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Racism and public health: How environment shapes wellbeing

Racism and public health: How environment shapes wellbeing

Racism and other forms of oppression – whether based on ethnicity, gender, language, sexual orientation, nationality, or other characteristics – act separately and together to cause disease. While individual behavior plays a role in health, it is only one small piece of the puzzle. “We have to name those things that are interfering with optimal health outcomes,” says Linda Hudson, ScD, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine. Camara Jones, President of the American Public … Read entire article »

Filed under: Environment, Racism

The Potential for Dismantling the Affordable Care Act with a Trump Presidency

Many of you are likely wondering what do the election results mean for health care in the United States? Candidate Trump repeatedly stated he would repeal and replace the ACA on day one of his presidency. Since becoming President Elect Trump, he has declared that his three main priorities are: immigration, health care, and “big league jobs”. On Thursday, he released his proposed health care plan on his transition website. While thin on details, it reiterates his plans for the elimination of the ACA: A Trump Administration will work with Congress to repeal the ACA and replace it with a solution that includes Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and returns the historic role in regulating health insurance to the States. The Administration’s goal will be to create a patient-centered healthcare system that promotes … Read entire article »

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Vision Zero: Traffic safety in Boston and beyond

Vision Zero: Traffic safety in Boston and beyond

A car struck and injured two women and a boy walking on the Freedom Trail. A duck boat killed a woman riding a motor scooter. A teenager in Dorchester and a surgeon in Back Bay died in collisions with motor vehicles. These and other high-profile crashes in Boston in recent years have motivated new efforts to improve road safety. Traffic hazards are not unique to Boston. After years of progress, 2015 saw a spike in traffic-related … Read entire article »

Filed under: Injuries, Prevention, Traffic Safety

This prescription is a walk in the park

This prescription is a walk in the park

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday this year with events across the country. Whether you honor the centennial by going to the Grand Canyon or to your neighborhood playground, getting outside is healthy. Green space for exercise can help your heart and lower your blood pressure.  Just sitting outdoors can improve your mental health. Less than half of U.S. adults meet recommended guidelines for daily exercise, and nearly 1 in 13 people over … Read entire article »

Filed under: Exercise, Mental Health, Prevention

Digital Health Trends: Need a second opinion? There’s an app for that.

Digital Health Trends: Need a second opinion? There’s an app for that.

In this digital age, we are constantly on our phones. In the last week, how many of us have used an app on our smartphone to track or monitor our health- probably the majority of us. But are these health apps reliable? It seems there is an app for almost every health behavior out there, including losing weight, managing diabetes, monitoring sleep quality, improving medication adherence, and even measuring your blood pressure. With over 165,000 health-related … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mobile Health

National Public Health Week: April 4-10, 2016

National Public Health Week: April 4-10, 2016

April means spring weather, budding trees, flowers in bloom, and…National Public Health Week (NPHW)! Sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA) since 1995, the first full week in April each year has been dedicated to promoting events focused on public health, with the ultimate goal of creating a healthier nation. This year, NPHW is April 4th through 10th. The Public Health and Professional Degree (PHPD) Programs Student Senate organized the activities that will be held … Read entire article »

Filed under: Awareness, Public Health Week

From A to Zika

From A to Zika

Amidst a battle with the Zika virus, we observe February as International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month. Pregnant women or women planning to become pregnant are being warned about the possible link to microcephaly in infants born to women who have contracted the Zika virus. The Zika outbreak has been classified as a global public health emergency at a “level 1” status by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Level 1, the highest, has only … Read entire article »

Filed under: Emergency Preparedness, Prenatal Health, Zika Virus

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 »

Filed under: end of life

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 »

Filed under: New Year's Resolutions

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