CDC’s Go light

http://makinghealtheasier.org/golight

http://makinghealtheasier.org/golight

Game Change: Brain scans offer new view of NFL concussions

Reports have been linking concussions with a condition in the brain known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). A new technique allows scientists to peer into people’s brains and spot clumps of protein called tau. This can cause memory loss, impulse control and eventually dementia. Researchers used a technique and scanned brains of 5 former NFL … Read more

Reports have been linking concussions with a condition in the brain known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). A new technique allows scientists to peer into people’s brains and spot clumps of protein called tau. This can cause memory loss, impulse control and eventually dementia. Researchers used a technique and scanned brains of 5 former NFL players and 5 men who weren’t in the NFL. Each football player had 1 or more concussions. They all showed tau build up in their scans, whereas the men who didn’t play football, had none.

Researchers hope that the research will help them determine players who will have future brain damage so that they can cure it before it’s too late. Researchers don’t completely know how concussions and protein build up correlate with one another but they do know that one hit could lead to the accumulation of the protein. Some players can get hit thousands of times and never develop the disease; it just depends on the severity and person.

Some people believe that it’s genetic to have CTE. Most of the autopsied brains of NFL players have had CTE but they showed symptoms of the disease before their death. Football star Dave Duerson was a formal player who committed suicide 2 years ago. He left a note explaining that he shot himself in the chest and not the head because he wanted scientists to examine his brain. He wanted to know if they could explain the symptoms of his miserable life. Scientists hope that they can find early traces of inflammation before the tau can accumulate. They might have a chance to stop CTE from developing.

I thought that this article was very interesting. I believe that concussions lead to this disease based on what they found so far. I think it’s crazy that one hit could cause those problems later on in life. If players get hit more than once and are concussed, they just have that much more of a risk of having that protein build up and having it affect them later in life.

Trisha Widenmeyer, Class of 2015

Source
NBC News
http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/22/16646308-game-change-brain-scans-offer-new-view-of-nfl-concussions?lite

Stress!

Stress! We all have it at some point in our lives. It can vary in severity with each individual person of all different ages. Stress is the body’s reaction triggered by certain situations in one’s life. Anywhere from excelling in school, prepping for a big presentation at work or family matters. Never the less, it … Read more

Stress! We all have it at some point in our lives. It can vary in severity with each individual person of all different ages. Stress is the body’s reaction triggered by certain situations in one’s life. Anywhere from excelling in school, prepping for a big presentation at work or family matters. Never the less, it can take a toll on us emotionally and physically. There are many stress management tips, tricks and tools to get rid of some or all the stress:

  • A few deep breaths will help relieve the tension you are feeling.
  • Talking about what is stressing you out to someone you can confide in is a good way to get things off your chest.
  • Take a minute and reevaluate your values, goals and other personal life choices that might be causing the stress.
  • Go for a run, jog, walk or even join a yoga class to help relieve the tension.

Stress differs for every person in different situations. These techniques and many more can help bring down your stress level and make you an overall happier person.

In relation to college, there are a lot of responsibilities that get put on us that cause stress in many students. These responsibilities might include preparing for an exam, keeping organized, getting assignments done on time, taking care of one’s self in general and the list goes on and on. This can be a lot for one person to handle all at once and can be easily avoided by time management. Time management is everything. If you can make time for studies, sports, friends, etc., then you can beat the stress of being a college student.

Olivia Wuest, Class of 2015

Escape fire screening

Come see a Sundance film on America’s health care system! We’ll have snacks for the movie and a short panel discussion after the movie. It’s at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 1 in Chapman 110/111.


Come see a Sundance film on America’s health care system! We’ll have snacks for the movie and a short panel discussion after the movie. It’s at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 1 in Chapman 110/111.

Public health club Prom dress drive

Public health club Prom dress drive

Meningitis

There has been a recent report on CNN of a severe meningitis infection that has infected 100 and killed eight. The virus that has infected these people has been a rare strain of the virus that is noncontagious. The source seems to be a contaminated steroid injection. This gives us a big problem in America because … Read more

There has been a recent report on CNN of a severe meningitis infection that has infected 100 and killed eight. The virus that has infected these people has been a rare strain of the virus that is noncontagious. The source seems to be a contaminated steroid injection. This gives us a big problem in America because over 13,000 people are reported to have received the medicine. This could cause a big travel and lead to the infection of many more. The company responsible for the contaminated medicine is the New England Compound Center. It has been restricted from producing and selling any other medicine by the FDA until further investigation is done. The NECC Company has distributed these medicines to many states, although deaths were only reported in the state of Tennessee. The medicines were sent to Florida, Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio.

