May 04, 2009
A panel of international scientists is calling for stronger efforts to reduce exposure to DDT in areas where it is still used and in areas where significant contamination remains.
Based on recent studies that show a link between DDT and human health, the panel urges more understanding of the health effects of exposure to the pesticide as well as development of alternatives to using it to control malaria. Scientists from the Oakland-based Public Health Institute (PHI) and University of California at Berkeley (UCB) along with several researchers from African nations expressed their concerns about DDT, following a review of nearly 500 epidemiological studies published online today in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. more
April 20, 2009Carol Woltring, a longtime public health leader and program director at the Public Health Institute (PHI), has been awarded the National Leadership Development Network's top honor.The Balderson Lifetime Public Health Leadership Award recognizes extraordinary contributions to the field of public health throughout a long career. Woltring is being honored for... more
April 06, 2009
"Seventy-five cents of every health care dollar is spent battling chronic disease, and the major factors causing them are smoking, poor diet and inactivity. But California's fight against tobacco demonstrated that changing the environment to emphasize well-executed prevention and wellness strategies can turn unhealthy trends around," Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, said in comments following the Western Regional White House Forum on Health Care Reform today.
"Prevention and wellness must be a pillar in any effort to reform the health system," more
February 01, 2009
A virus connected to human stillborn babies may impact an affected woman's subsequent pregnancies and cause defects in the developing nervous system, according to recent studies published in the science journal Birth Defects Research.
Prepared by researchers at the California-based Public Health Institute and the Swedish research organization Apodemus, the series of three peer-reviewed journal articles sheds new light on the causes of stillbirth, which can cause tremendous sorrow and confusion among families affected. It also adds to a growing body of knowledge about the Ljungan (pronounced "yoon-gun") virus, which was first isolated in Swedish field mice following an investigation into the sudden deaths of several young Swedish athletes in the 1990s. more
January 12, 2009
The Public Health Institute has elected three new members to its board of directors: Frederick A. Hessler, John G. O'Brien and Kimberlydawn Wisdom. They joined the board on January 1, 2009.
Hessler is the managing director of Citigroup's health care group; O'Brien is president and chief executive officer of UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc., central New England's largest not-for-profit health care system; Wisdom is Michigan's first surgeon general. more