Public Health

Polluted air and rivers have acute local health effects and changing rainfall and temperature patterns cause global disruptions in supplies of food and clean water. Learn what is being done to mitigate the impact.

Miriam's Kitchen is changing soup kitchen culture.
Miriam's Kitchen is changing soup kitchen culture.
The George Washington University
Soup Kitchens traditionally just feed their guests, but Miriam's Kitchen has taken significant steps in helping the homeless beyond just food.

Human umbilical vein endothelial cells. (The Journal of Cell Biology/Flickr)

Northwestern University
Biological engineers are using stem cells to study the way cells interact and form unique structures on their own, hoping to one day utilize the biotechnology to create machine-like "hyper organs" and cell-based implants.
Girl playing game
George Washington University
A community scrambles as a school sinks into the water.
Diagnosis: Diabetes. Prescription: Vegetables.
Diagnosis: Diabetes. Prescription: Vegetables.
The George Washington University
The Fruit and Vegetable Prescription program is an innovative way of treating diet related illnesses that empowers farmers, doctors and people to eat healthier and adopt a lifestyle change that treats the illness at its core.

(Tulane Public Relations/Wikimedia Commons)

American University School of Communication
Square Roots is bringing indoor farming to a city center near you. Learn how this project is bridging gaps in the food system and how you can join its team.

A pneumoniae bacterium inside a mouse lung. (The Journal of Cell Biology/Flickr)

Northwestern University
While the media have done some collective soul-searching after Donald Trump was elected president, attempting to answer the question, "How did we get here?" One possibility that we’ve all failed to recognize is biology. 
University of Wisconsin - Madison
In the third episode of Sciencecast, we talk with Dr. Jonathan Patz, director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and explore the relationship between climate change and health issues around the world.

Photo: Kid Power DC

American University School of Communication
Urban gardening could be the next step in tackling conflicts with public health in the DMV and its food delivery system.
Food Insecurity in America
Digital Media Producer, Planet Forward
Food insecurity — where access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources — is a bigger problem in the U.S. than you may think. 
Planet Forward Intern/Marymount University
"Silent Spring,” the book that led to the eruption of environmentalism in the ’60s and resulted in a government ban of the pesticide DDT, is widely remembered as having a deep impact on America. 

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