Author Archives: Michelle Shapiro

Preventing the Bite Day and Night in Harris County

The third most populous county in the United States, Harris County (TX) works day and night to protect its 4.7 million residents from vector-borne disease by integrating surveillance, control, education, research, and technology. Harris County…

How Local Health Departments with the Fewest Resources Can Increase Active Transportation

By Karin Valentine Goins, MPH, Program Director, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series covering the Capabilities for Public Health Agency…

New NIH Study on the Effect of Genetics and Pollution on Asthma Symptoms

According to a study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), asthma patients with a specific genetic profile are more susceptible to intense asthma symptoms from exposure to traffic pollution. Patients without that genetic profile…

Navigating a Foodborne Outbreak: Preparation for Interprofessional Practice

The Academic Partnership to Improve Health released a CDC-funded online learning module called “Navigating a Foodborne Outbreak: Preparation for Interprofessional Practice.” The module focuses on the collaboration necessary among health professionals to protect the public…

FDA Advises Consumers to Avoid Eating, Drinking, or Handling Food Products Prepared with Liquid Nitrogen at the Point of Sale

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an alert on the potential for serious injury from eating, drinking, or handling food products prepared by adding liquid nitrogen at the point of sale, immediately before…