What is Public Health? Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities. Educating people about healthy lifestyles, online researching disease and injury prevention, and developing ways to make communities healthier are all part of a public health professional’s job. To help with that job, here is a list of Public Health Resources.

  1. The ultimate Public Health movie list Who knew that movies could be a tool to promote public health? Educate yourself and others with films like Erin Brockovich, Fast Food Nation and Supersize Me among others.
  2. BAM!Emeril Lagasse isn’t the only one to BAM his way into the hearts of America – the CDC is trying it out too. The BAM web-page (short for “Body and Mind”) has kid and adult-friendly information on diseases, nutrition, activities and safety.
  3. Healthy People 2010This organization works to inspire and help communities and individuals to take steps towards healthier lifestyles.
  4. Brain PopThis fun and innovative website has information on Diseases, Injuries and Conditions (“what happens when things aren’t working right?”) as well as genetics, body systems, nutrition, and personal health advice. There are also free health movies. Even though the information is serious, the tone and look are fun enough to make health into an engaging enjoyable subject.
  5. Household ChemicalsLearn About Chemicals Around Your House is the name of this website that has an interactive house tour to teach kids about dangerous chemicals in their homes. Help the parents in your community protect their children by informing them – this makes it easy.
  6. Pandemic for kidsTalk to any public health expert and you’ll hear that we are overdue for a pandemic, or epidemic, of epic proportions. Emergency management specialists are working to prepare individuals, families and communities, but most people are resistant to facing the risk of possible future pandemics. This site has tips targeted towards children, but helpful to parents and professionals also.

Mankind, mind periodically, sovaldi has to face scourges which can potentially threaten his very existence. Swine flu is the latest addition in the long list of medical threats with potentially pandemic proportions. Others include mad cow disease, AIDS, Ebola that are still around and some like smallpox that have been conquered. Add to these other threats such as accidents, natural disasters, and terrorism and we see that we are indeed living in uncertain times. But even in the face of potentially deadly situations, life has to go on. One way to avoid coming face to face with such situations is to avoid them; don’t go where they go.

Swine flu, caused by the H1N1 virus, started from Mexico, spread into the U.S, and has since then spread all over the world, particularly in Asia.

Here we present 7 free web apps to track swine flu anytime, anywhere –

1. HealthMap – This free application provides real-time information on disease outbreaks from around the world. The data is gathered from various sources from all over the internet and presented in the form of an interactive map. You can use the application to track the outbreak and spread of swine flu on a global level, country level, and city level. You can receive alerts if there is an outbreak in your vicinity. The application accepts feeds from users and you can add to their database if you find that there has been a swine flu incident that has not been covered on HealthMap.

2. Addict-O-Matic – This search site does a great job of collating news items from social media portals for a given search term. A search for “swine flu” will yield recent entries on the subject from diverse sites such as YouTube, Twitter, Digg, and various blog search engines. The results are presented sitewise in a clean customizable layout. Worth bookmarking as it is a neat single-window viewpoint for news related to swine flu.

3. Google News – The news aggregator that most other aggregators on swine flu use for reference. Possibly the largest resource for information from diverse sources including news sites, blogs, and scientific journals. Get updates online or sign up for news alerts that can be delivered to your mobile phone.

4. Google Flu Trends – A heat map that provides near real-time information on swine-flu activity from several countries. Here’s an interesting read on how the application actually works. The application estimates swine flu activity based on the number of queries from a given region and historic records of flu activity in that region.

5. Swine Flu Map – This interactive map offers a neat timeline that you can manipulate with the help of a slider. You can check how the flu has spread from Mexico affecting countries on the way to becoming a pandemic. You can view stats on confirmed cases and deaths for each country at a given period in time.

6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – An exhaustive resource on all the information you can hope for on swine flu including weekly updates from all over the U.S. There is information of use to specific use such as pregnant women, senior citizens, and travelers.

7. Wellsphere – A good source of information on all things health-related including swine flu. The information is well categorized. It includes breaking news on swine flu, questions and answers, discussions, pictures, videos, tips, and more. You can unearth a lot of information on swine flu by using different key phrases such as “swine flu symptoms”; swine flu treatment”, “swine flu vaccine”, etc.