Category Archives: Public health

Hungry for weight loss: Challenges and hope in the battle against obesity #AHCJ16

Melinda Hemmelgarn

About Melinda Hemmelgarn

Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D., is an award-winning writer, speaker and radio host specializing in food, health and nutrition. She works to help consumers understand how daily food choices affect personal health and our global environment.

Photo: Melinda HemmelgarnCarolyn E. levers-Landis, Ph.D., and Bartolome Burguera, M.D., Ph.D.

Photo: Melinda HemmelgarnCarolyn E. levers-Landis, Ph.D., and Bartolome Burguera, M.D., Ph.D.

As a registered dietitian who has studied obesity prevention and treatment for more than three decades, I was intrigued by the Health Journalism 2016 session titled: “Science: Breaking Down Obesity.”

The panel featured endocrinologist, Bartolome Burguera, M.D., Ph.D., director of obesity programs at the Cleveland Clinic, and licensed clinical psychologist, Carolyn E. Ievers-Landis, Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Abe Aboraya, health reporter with WMFE-Orlando, moderated. Continue reading

Murthy to release first surgeon general report on substance abuse, addiction and health #AHCJ16

Judith Graham

About Judith Graham

Judith Graham (@judith_graham), is a freelance journalist based in Denver and former topic leader on aging for AHCJ. She haswritten for the New York Times, Kaiser Health News, the Washington Post, the Journal of the American Medical Association, STAT News, the Chicago Tribune, and other publications.

Photo/Deborah Crowe/AHCJVivek Murthy, M.D., spoke at Health Journalism 2016

Photo: Deborah Crowe/AHCJVivek Murthy, M.D., spoke at Health Journalism 2016.

Everywhere he travels, Vivek Murthy, M.D., surgeon general of the United States, hears a similar plea from families.

Do something about the drugs ruining our communities and our families. Help us fight the opioid epidemic.

On Saturday, at the awards luncheon attended by hundreds of AHCJ members at Health Journalism 2016, Murthy promised to respond by mobilizing the medical community and issuing the first surgeon general’s report on substance abuse, addiction and health later this year. Continue reading

Water quality issues ripple beyond crisis in Flint

Susan Heavey

About Susan Heavey

Susan Heavey, (@susanheavey) a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on social determinants of health and curates related material at healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on resources and tip sheets at susan@healthjournalism.org.

Photo: A Morning run... via photopin (license)U.S. cities beyond Flint, Michigan, are taking a closer look at their water quality as communities from Maine to California face challenges, tests.

Photo: A Morning run… via photopin (license)U.S. cities beyond Flint, Michigan, are taking a closer look at their water quality as communities from Maine to California face challenges, tests.

“The problem with lead is that it’s now really everywhere.”

That’s what David Rosner, author of “Lead Wars,” told NPR in a recent interview.

In the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, concerns over lead and water have expanded beyond the Detroit suburb. From Maine and Iowa to California and elsewhere, citizens, officials and news media are turning their attention to water quality issues. Continue reading

#AHCJ16 roundtable to discuss the landscape of urban health challenges

Susan Heavey

About Susan Heavey

Susan Heavey, (@susanheavey) a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on social determinants of health and curates related material at healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on resources and tip sheets at susan@healthjournalism.org.

Cleveland March # 49 via photopin (license)#AHCJ16 in Cleveland includes a key discussion with the top health leaders from Cleveland, Baltimore and St. Louis on cities’ health challenges, one of several sessions looking at health disparities.

Cleveland March # 49 via photopin (license)#AHCJ16 in Cleveland includes a key discussion with the top health leaders from Cleveland, Baltimore and St. Louis on cities’ health challenges, one of several sessions looking at health disparities.

There’s no shortage of good panels at this week’s Health Journalism 2016 in Cleveland, especially for reporters interested in social factors that impact health. I’m particularly excited about an opening day roundtable discussion with top health officials from Baltimore, St. Louis and Cleveland that will focus on urban health challenges.

Before you join us at “Covering the health angles of cities facing crisis,” which runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, here’s a quick look at recent coverage of some of the major health issues in each city: Continue reading

Backers of water fluoridation get boost from Calgary studies

Mary Otto

About Mary Otto

Mary Otto, a Washington, D.C.-based freelancer, is AHCJ's topic leader on oral health, curating related material at healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on oral health resources at mary@healthjournalism.org.

Tooth decay rates among children in Calgary, Canada have spiked in recent years.

The authors of two newly published studies say they suspect a decision by Calgary officials to discontinue the city’s water fluoridation program in 2011 could be to blame. Continue reading