Guest post by Lawrence W. Green
This was a year when Ebola and its one death in the United States has produced an American public riveted by the drama of tracing the infected and their contacts and frightened by the prospect, albeit remote, of the virus reaching them. Apart from the millions of dollars spent to contain the spread, protect the few dozen people potentially exposed, and treat the five who had contracted the infection, a relieved and grateful public was distracted from concern for chronic diseases, violent and unintentional injuries, obesity, tobacco, alcohol, and drugs that kill hundreds of thousands of Americans and millions of people internationally.
All of these latter killers are ones for which people can exert a considerable degree of prevention and control in their own lives and environments. Much progress in doing so has been shown by surveys of behavior and surveillance of the risk factors…
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