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There's a lot we don't yet know about the Zika virus. Our experts help sort out fact, fiction, and the unknown: http://bit.ly/1SDa2CO
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How Google Street View is helping researchers pinpoint NYC's most dangerous intersections for pedestrians - and how to improve them: http://bit.ly/1OJqcFS
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Congratulations, Professor Ian Lipkin! Today he received China’s top science honor for foreign scientists, the International Science and Technology Cooperation Award.
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Our changing climate has serious consequences for human health. Today in Paris as part of COP21, we're co-hosting an event with +The White House to spotlight the health impacts of climate change and explore potential collaborations between nations to promote research partnerships, student exchange, the translation of science into policy, and more. #EarthToParis

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At long last, Sierra Leone is now Ebola-free. What route did the deadly outbreak take through the country? A new computer model maps it out: http://bit.ly/1WMMcsy
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“We need to build an understanding that we can create the conditions for health — if we work together. When voters hear the word ‘health’ they’ll think, not of doctors and disease, but of walkable neighborhoods, bustling, affordable farmers’ markets, and energy-efficient, healthy homes.” - Dean Linda P. Fried
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What happens when older adults stop driving? A new study shows a decline in health: http://bit.ly/1Vo3XJI
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Young children living in deep poverty (family income below 50% of the federal poverty line) have a higher risk of poor health and development, according to a new study by the National Center for Children in Poverty. Read more: http://bit.ly/1P11eqW
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There's no better way to put the "public" in public health than through pop culture. Check out how TV helped to tackle important issues in 2015:
There’s no better way to put the “public” in public health than through popular culture. Reaching millions of people is more than just PSAs: integrating health-related stories into television, movies, music, and radio is a tried and true method of communicating key messages to a mass audience.
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My dear friends, students, and colleagues,

I write with distressing news about a member of our extended family. Yesterday, Anita Ashok Datar Garten, a 2003 graduate of the Mailman School, was killed in Mali when armed insurrectionists stormed a hotel in the capital city of Bamako.

Anita was an exemplary global citizen, a Peace Corps volunteer who came to the Mailman School after service in Senegal, and a tireless advocate for women’s health and social justice. She was in Mali as a representative of Palladium, strengthening health infrastructure in an impoverished country, and was a Board member of Tulalens, which she co-founded, to better inform low-income women in India about higher quality healthcare options.

The nature of public health sends its practitioners all over the globe to help create a safer, healthier, and more just world. Some of those circumstances are ones of great instability. Thousands of Mailman alumni live as Anita did, sacrificing time with her family to serve where her insight was urgently needed to improve health and counterbalance the persistent poverty under which many of the world’s populations suffer.

Most of us were not lucky enough to have known Anita, though I am hopeful details of her years at Mailman and her career will come to light in the coming days. Until then I am comforted to imagine her capacity, deployed so productively and for so many years, as an exemplar for us all.

Sincerely,
Linda P. Fried
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What treatment program works best for children with HIV? A new study led by Prof. Louise Kuhn evaluated the options.

https://www.mailman.columbia.edu/public-health-now/news/study-shows-effectiveness-switching-antiretroviral-therapy-hiv-infected
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1 in 7 adults are severely obese - and it's costing the health care system a lot. In 2013, overall medical costs for obesity-related health issues reached an estimated $69 billion.

https://www.mailman.columbia.edu/public-health-now/news/severe-obesity-costs-medicaid-8-billion-annually-and-rising
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Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health pursues an agenda of research, education, and service to address the critical and complex public health issues affecting New Yorkers, the nation, and the world.
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Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health addresses critical public health challenges through innovative science, education, and leadership.