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Tomás Aragón What do zombies, body snatchers, and the tobacco industry have in common?

Answer: Everything — they are one in the same!

I recently spoke to my daughter’s 7th grade science class on the dangers of smoking cigarettes and electronic cigarettes. Of course, I had to come up with a metaphor that would capture their attention — and tell a story — ZOMBIES!

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Richard Scheffler Covered California: The Foundation of Obamacare, Success, Challenges, And The Road Ahead

As the end of the open enrollment period on March 31 draws near, the Covered California state health insurance exchange is engaged in a final push for enrollees that will bring it beyond its baseline enrollment goals, launching a new advertising campaign and resolving application issues caused by a software … More >

Claude Fischer Public health

The health of the American people has risen and fallen with fluctuations in the health of its poorest. Although more vulnerable in the past, the affluent have generally managed, major epidemics aside, to stay healthier than other Americans. Going back centuries, they regularly had nutritious food, usually clean water, decent … More >

Tomás Aragón How the “Flu Blacklist” Explains Why the 2013-2014 Flu Season is Deadly

In my professional role, I am interviewed by the media to explain why this flu season is so “deadly.” I have a more mathematical explanation here (which is challenging to simplify). However, Rob Roth from KTVU Channel 2 interviewed me and suggested the term “susceptible list” to describe the people … More >

Tomás Aragón Sugar MADNESS: How metabolic syndrome drives obesity and what you can do about it

Sugar consumption, especially from sugary drinks, is the single largest and preventable contributor to the global epidemic of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and unhealthy weight gain.

Fructose is the part of “sugar” that is the culprit. Fructose in liquid form is worse! Fructose is metabolized by the … More >

Kyle Kurpinski For a winning health care system, lab advances must be translated into clinical solutions

Universal access to affordable, high-quality health care requires not only advances in science, technology, policy, and clinical services, but also more effective translation of technological innovations into the marketplace. To cross the gap from lab bench to patient bedside, innovators must deal with issues of product development, technology management, market … More >

Malcolm Potts “Why were you destroying government property in Afghanistan?”

I first went to Afghanistan in December 1969. I still remember the bitter cold. USAID had begun to invest in family planning and an American gynecologist had been assigned to the US embassy in Kabul to start a program. He was who had invented a new experimental  intrauterine device. It looked … More >

Christine Carter Would working less make you happier?

Are you caught in a “Time Bind”— where you feel like you don’t have enough time to get your work done AND spend time with your children and spouse AND take care of your own basic needs?

Sociologists have been very excited about a “natural experiment” occurring in Korea. In 2004, … More >

Malcolm Potts This telegram will arrive tomorrow

The Poverty and Population class I co-teach emphasizes the many unnecessary and unjustified barriers that prevent women having access to the contraceptives they need.  Sometimes overcoming these barriers needs courage.

In 1974 had the privilege of working with my Thai friend Mechai Viravaidya to launch a community-based distribution of oral contraceptives … More >

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