Monday, December 5, 2022

Public Health

Prevalence of Hepatitis B Calls for Further Intervention in Asia

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Around 300 million new cases of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) are diagnosed annually across the globe — of these, more than 75% of the cases are found in Asia (specifically South and South East...

CDC Recommends Further Intervention to Combat Obesity Epidemic

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An obesity epidemic is sweeping the United States and is increasing the number of severe conditions like diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Two out of three American adults are currently overweight or obese and...

Physicians Raise Concerns For Long-Term Pain Treatment Amid Increasing Opioid Regulations

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Though the opioid epidemic was declared a public health emergency by the U.S. government in 2017, the development of the crisis spans the past two decades. The first wave began in 1991 when a...

COVID-19 Disproportionately Affects Homeless Population

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 The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected the homeless, with many social and logistical factors preventing them from accessing stable healthcare. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines coronavirus disease (COVID-19, also known as SARS-CoV-2) as a...

New CDC Guidelines Suggest Double-Masking for Better Protection Against COVID-19

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new research suggesting that wearing two masks may be more effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19. The study showed that wearing a cloth mask over...

COVID-19 and The Rise of a New ‘Superspreader’ Strain

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A more contagious strain of COVID-19 has emerged in South Africa and was confirmed to be found in South Carolina in January 2021. The strain was found to spread easier and quicker than others.  The...

Epigenetic Consequences from Long-Term Exposure to Nail Salons

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Nancy Otavalo, a healthy 39-year-old, had a miscarriage in 2014. Monica Rocano, had a son, who at 3 years old, was still struggling with speaking and walking. Van Hoang, a Vietnamese immigrant, has had...

Particulate Matter: Effects and Disparities in Human Health

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What is particulate matter?  Air pollution is a combination of solid and gas particles in the air. The most common and harmful air pollutants include particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and sulfur dioxide.  Particulate matter is...

Origins of Allergies: Acquired or Hereditary?

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Itchy eyes, stuffy nose and sneezing are all common during ‘allergy season.’ Yet many allergies, particularly food allergies, are not just an inconvenience, they can be fatal — and they are on the rise. 6.1%...

INFOGRAPHIC: The Effects of Air Quality and Particle Pollution on Health

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Depending on the type of air pollution and the quantity, our bodies can experience symptoms ranging from minor headaches to irritation and death. Particulate matter (PM 2.5 and PM 10) is the most concerning...