World Hepatitis Day is July 28th. It provides an opportunity to learn the global burden of this disease, understand the different types of hepatitis, and the actions individuals can take to prevent the spread of it.
Hepatitis is a general term meaning inflammation of the liver. Viral hepatitis is a group of infectious diseases that include hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E and it affects millions of people worldwide, causing both acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) liver disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B or chronic hepatitis C.… Read more »
Does it really matter if we buy organic versus non-organic foods? What is the real difference between the two? Well, you might be surprised. There are over 400 pesticides currently licensed to be used on U.S. foods, but our exposure to thousands of others is “tolerated.”
“Pesticides” is a general term that the government and other agencies use to include insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, insect repellants, weed killers, antimicrobials, and swimming pool chemicals designed to prevent, destroy, repel, or reduce pests of any sort.… Read more »
This year, Earth Day is focused on eliminating the use of plastic pollution. From disrupting human hormones, poisoning, and injuring marine life, to clogging our beaches, streams, and landfills, the explosive growth and use of plastics is threatening our health and the survival of our planet.
Most of the perishable foods and beverages in the United States are stored in packaged plastic or cans lined with a plastic resin. These plastics can leach substances that may be very harmful to health, especially to the health of a developing fetus and young children.… Read more »
How great would it be if we could walk into any store and buy lifelong happiness? It’s actually not that hard to do—as long as whatever we buy is meant for someone other than ourself.
Research suggests that when we give to others, it makes us happy—even happier than if we spent money on ourselves. And when kindness is given, it creates a cycle that promotes lasting happiness and altruism. Thus, when you engage in a kind deed, you feel happier and the happier you are, the more likely you are to do another kind act.… Read more »
Many people receive pets as a gift during the holidays. Maybe you saw a cute kitten during your holiday shopping spree or your child has wanted a puppy for months. Holiday movies, television programs, and advertisements seem to make it seem like the best time to give a pet is under the tree on Christmas morning. However, not all Christmas pets live up to the hype and bringing a new animal into the home during a chaotic holiday season can lead to just the opposite of a positive beginning for the pet and the family.… Read more »
At a time when people increasingly turn to holistic methods of healing, music therapy has developed into a powerful and nonthreatening medium that can be used successfully with individuals of all ages and disabilities. Music has been used in healing practices throughout history, with many examples of the healing powers of music in the historical records of different cultures.
Music therapy is an established health profession that has demonstrated effectiveness in addressing the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.… Read more »
Today is Equality Now Day. Founded in 1992, the mission of this day is to protect and promote the human rights of women and girls. The United Nations recognizes that harmful practices are forms of violence based on discrimination and committed primarily against women and girls. Because these practices have been committed for so long in so many communities across the world (including the United States), they have become normalized as accepted social practice. However, they deny women and girls their dignity and integrity as individuals and they are a violation of human rights.… Read more »
Did Descartes have it backwards? We often envision our brains as “computers” that tell our bodies what to do and we assume that our moods are determined by how our brains process what we experience. Happiness, then, should come from thinking happy thoughts. But research is showing that is not necessarily true. Instead, our bodies (and what we do with them) can profoundly influence our mood. For example, a brisk five-minute walk can do more to our improve moods than just thinking positive thoughts.… Read more »
Water problems affect half of humanity. Many of us think contaminated water or lack of access to clean water is someone else’s concern. However, access to clean drinking water is an ever-increasing problem that affects us all, no matter where we live. Did you know that an American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the typical person living in a developing country’s slum area uses in an entire day? A person can live for weeks without food but only a few days without water. … Read more »
The La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood in Denver is undergoing a bit of a revolution. The city’s housing authority is using a relatively new decision-making tool called a health impact assessment to design a redevelopment plan that encourages physical activity and environmental sustainability. The new project, known as Mariposa, will incorporate ecological construction materials and practices (such as solar power and geothermal energy) in an effort to create and support a healthy, vibrant community.
Doctors, nurses, community groups, and social agencies have long felt that environmental conditions contribute to such health conditions as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.… Read more »