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Mending Wounded Minds

Mending Wounded Minds

In developing countries, three-quarters of people with mental disorders receive no treatment. What's the answer? Paul Bolton, Judy Bass and Laura Murray, of the Applied Mental Health Research team at the Bloomberg School, say it is possible to deliver inexpensive, effective, science-based care. But first you have to understand the culture.

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Special Flu Report

Special Flu Report

The new H1N1 influenza virus that emerged in Mexico in April 2009 ignited outbreaks as far away as the U.K. and Japan. Though H1N1 was neither as virulent nor as lethal as first suspected, the quick-mutating influenza virus should never be underestimated. Three Bloomberg School experts share their thoughts on what might happen, and what should happen, this summer.

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A More Perfect Union

A More Perfect Union

If public health is science painted with broad brush strokes, basic science is pointillism, the art of connecting infinitesimal dots. But in a public health setting, the endgame for these bedfellows is the same: large-scale prevention of disease. Six case studies demonstrate how basic science can lead to cross-fertilization, clues, predictions, and ultimately, solutions to the world's most vexing health problems.

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Proof?

Proof?

135 university presidents and chancellors have opened a debate on the U.S. drinking age. Should it be lowered? Bloomberg School researchers argue that decades of data make the answer gin-clear. "I've not seen one shred of evidence that allowing an earlier onset of legal drinking in 18- to 20-year-olds will have any positive impact on them," says Debra Furr-Holden.

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Keeping Howard Healthy

Keeping Howard Healthy

Can an experimental program in the richest county in one of the richest states influence the nation's health care reform agenda? Peter Beilenson, health officer of Howard County, Md., hopes so. The Healthy Howard plan provides primary care, specialty services, prescription drugs and health coaches for his county's residents.

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Influenza: Past, Present, and Future

Influenza: Then and Now

Tour the 20th century’s great pandemics with Bloomberg School virologist Andrew Pekosz—and learn how the latest H1N1 compares with them.

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