrating National Public Health Week , which is focused on how we can become the healthiest nation possible by 2030. Fifteen years from now, my daughter will be beginning her adult life—that feels like a long way off, but it’ll be here before I know it. As a public health...
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