I am a graduate student in public health; this is my blog about epidemiology, an awesome subject in public health that affects everything we do. I will be posting pictures and thoughts about current happenings in the public health world, as well as answering prompts for my class every once in a while.
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According to the World Health Organization, Vietnam is one of many countries with a high rate of drug-resistant TB but the efforts to fight TB are critically under-funded. Pulitzer Center grantees Jens Erik Gould and David Rochkind are in Vietnam to examine how the lack of funding is impacting communities with high drug-resistant TB.
Learn more about their project, The Price of Health: TB Budget Gaps in Vietnam.
Check out more of Farrant’s work here.
This is a wonderful video that describes the need for single-payer healthcare, and how we can do this in the USA.
And these are all the reasons we should encourage cities and towns to put in bicycle lanes instead of building new roads (or in addition to new roads).
I know, it’s still April. But my younger sister died in May two years ago from preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. She had symptoms for weeks and nobody really took them seriously at first, including her. She never liked to bother anyone, and they’re so similar to the normal aches and pains of pregnancy that women overlook them or shrug them off as normal. My sister died twelve hours after she collapsed, and ever since then I meet women who say, “I had no idea it could be so serious.”
Well, it can. Each year, women like my sister die from preeclampsia, and many, many more lose babies to it. If you or a pregnant friend have these symptoms, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Don’t wait, just call.
Awareness does matter. It’d mean a lot to me if you’d reblog this, thanks.
Sex Education in American Public Schools
This is the state of sex education in America, and it needs to change. Everyone should have access to quality sex education that includes positive, healthy relationship modeling (that is all-inclusive) and medically accurate, reliable information about contraception and abstinence. This should also include education about abortion and how to access an abortion in your state. Not enough young people are getting this information from reliable sources, and it is something we can, and need to, change.
Smart Solution To Stop Needle Reuse Wins Design Impact Award
Healthcare providers reusing unsterilized syringes and needles cause more than 1.3 million infections around the world every year, according to the World Health Organization. Ignorance of the dangers and a lack of supplies means that the average syringe is reused four times in the developing world, says advocacy and education charity Safepoint.
The problem, which spreads bloodborne pathogens like hepatitis and
AIDSHIV (h/t and good catch to sexeducationforprudes), led healthcare designer David Swann and his team at the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom to come up with a simple and cheap visual aid.
They created a syringe coated with a color-changing dye that turns red when exposed to carbon dioxide. The so-called A Behavior-Changing (ABC) syringe is stored in a nitrogen-filled pack and starts changing color only when the pack is punctured or the syringe is removed. Read more below and see the video.
DO NOT GIVE OR GET ANY VACCINATIONS FOR YOURSELF OR YOUR KIDS………..
Ok, lets break this down nice and simple.
Formaldehyde is from the purification of the vaccine. 99.9% of which is removed. The reason it doesn’t give a dosage is so minuscule that it can’t be measured without going into picograms. That’s one trillionth of a gram. You breathe in more formaldehyde by driving down a busy road than in a vaccine.
Thimerosal is NOT elemental mercury, It is a molecular compound made up of carbon, hydrogen, mercury, sodium, oxygen, and surfer. This is used as a preservative for the vaccine. Thimerosal is used in a variety of other things, like tattoo ink, facial creams, nasal sprays. It’s toxic to humans only in fairly large quantities but highly toxic to aquatic born organisms like infectious bacteria. In short, it makes sure you don’t get salmonella from a stray bacteria from the chicken embryos.
As for the dosage of the Thimerosal. That is the most laughable point in this post. It says 25 mcg, that’s micrograms, or one millionth of a gram. To put this in perspective, a dollar bill weighs roughly 1 gram, the average human eyelash is around 80-90 micrograms. The box also says that it contains a 5ml (milliliter/cc) vial which leads me to my next point.
A little simple math and we find out that 25 mcg = 0.00003 ml and a little more math we find that 0.00003 ml is 0.00006% of 5 ml. Let me put this another way. By the age of 5, an American child weighs about 50-55lbs and their body contains 55 mcg of Uranium. I don’t see any kids running around with radiation sickness, so I think they’re safe with a preservative in them.
TL;DR: This is like saying you don’t want your child eating their baked birthday cake because raw eggs were used to make it and you don’t want your child getting salmonella from it.