As pollution skyrockets in India, health care costs poised to mount

Levels of pollution in India’s capital New Delhi soared on Tuesday, leading the Indian Medical Association to declare a public health emergency and prompting officials to close schools. The smog descending over the city can cause sickness and pre-mature death, and can lead to billions of dollars of additional health care costs according to a Cornell […]

One Health Day puts spotlight on need for environmental resilience

In honor of International One Health Day which is today, two Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine experts explain why there needs to be greater global effort to halt climate change, reduce toxins, and stop the irrevocable loss of the biodiversity. Alexander Travis is the associate dean for international programs and public health at the Cornell University College […]

More daylight in New England may take a bite out of crime

A commission in Massachusetts is considering a permanent switch from the Eastern Time Zone to the Atlantic Time Zone — a move that would preserve more evening daylight in the winter months, could lead to economic and health benefits, and may cut back on crime according to a Cornell University economist. Nicholas Sanders, an assistant […]

Post mortem of Chicago’s repealed soda tax

This week, the Cook County’s Board of Commissioners voted to repeal their tax on sugar-sweetened beverages by a vote of 15-1. This is the latest twist in a multi-year back-and-forth battle between soda tax advocates and opponents. John Cawley, professor in the department of policy analysis and management at Cornell University, is studying the impact of the soda […]

West Nile virus and infectious diseases a concern in flooded areas

Residents in areas hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma continue their recovery efforts, where a major concern is standing water in homes, streets and populated areas. Isaac B. Weisfuse, a medical epidemiologist at Cornell University with more than 25 years of experience in public health at the local and national levels, says it’s important for […]

Anti-vaping warnings drive people back to tobacco

Donald S. Kenkel, professor of public health economics at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, studies the effects of cigarette taxes, tobacco regulations and antismoking advertisements on public health. Kenkel says that while the public should be informed about the dangers of e-cigarettes, research suggests that such warnings may encourage more people to smoke tobacco. […]

Cornell awarded $7M to lead transportation research center

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University will receive up to $7 million in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funding over five years to lead a consortium of universities in researching and developing new transportation innovations to limit adverse impacts on public health and the environment. The announcement was made Dec. 8 by U.S. Sens. Charles E. […]