Monthly Archive: March 2018

LGBT Health Awareness Week 2018

The last week of March has been LGBT Health Awareness Week since 2003. We have gone over some of the barriers to health care for some of the transgender community in previous blog posts, but it remains important to bring awareness to the unique healthcare needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and the …

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Which Health Websites Can I Trust? The Devil is In the Details

You wake up with a splitting headache and numb hands and feet. Your first move  —  assuming these symptoms aren’t tequila-related  —  is probably to consult Dr. Google. Here’s a sample of the top ten pages for “headache numb hands feet”: You could have vitamin B12 deficiency, migraines, nerve damage, meningitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Bell’s palsy, …

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Website Highlights Safe Disposal Options for Used Needles & Sharps

syringe lancet

More and more communities across the country are encountering a commonly overlooked public health and safety issue: improper needle and sharps disposal. “Sharps” is a medical term for devices with sharps points or edges that can puncture or cut skin. Examples of sharps are needles, syringes, lancets, auto injectors, epinephrine and insulin pens, infusion sets, …

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Gun Violence is a Public Health Issue

The Public Health System

In 2016, there were 36,978 deaths in the United States involving guns. This includes 732 children and 3,234 teenagers; 21,386 were suicides and 346 of the events are considered mass shootings (the FBI defines mass shootings as when four or more people are shot and/or killed in a single event at the same general time …

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