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Educate to Eradicate Ignorance

Did you know? According to the JDRF, “Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults – approximately 80 per day – are diagnosed with T1D [Type 1 Diabetes] in the U.S.” According to the American Cancer Society, the survival rate for stage 4 supraglottis cancer, which is cancer of the larynx above the vocal […]

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Poetic Social Justice: An Approach for Type 2 Diabetes Awareness

Public health is often described as a science and an art, but have you thought about using poetry to tackle one of the most significant issues in the nation? According to the 2014 CDC National Diabetes Statistics Report, there are 29.1 million people with Type 2 Diabetes in the U.S. Several lifestyle behaviors have been […]

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Hashtagging Health Campaigns

How much influence does a hashtag campaign actually have? In the past month or so, we have had two health-related hashtags – #ALSIceBucketChallenge and #showmeyourpump. ALS Ice bucket challenge raised over $100,000,000 for ALS and had many people dumping buckets of ice water on heads of celebrities and the heads of “friends.” The #showmeyourpump campaign […]

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Your Public Health Ideas Wan-TED

Remember that great TED talk, the one you secretly wished that you came up with? You might have even thought about how that brilliant idea could be used for public health practice. Even if you might not be able to implement that idea, someone out there might. Thanks to Talk Back To TED, it’s now […]

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Frozen Diabetes Test Strip

Frozen: Not Your Average Disney Story

Frozen, the blockbuster Disney animated movie, contains an unusual connection to diabetes. What would have been a stereotypical Disney villain/princess movie was redesigned after the executive producer, John Lasseter, thought of his son and his son’s chronic health condition. John’s son, Sam, was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 10. Type 1 diabetes affects as […]

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Produce-ing Junk Food Tactics

Ever think about fighting fire with fire with marketing tactics? As reported by Linden Thayer’s 2012 post, Bolthouse Farms used the same methods used for marketing junk food to sell their baby carrots as attractive, kid-friendly snacks. Led by former Cola-Cola executive and current CEO of Bolthouse Farms Jeff Dunn, the campaigns have been largely […]

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MY Health-e-Schools Betters Healthcare Access for Children and Teens

Most students in the US are going back to school this week or next for the start of another year of learning with teachers, friends, homeroom and recess. For many students in rural areas, good healthcare is not always easy to access.  Parents are often working full-time and when it takes 45 minutes to an […]

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Debunking Depression Myths and Carpe Diem

Last week the world lost one of it’s most cherished actors and comedians:  Robin Williams. Robin Williams’ movies touched my life in many ways – when my parents were going through a divorce, Mrs. Doubtfire helped me have peace in the midst of a tough situation. Hook brought my siblings and I endless laughs, and […]

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The 6-Second Workout

Could 6 seconds really be all it takes to transform your health? In a new study from Scotland, researchers found that going all out in very short (6-second) bursts reduced participants’ blood pressure and improved their general fitness over time. High Intensity Training (HIT) has attracted attention from researchers and health professionals alike, as it […]

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Blood Samples from 2 Million Hoosier Babies Found in Indiana Warehouse

Using simple blood tests every infant in the United States can be tested for dozens of disorders that would usually go overlooked. But wouldn’t you assume that after the labs were done with the blood they would dispose of it after a certain period of time? I know that’s what my parents thought, but a […]

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