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Snakebites: A Leading Global Health Crisis Causing 200 Deaths Every Day

By Emily Elmore | May 29, 2019

Ophidiophobia is the term to describe one’s abnormal fear of snakes. Researchers believe that the fear has evolutionary traces, developed by early humans as a survival tactic. Although the exact number of individuals suffering from Ophidiophobia is unknown, snake fears are relatively common. Considering that 200 people die every day from snakebites around the world,… Read more about Snakebites: A Leading Global Health Crisis Causing 200 Deaths Every Day

Understanding “Elimination” vs “Eradication” of Infectious Diseases in The Wake of The Measles Outbreak

By Emily Elmore | May 14, 2019

Latest Measles Data   From January 1, 2019, through May 10, 2019, measles cases are now up to 839 and present in 23 states, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week. The outbreaks in the US have been cited as “numerous” and “unrelated” to each other. The multi-state element is… Read more about Understanding “Elimination” vs “Eradication” of Infectious Diseases in The Wake of The Measles Outbreak

Measles Cases Hit 25-Year Record High At The Start Of National Infant Immunization Week

By Emily Elmore | April 29, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report today that at least 704 people have been sickened by measles since January 1, 2019 – the greatest number of reported cases in 25 years, marking a sad and alarming milestone in the history of the disease. The measles epidemic has been a… Read more about Measles Cases Hit 25-Year Record High At The Start Of National Infant Immunization Week

Measles – An Ongoing Epidemic

By Cameron Burnsed and Colin MacIntosh | March 13, 2019

As numbers continue to rise in the European measles epidemic, localized outbreaks throughout the United States and parts of the rest of the world are being reported. Instead of receding, it appears that the European measles epidemic has transformed into a worldwide measles epidemic. Both local and international travelers should be aware of the risks… Read more about Measles – An Ongoing Epidemic

February is American Heart Month – Tips When Traveling with a Heart Condition

By Christina Harp | February 1, 2019

February – a month dedicated to all things heart shaped – has fittingly been dubbed American Heart Month. It is the time of year for us to consider our heart health and to raise awareness of the risks of heart disease. And if you think you’re seeing a lot of red today – you’re not… Read more about February is American Heart Month – Tips When Traveling with a Heart Condition

2018 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

By Megan Kasprzak | December 27, 2018

From the reemergence of vaccine-preventable diseases to Acute Flaccid Myelitis, we’re bringing you a roundup of the major global health stories of 2018. Reemergence of Measles Measles is a highly contagious, viral illness. During the 1950s, in stark contrast to the present day, almost every American was affected by the measles, with nearly all children suffering a bout… Read more about 2018 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

The Ongoing Ebola Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo

By Megan Kasprzak | December 2, 2018

News of the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in western Africa shocked the world and took international media by storm. Despite international efforts to contain the virus, in the largest outbreak of its kind, the virus took the lives of 11,300 people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Although no stranger to Ebola and the devastating effects the disease can have on… Read more about The Ongoing Ebola Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Peak Flu Season is Almost Here

By Colin Macintosh | November 19, 2018

The 2017-2018 flu season was exceptionally devastating for a multitude of reasons ranging from uncontrollable environmental factors to vaccine efficacy issues. With the 2018-2019 flu season rapidly approaching, it is imperative that the lessons learned from the last flu season, as well as years prior, are observed.  What Went Wrong in 2017  The 2017-2018 Flu season… Read more about Peak Flu Season is Almost Here

Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part III- Long-Term Impact on Mental Health

By Megan Kasprzak | October 31, 2018

As we wrap up the “Hurricane Florence Aftermath” blog series, there are still thousands of individuals that are stranded in shelters and unable to live in their now-damaged homes. The effects of the deadly storm will linger long after the flood waters have resided, and for our third and final article, we address one of… Read more about Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part III- Long-Term Impact on Mental Health

CDC Warns Of A New Multi-Drug Resistant Salmonella Outbreak

By Emily Elmore | October 22, 2018

Last week’s salmonella outbreak affected 29 states and sickened 92 people, resulting in 21 hospitalizations (no deaths have been reported). These cases mark the 16th salmonella outbreak in 2018,  which is twice as many as 2015 or 2016. The current outbreak is courtesy of a strain called Salmonella Infantis and, according to the CDC, appears to be resistant to a multitude… Read more about CDC Warns Of A New Multi-Drug Resistant Salmonella Outbreak

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