Why Our Kids Are Coming in Last Place

Why Our Kids Are Coming in Last Place

The United States, anyone could reasonably argue, has the most accomplished elite athletes in the world. The best evidence? In Rio this past summer, young American men and women finished at a comfortable first place in the Olympic final medal tally. But what if we...
The Death Gap is Widening With the Wealth Gap

The Death Gap is Widening With the Wealth Gap

Rich people live longer than poor people. No big news there — we’ve known that health tracks wealth for quite some time now. But here’s what we haven’t known: The life-expectancy gap between rich and poor in the United States is actually accelerating. Since 2001,...
What’s the cause for despair among white, middle-aged men?

What’s the cause for despair among white, middle-aged men?

Americans live longer today than we used to live, sometimes a lot longer. Just over 32,000 centenarians called the United States home in 1980. In 2010, we had more than 53,000 Americans in triple digits. This trend line — longer and longer lives for more and more...
22nd Annual California State Africa/ Diaspora Conference

22nd Annual California State Africa/ Diaspora Conference

FPIF Co-director Emira Woods gives keynote address at the 22nd Annual California State Africa/ Diaspora Conference. The conference is sponsored by CSUS’ Center for African Peace & Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) in collaboration with the California Black Health...
Our Ruinous Game

Our Ruinous Game

The apparent suicide of Junior Seau, the former NFL superstar linebacker, has again raised the age-old question: “Is playing football dangerous, as in potentially lethal?” Let me think about that. You’ve got a sport where 240-pound people are paid to...
Coal Smoke and Planetary Fever

Coal Smoke and Planetary Fever

I recently returned to my childhood home in India with my siblings for a final walk down memory lane with my elderly mother. As expected, it was a powerfully emotional experience. But in ways unexpected, it brought home to me how our planetary fever — climate...
The Under-Examined Story of Fallujah

The Under-Examined Story of Fallujah

Seven years after the U.S. invasion of Fallujah, there are reports of an alarming rise in the rates of birth defects and cancer. But the crisis, and its possible connection to weapons deployed by the United States during the war, remains woefully under-examined. On...

Key Hand Sanitizer Ingredient May Cause More Harm than Good

Every year, U.S. consumers spend an estimated $1 billion on household and personal care products to shield themselves from a host of unseen germs. Yet many items marketed for their so-called “anti-bacterial” properties contain an ingredient perhaps more...
War Is Not Good For You

War Is Not Good For You

Back in the 1960s, peace activists sported a bumper sticker that read: “War is not good for children and other living creatures.” In a way, that sums up Barry S. Levy and Victor W. Sidel’s War and Public Health, where 46 experts on everything from...
G-20:  Take Action on Financial Transaction Taxes

G-20: Take Action on Financial Transaction Taxes

This statement, endorsed by more than 183 civil society organizations in 42 countries, urges G-20 leaders to take action to adopt financial transactions taxes. These organizations have long advocated that such taxes are a practical way to generate revenues needed to...

What We’ve Done to Others

Like most people, we Americans remember dates related to our heritage. We celebrate July 4, 1776, with a day off, picnics, beer and fireworks. Judging from my former junior and senior university students in history courses, I calculate that most Americans can...

Fragrances Can Really Stink

A loophole left by the 1973 Fair Packaging and Labeling Act means the FDA doesn’t require manufacturers to list all the ingredients in “fragrances” as is required for other cosmetics. As a result, the Environmental Working Group’s Enviroblog...

Warning: Consumer Products May Be Harmful to Your Health

Let’s face it: The current system for overseeing chemicals used in consumer products is broken. Last year, Congress banned lead in children’s products. But recently, we learned that some manufacturers that phased lead out of children’s jewelry are...