After reviewing this problem, I have to ask myself whose fault is it really for this simple outbreak that could harm the whole nation? In the end, I put the blame on the FDA and the company that distributed the products. As a company, the organization has to take full responsibility for the outcomes of the products that it puts out, especially as a health company. I also am finding it easy to apply the concepts that we have learned in class to this situation. The form of prevention that the company is in would be secondary prevention. It has to work on stopping the problem by keeping track of the subjects who have received this vaccine.

By: Walter Mitchell, Class of 2016

Turning an F into an A

I recently came across news coverage of an ex-Chicago contractor who had formerly worked as a food inspector for the city of Chicago and was sentenced to more than two years in prison for taking bribes to obtain food safety certificates for people who had not taken required courses or passed tests.  Yes that’s right, … Read more

I recently came across news coverage of an ex-Chicago contractor who had formerly worked as a food inspector for the city of Chicago and was sentenced to more than two years in prison for taking bribes to obtain food safety certificates for people who had not taken required courses or passed tests.  Yes that’s right, she would grant a passed test score for restaurants and companies that had failed to meet the requirements of these food safety certificates.

Maryanne Koll, 69, was sentenced to 30 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber, who had rendered the guilty verdict last year.  She was ordered to begin serving the sentence on December 31, 2012.  The state law requires all food service establishments, such as restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, convenience stores, schools and hospitals to have  an on-site individual that holds a food service sanitation manager certificate, which can be obtained after successful completion of the course and exam.

From at least June 2004 through June 2007, in exchange for cash bribes, Koll arranged to falsely obtain certificates for individuals who had not attended a course or passed the exam.  She enabled them to obtain certificates by fraudulently completing answer sheets and submitting them to the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) on their behalf, knowing that they had not attended the course or taken the exam.  Although Koll was an independent contractor for the State of Illinois, the judge found that, under federal law, she was an agent of the state Department of Public Health when she accepted bribes.

As a public consumer in general and an advocate for healthy eating in the public community, it was shocking to come across this information because when eating anything or anywhere, you’d expect the food and preparation of the food to be of the best quality.  Imagine eating from an establishment where the food was not cooked well and the kitchen you often are not allowed to step inside of was not kept clean or properly managed to serve the customer the best meal possible?  Thankfully Koll has been stopped and I just hope that this serves as an example to anyone out there who is misleading their customers into thinking that they’re providing the public community with healthy meals and service.

By: Diony Jasmin, Class of 2015

Curing Obesity in American’s Youth

One of the biggest issues in the country over the last 10 years has been the rapid growth in the number of America’s youth who can be considered obese. There are many factors that can play into why a child could develop health issues that contribute to a large amount of weight gain. But whose job … Read more

One of the biggest issues in the country over the last 10 years has been the rapid growth in the number of America’s youth who can be considered obese. There are many factors that can play into why a child could develop health issues that contribute to a large amount of weight gain. But whose job should it be to try and control the dietary intakes of the children who are affected with this issue? Recently the government has tried to implement different laws or regulations on food being served in cafeterias and vending machines across the country.

The first state to pass laws controlling what children in schools could purchase in vending machines and in cafeteria lines with regulations on calories, trans fat, sugars and many other factors that can lead to an unhealthy diet was California. Governor Schwarzenegger attempted to try and limit what children could have, hoping that simply cutting down on sodas and candy bars would help children live healthier in the state of California; and “between 2003 and 2005, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 677, SB 965 and SB 12 into law, a set of statewide policies to eliminate sodas and other highly sweetened beverages and restrict the sale of junk foods in all of California’s public schools” (Sanchez-Vaznaugh). But since passing the laws, almost every state has began to crack down on what its youth can eat in schools. But more recently, Michelle Obama has taken child healthcare into her own hands with her family and is attempting to help the nation as she says “obesity in this country is nothing less than a public health crisis [and] it’s threatening our children, it’s threatening our families and more importantly, it’s threatening the future of this nation.” (Keefe). As she says this she is somewhat lobbying for her husband to continue to reform nationwide healthcare in order for children to be healthier since they too are parents of kids eight and 11 who are at their greatest risk now.

