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Nov 24, 2020

Last week, a judge approved the $8.3 billion settlement between the Department of Justice and OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma. Hopkins opioids researcher Dr. Caleb Alexander talks with Stephanie Desmon about expected fallout from the settlement as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the crisis by...


Nov 19, 2020

Pollution and racism go hand in hand: low-income, predominantly non-white communities with less capital and political power become dumping zones for hazardous waste and other toxic environmental exposures. As part of an ongoing series on structural racism and public health, Keshia Pollack Porter dives into the topic of...


Nov 18, 2020

November 18 is the first National Injury Prevention Day. Injuries like burns, falls, and poisonings are the leading cause of death in the US for children over the age of 1 and most are preventable. Prevention experts Dr. Barbara Barlow, founder of a national coalition to prevent childhood injuries, Injury Free Coalition...


Nov 12, 2020

Pneumonia is the leading killer of children under 5 around the world with most deaths in low- and middle-income countries. But it’s not just a problem of developing countries: pneumonia is also the most common reason for hospitalization of children in the US. In recognition of World Pneumonia Day, pediatric infectious...


Oct 29, 2020

As part of our election series, guest host Dr. Colleen Barry talks with Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence about what’s at stake for gun policy in this election. They also talk about how 2020 is shaping up to be a grim year for homicides and gun violence, the rise of gun sales...