The head of the public health system in the US is the Surgeon General.
Slideshow: The Changing Face of Public Health
These posters, created between 1920 and 1990, are from “An Iconography of Contagion: An Exhibition of 20th Century Health Posters”. They reflect fears and prejudices around the infectious diseases of their era, and show how public health campaigns have evolved over the last 100 years.
A new study about “Cyberchondriacs” tries to understand the reasons why, when we’re sick, we google our symptoms, and then think we’ve got some deadly disease. Basically the results suggest that we, as Googlers, demonstrate the kind of unconscious pattern creation in which the human brain excels—and which frequently leads us astray when it comes to the basic logic of probability. The way gamblers say they have a “hot hand,” cyberchondriacs believe they have “hot symptoms”: if they hit the first two in a list, they believe they must have the third one as well.
Nassau County is the second healthiest county in New York State.