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Strength, Resilience, and Pride: The Medical Community Remembers the Boston Marathon 2013

I was home in Chicago when I heard the news. My mom had just picked me up after a long day of work, and I was dialing the Tufts phone number to inquire about on-campus housing.  As I was about to press “call,” my mom asked me, “Did you hear about the explosions at the Boston Marathon?” Quickly, I closed my phone. Having attended Emerson College for undergraduate school, located just a few blocks away from the Marathon finish line on Boylston Street, Boston was my second home. When she told me about the explosions, we did not yet know if they were terrorist attacks. The week continued and as the events unfolded, I prayed for the swift recovery of this incredibly strong city. One year later, as a Tufts … Read entire article »

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Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: How Women Can Decrease their Risk of Developing Cervical Cancer

In the U.S., 11,000 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed every year and approximately 4,000 women pass away from the disease. Like any form of cancer, cervical cancer can greatly decrease quality of life and can ultimately result in death. Fortunately, these outcomes can often be avoided, as cervical cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer. One of the key tenets of the practice of public health is informing people about various health issues and what they can do to avoid contracting illness. Therefore, given that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, below is information on some of the ways women can decrease their risk of developing cervical cancer. Screening & Detection Methods of screening and early detection have improved, contributing to a 74% decrease in the mortality rate … Read entire article »

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At the End of the Storm: Public Health Concerns in the Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan

  It has been over a month since Typhoon Haiyan (known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines) tore through the Philippines, destroying cities and devastating communities. The most recent counts put the death toll at 5,924, with another 1,779 people missing and over 4 million people displaced. Along with damage and heart break, Typhoon Haiyan has inflicted numerous public health concerns. Poor Sanitation and Increased Water Contamination Sanitation and water contamination are often concerns after natural disasters, because they can lead to waterborne diseases. Those stationed in Tacloban, the capital of the Philippines, have reported that even the city’s most reliable pumps have become contaminated. As a result, there have been cases of dysentery, a potentially fatal intestinal disease.. Compromised Maternal Health Maternal health care in the Philippines has seen improvements over the past few … Read entire article »

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Giving Thanks and Staying Healthy

Giving Thanks and Staying Healthy

Thanksgiving is around the corner and you can almost smell the pumpkin pie cooking already. It’s that time of year when people come together for a festive meal, relax around the fireplace, and then wait out in the cold to beat the Black Friday rush. In the midst of the holiday bustle, it can be easy to forget about health and wellness. The Tufts Public Health & Professional Degree Programs’ have put together a list … Read entire article »

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