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Dr. Jonathan Fielding, professor-in-residence in FSPH's Department of Health Policy and Management, writes opinion articles on a wide range of topical public health issues, from childhood obesity, gun violence, and the opioid crisis to dietary supplements, distracted driving and strategies to reduce dementia risk. Please see articles below.
Date: August 20, 2019
"Climate change is an existential threat to our health and continued life on the planet."
Date: June 29, 2019
"Is sunscreen safe?"
Date: June 7, 2019
"Even modest reductions in noise can have a positive impact."
Date: April 24, 2019
"We need to start treating the measles outbreak as the public-health emergency that it is."
Date: March 30, 2019
"You can’t trade hours of sleep and not increase your health risks."
Date: March 7, 2019
"Federal policymakers have a responsibility to protect those children who have been put at risk whenever a parent claims the “right” to refuse vaccination."
Date: February 11, 2019
An addiction epidemic caused by nicotine products targeting our kids is irrefutable.
Date: January 3, 2019
On food safety, the U.S. can and should do better.
Date: November 7, 2018
There's a lack of evidence behind health claims associated with marijuana.
Date: October 9, 2018
As the population ages, the burden of social isolation on public health will only increase.
Date: August 20, 2018
U.S. leadership needs to actively support breastfeeding, both in domestic and international health policymaking.
Date: July 2, 2018
Victorville puts into stark relief our government’s responsibility toward those whom they detain or deport and all those with whom they interact.
Date: June 21, 2018
Slashing budgets self-destructively courts disaster by eliminating one of our most effective national security programs.
Date: May 14, 2018
The number of deaths from gun violence should erase any doubt that a real epidemic is underway.
Date: April 5, 2018
The federal government needs to get involved to secure the future health of America’s children.
Date: February 20, 2018
It's time to get serious about a universal flu vaccine.
Date: Jan 30, 2018
Capitol Hill's miserable work environment holds a lesson for our own health and well-being.
Date: Dec 21, 2017
Pharmaceutical company profits should not outweigh the public interest.
Date: Nov 16, 2017
America is facing a Type 2 diabetes epidemic stemming from lack of exercise and poor diet.
Date: Sep 21, 2017
Team Trump endangers everyone by scrapping seniors' right to litigate nursing home abuse.
Date: Aug 22, 2017
Recent research suggests exercise, a healthy diet and good sleep are key to reducing the risk of dementia.
Date: July 26, 2017
The new surgeon general can make a real impact in reducing the number of overweight kids.
Date: June 15, 2017
The president's budget takes several significant steps back in the fight against opioids.
Date: May 24, 2017
3 big steps we can take to lower the costs of hearing aids for consumers.
Date: Apr 17, 2017
If a supplement sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Date: Feb 27, 2017
The key to reducing firearm violence begins with treating it like a public health epidemic.
Date: Jan 25, 2017
The opioid's easy availability and high toxicity are contributing to American overdose deaths.
Date: Dec 22, 2016
Distracted driving kills and injures thousands of people every year. Here are 5 ways to stay safe.
Date: Nov 29, 2016
Government health agencies can take these four steps to better prepare for the next disease outbreak.
Date: Nov 9, 2016
Tooth decay disproportionately affects low-income kids with limited access to dental care.
Date: Oct 5, 2016
Commonsense fixes to Medicare and FDA drug approval can lower the cost of lifesaving drugs.
Date: Aug 16, 2016
Without the necessary funds, fighting Zika, Ebola and other infectious disease is a losing battle.