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A new study conducted by researchers from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health indicates that the risk for type 2 diabetes can be significantly lowered by eating homemade meals (as opposed to eating out). One reason is that restaurant food is more likely to contain highly processed ingredients and unhealthy fats. Both of these … Read More

On September 28, 2015, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released new recommendations on how parents can better manage technology in their children’s lives. With the understanding that mobile devices have become more accessible to children and infants, the AAP intends to help parents become more engaged with their children through the use of digital … Read More

Premed Perspective From Switzerland: Part V On March 17, 2015 my internship at the International AIDS Society gave me the chance to attend a thematic roundtable on pediatric HIV/AIDS. Essentially, this was a meeting between executives from large pharmaceutical companies (which develop the drugs and invest heavily in R&D), generic pharmaceutical companies (which create generic versions of … Read More

The “biggest refugee crisis since World War Two” is quickly becoming “the biggest refugee crisis including World War Two” its third year in, having displaced more than four million people,* with over half of them minors under the age of 18. Refugee children who have crossed oceans to reach EU nations are chased by more than … Read More

Challenging the long-standing early start times for school age children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a recommendation in August that schools begin at 8:30 am or later. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has also released a statement in support of the “8:30 am or later” start time for middle schools … Read More

Most of us would like to believe that we are not dumb. More than half of people believe that they are “above average” in intelligence, displaying a phenomenon coined “Illusory Superiority“. Yet, in 2011, more than half of Americans had trouble naming one living scientist. General scientific ignorance reigned supreme in following years, with only 58% … Read More

Consuming contaminated water is a common problem that disproportionately affects developing countries. Worldwide, 750 million people lack access to clean water and more than 840,000 people die each year from preventable water-related diseases, such as diarrhea, Hepatitis A, and Legionellosis. The development of water chlorinators is an important innovation that can be a cost-effective method … Read More

Obesity is a problem that affects more than 78.6 million Americans and increases the risk of many diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A new study published by the American Journal of Public Health indicates that obese individuals face an uphill battle to return to a normal weight. Embed from Getty Images  Obesity is … Read More

In East Asian countries such as Japan, China, and Korea, people have long worn surgical masks for protection from disease and air pollution. Recently, however, the use of surgical masks has become very popular worldwide in highly concentrated public settings such as airports, subways, and shopping malls. Notable surges in the use of masks follow … Read More

A study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reveals a drastic difference in the average out-of-pocket cost of a primary care visit for insured and uninsured patients. The research study, which analyzed the price of primary care visits between 2012 and 2013, indicates that the average cost of a … Read More

This past summer, new legislation was approved by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors and Mayor Ed Lee to display warning labels on advertisements for sugary beverages sold in San Francisco. The health warnings indicate that drinking beverages with added sugars contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. The new health warning labels are to be … Read More

Misinformation spread fear and delayed a timely response. During the recent outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea, the nation’s government was heavily criticized for its response. In a nation still smarting from the inefficient response to the Sewol ferry disaster about a year ago, mismanagement of the outbreak by hospitals and by the … Read More

A new study conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health indicates that in the US, 54.5 % of children and adolescents are dehydrated. This finding is particularly important because sufficient water intake helps maintain basic physiological functions including metabolism, temperature regulation, and circulation. Conversely, prolonged inadequate hydration can impair physical and cognitive function, … Read More

California passed a new law on June 30, 2015 that will create stricter vaccination requirements for all schoolchildren. Also referred to as Senate Bill 277, this new vaccination law mandates that all California children attending public or private schools are required to be fully vaccinated. Exemptions will only be allowed for medical reasons with a … Read More

Over 200 known diseases worldwide are caused by unsafe food containing harmful chemical substances, bacteria, viruses, or parasites. These diseases, also known as food-borne diseases or food-borne illnesses, are spread through direct contact with contaminated food and can lead to severe health problems. Salmonella and Escherichia coli (also commonly referred to as E. coli) are two common pathogens … Read More

Ever wonder about the differences between natural sugars, added sugars, and artificial sweeteners? While all three function to sweeten food and beverage products, they each have distinct characteristics. Sugar in its natural form can be found in unprocessed foods and beverages, such as whole fruits and milk. Food containing natural sugars, such as apples, are … Read More

E-cigarettes have gotten more and more popular in the past few years, especially as a “healthier” alternative to smoking tobacco. The safety of e-cigarettes is still debatable given the scarcity and spotty nature of studies surrounding the product. Even so, e-cigarettes threaten to undo the public health victories made against tobacco and secondhand smoke, especially if their production … Read More

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also referred to as Obamacare, is widely known as the healthcare reform law. However, the ACA also includes lesser-known provisions that bring changes to menu labeling in restaurants and food establishments across the United States. The goal of these menu modifications is to provide more accessible nutritional information for the public and … Read More

World Malaria Day, celebrated on April 25th of every year, promotes global awareness of the disease. Established in 2007 by the World Health Organization (WHO) member states, the annual day aims to educate, communicate, and advocate for the treatment and prevention of the illness. Since 2000, there have been drastic declines in malaria cases and deaths. An … Read More

If one could measure the speed of pedestrians pattering on the sidewalk, one would probably notice the footsteps slowing down or speeding up near certain hotspots. Not near intersections, but where the newspaper-blanketed homeless huddle behind their signs. With their mouths dried out from asking each passerby, these homeless etch their pleas on cardboard. “Hungry … Read More

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