An introduction to the Public Health Dashboard

This blog accompanies the official release of the Public Health Dashboard and is intended to serve as an introduction to the tool. What is the Public Health Dashboard? The purpose of the Public Health Dashboard (PHD) is to support local decision-making by bringing existing comparative data into one place and making it accessible and meaningful […]

Autoimmune disease and stress: Is there a link? – Harvard Health Blog

A new study has raised the possibility that stress may cause autoimmune disease, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, because it found a higher incidence of autoimmune diseases among people who were previously diagnosed with stress-related disorders. I have patients who heard about this research and are saying, “I knew it!” But before we accept […]

Implementing the Whole Systems Approach to Obesity

Tackling obesity is everyone’s business – there is no single individual, group or organisation that can do this alone. As well as national interventions, to make a real impact on reducing obesity rates we need sustained local actions that bring together a diverse range of stakeholders, both within and outside of local authorities. Whole Systems […]

Angel Perez went crabbing and contracted flesh-eating Vibrio bacteria

Angel Perez contracted a flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing. (Photo courtesy of Perez family.) Angel Perez arrived at the river before sunrise, beating the other crabbers on the hunt at Matt’s Landing in New Jersey, a popular spot to find  crustaceans near where the Maurice River meets the Delaware Bay. It was still morning on July […]

Multigenerational fitness parks – Harvard Health Blog %

Public parks look a lot different than they did just a decade ago. Sure, you’ll find swings and seesaws, but today they’re bigger, sturdier, and more ergonomically designed. And they’re often paired with colorful outdoor exercise equipment, making play at multigenerational fitness parks a great workout for kids of all ages, even parents and grandparents. […]

Kalea and Noah Avery: Brother and sister were diagnosed with the same brain tumor less than two weeks apart

Four-year-old Noah Avery, left, and his 6-year-old sister, Kalea. (Courtesy of Avery family) Just weeks after their 6-year-old daughter started complaining about severe headaches, after numerous doctors’ appointments and desperate trips to the emergency room — and after doctors discovered a brain tumor and took it out — it was happening all over again. Duncan and […]