public health

Why some doctors are prescribing a day in the park or a walk on the beach for good health

Why some doctors are prescribing a day in the park or a walk on the beach for good health

Taking a walk on a wooded path, spending an afternoon in a public park, harvesting your backyard garden and even looking at beautiful pictures of Hawaii can all make us feel good. Certainly, for many of us, it’s beneficial to have time outside in natural environments.

The science behind the Flint water crisis: corrosion of pipes, erosion of trust

The science behind the Flint water crisis: corrosion of pipes, erosion of trust

Flint’s recent water crisis is a stinging reminder that the infrastructure we often take for granted has many vulnerabilities. The crisis also underscores the complexity of providing communities with safe, high-quality potable water.

If we want medicine to be evidence-based, what should we think when the evidence doesn’t agree?

If we want medicine to be evidence-based, what should we think when the evidence doesn’t agree?

To understand if a new treatment for an illness is really better than older treatments, doctors and researchers look to the best available evidence. Health professionals want a “last word” in evidence to settle questions about what the best modes of treatment are.