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Have you had the conversation? Let’s talk.

Have you had the conversation? Let’s talk.

Discussions around end-of-life care are often seen as morbid and taboo in our culture and are therefore silenced. Although 90% of people say that talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care is important, only 27% have done so.* According to Ellen Goodman, co-founder and director of The Conversation Project, we don’t have these conversations because it seems too soon; however, as she says, “it’s always too soon…until it’s too late.” Goodman presented in 2014 … Read entire article »

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Tips for New Year’s Resolutions that Won’t Dissolve by Spring

Tips for New Year’s Resolutions that Won’t Dissolve by Spring

The new year is around the corner, and you may be thinking of resolutions and promises of self-improvement to begin on January 1st. In 2015, the top five resolutions were to lose weight, get organized, spend less and save more, enjoy life to the fullest, and stay fit and healthy. Many of us made similar resolutions last January, but were unsuccessful in reaching our goal or maintaining our improved behavior. If this sounds like you, … Read entire article »

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WHO is Raising Critical Consciousness of Consumers of Red Meat and Processed Meat

WHO is Raising Critical Consciousness of Consumers of Red Meat and Processed Meat

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), recently reported findings that the consumption of red meat and processed meats raises the risk of cancer. Processed meats include hot dogs, sausage, ham, bacon, or any meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation or smoking. Red meats include beef, veal, pork, lamb, horse, mutton, and goat. The IARC reviewed over 800 studies of consumption of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Awareness, Cancer

The Truth Will Set You Free: Tufts’ Film Screening of The Fix

The Truth Will Set You Free: Tufts’ Film Screening of The Fix

“A tale of recovery and redemption that paints a portrait of life after heroin addiction in the Bronx”-The Fix On Thursday, October 22nd, Tufts University School of Medicine held a screening of the documentary film The Fix followed by a panel discussion. Panelists included Dr. Alysse Wurcel, a Tufts Medical Center Physician, and Virginia Lijewski, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The panel was moderated by Haner Hernandez, currently in long-term recovery, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Hepatitis C, Opioid Epidemic

Know your nose: seasonal allergies are in the air

Know your nose: seasonal allergies are in the air

As another summer ends and back to school season begins, many of us are beginning to notice emerging symptoms of sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose, scratchy throats, and congestion. The first day of fall is tomorrow, September 23rd, and with the warm daytime temperatures and cool night climate, ragweed and tree pollen are thriving at the expense of our immune systems. Allergies in the fall? Allergies are a growing public health issue affecting millions of Americans, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Allergies, Prevention, Winter Health

Sleep Awareness Month

Daylight Savings Time has come and gone, and so has an hour of sleep. It might not take very long to adjust to losing an hour of sleep, but some people lose hours every night. March is Sleep Awareness Month, and the Tufts Office of Public Health & Professional Degree Programs is reminding the Tufts community that sleep is in integral part of maintaining health. While there are many different sleep disorders, one of the most common is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA occurs when breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. Breathing pauses, or “apneas”, last for at least ten seconds when muscles in the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open. These pauses can cause night after night of fragmented, interrupted sleep. What causes OSA? There are several … Read entire article »

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Staying Healthy in a Winter Wonderland

Winter Storm Juno has swept the East Coast, and the Tufts Health Sciences Campus has been buried in snow. Many students rejoiced at the news of two consecutive snow days, taking advantage of the time to relax, get ahead on work, and catch up on Netflix. The blizzard has passed, but the forecast predicts temperatures as low as 0° degrees over the next week, as well as the possibility of more precipitation. With snow, ice, and freezing temperatures, below are several recommendations for staying safe throughout the rest of the winter. Frostbite Now that the winds are dying down, it is more tempting than ever to go outside and indulge in that nostalgic desire to build a snowman or go sledding. These activities often require being outside for long periods of time, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blizzards, Emergencies, Emergency Preparedness, Winter Health

Using a Public Health Approach for Violence Prevention

On December 14th, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. It has been two years since that fateful and tragic day, and many parts of the country are still terrorized by the threat of violence. Violence emerged as a public health problem in the late 1970s and early 1980s, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish the Violence Epidemiology Branch (later integrated into the Division of Injury Epidemiology). They recognized that violence could have numerous health effects, such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, suicidal tendencies, and even death. With these health consequences in mind, CDC and public health officials began to think about treating violence much as they would treat other health issues. Dr. … Read entire article »

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

America’s obesity epidemic is far from over, and its effects have become clear. Diabetes, which is commonly caused by obesity, has taken its place as one of the most prevalent medical conditions. Almost 30 million Americans have diabetes, and another 86 million have prediabetes, making them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. It is projected that unless we take drastic steps to stop diabetes, as many as one in three American adults will have it by 2050. Diabetes is a disease in which the body either does not make enough insulin (Type 1) or cannot use its insulin as well as it should (Type 2), resulting in sugar building up in the blood and blood glucose levels rising above normal. Symptoms include (but are not limited to) frequent urination, … Read entire article »

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Brush Up on the Importance of Oral Health

  Halloween is around the corner, and it can be hard to say no to the abundance of candy corn and pumpkin sweets that are taking over the shelves. If you have decided to relax on your diet a little, make sure that you are at least taking precautions against cavities! While you’re at it, take a few minutes to learn about the importance of maintaining oral hygiene and health. Oral health is not always a main focus in public health, but there are plenty of reasons why public health officials should pay attention to this field. Oral bacteria and inflammation from periodontitis (severe form of gum disease) have been shown to cause health problems in other parts of the body. Bacteria from the mouth can spread through the bloodstream and attach to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Dental Health, Halloween, Oral Health