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The CDC’s Banned Words and The Effects on Public Health

On December 15, 2017, The Washington Post reported that policy analysts and officials of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had been informed of a new list of words that were prohibited from being used in their 2019 Presidential budget documents. The seven-word list consisted of vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based, and science-based. The origin of the ban is unknown, but it’s believed to have come from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) who composes the CDC’s annual budget. In certain cases, CDC budget analysts were given suggested rewordings such as replacing “evidence-based” with “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.” This ban comes at a time of massive budget cuts under the Trump administration. The CDC’s 2018 budget proposal … Read entire article »

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Medical Error—a Public Health Problem

  Assessing quality of care can be a complicated and tedious task, the methods for which are reviewed in Avedis Donabedian’s seminal The Quality of Care How Can it be Assessed? In his thorough examination, Donabedian asserts, and I think rightfully so, that the provider is at the center of care. When we zoom in on this center of care, we see the good and bad habits of health care providers which result in unequal outcomes. For years, the extent to which medical error has affected public health has been drastically underestimated. Although Americans have been filing fewer lawsuits in recent years, it seems as though medical malpractice is never more than a stone’s throw away from the doctor-patient interaction.   Medical Error in the U.S. When thinking of the need for malpractice … Read entire article »

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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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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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