The real question Americans have is, as the government monitors the food children are allowed to eat, is it really making a difference in their overall health? Researchers suggest that “although policymakers cannot directly influence student behavior, our study shows that governmental policies can help define the environment in which children learn to make food choices and thus shape the food behaviors, influencing overweight trends in entire student populations” (Sanchez-Vaznaugh). Being in school from six to seven hours a day for five days a week during the school year, a lot of time is spent with schools having complete control of a diet as they serve kids one meal a day with the additions of vending machines or other sources of food. So hopefully the government’s plan for influencing the youth to have a healthier and more conscious diet works.

Works Cited
Keefe, Bob. “Michelle Obama: Childhood Obesity a ‘public Health Crisis’” Atlanta News, Sports,
Atlanta Weather, Business News. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2012.http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/michelle-obama-childhood-obesity-a-public-health-c/nQb7G/

Sanchez-Vaznaugh et al., ‘Competitive’ Food And Beverage Policies: Are They Influencing Childhood Overweight Trends?’, Health Affairs, March 2010, 29(3): 436; doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2009.0745

By: Jalynn Williams, Class of 2016

Several issues within Urban Poverty

Urban poverty is not new, but is often over looked as an economic issue.  Urban poverty today is rapidly getting out of control.  According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, “51% of children in urban areas—8.9 million—live in low-income families—up from 48% in 2000.”  It is important that urban poverty is recognized as … Read more

Urban poverty is not new, but is often over looked as an economic issue.  Urban poverty today is rapidly getting out of control.  According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, “51% of children in urban areas—8.9 million—live in low-income families—up from 48% in 2000.”  It is important that urban poverty is recognized as a social, political and cultural problem that has profound impacts on public health.  There is an increasing exposure to an unhealthy environment when living in poverty such as: disasters, climate change and injuries related to violence and drugs.  Without having access to adequate shelter, healthcare and other resources, the urban poor face greater threats than those above the poverty line.  Around the world, many countries continue to narrow and define their role in finding ways to improve access to services for those in poverty.  Most countries are also improving their financing of healthcare services for the poor.  With the growth of poverty in physical and social environments, public health in urban settings could disintegrate because of the higher exposure to disease.  This would make disease prevention harder for the communities to control.  However, public health officials can use this information in a positive way to pave the way to enhancing health and poverty in the nation.

By: Samuel Ludgood, Class of 2014

Binge drinking

When your best friend Jane is found on the bathroom floor sitting in her puke, do you think she had too much alcohol? According to a recent government survey, “2 out of 3 high school students who drink alcohol are binge drinking.” (Kid’s Health) The data collected also confirmed that 90% of the alcohol consumed … Read more

When your best friend Jane is found on the bathroom floor sitting in her puke, do you think she had too much alcohol? According to a recent government survey, “2 out of 3 high school students who drink alcohol are binge drinking.” (Kid’s Health) The data collected also confirmed that 90% of the alcohol consumed by high school students is done during the course of binge drinking. Obviously, there is a big problem here, especially when high school students get caught up in the social scene with a lot of peer pressure.

Younger students are becoming exposed to alcohol each year. Alcohol is now the drug of choice among teens, and it’s only a matter of time before the binging begins. Many binging experiences happen at parties and is defined as having had five or more drinks in a couple of hours for men and teens, and four or more for women, at least once within 30 days. But there is more than one weekend with 30 days, so students aren’t just drinking once a month. The average binge drinker consumes much more alcohol than presented.

Binge drinking can lead to vomiting and also blacking out. While Jane is passed out on the bathroom floor in her puke, someone decided to draw on her face and arms in permanent marker, photograph the “art work” then upload the picture on a social network for everyone to see. Besides humiliating yourself, binge drinking can lead to other, more serious problems as well. The problems include: driving while drunk, hangovers, risky sexual behaviors, headaches, nausea, shakes, overdose, assaults, unplanned pregnancy, damaged or lost phone, losing your job, getting kicked out of school, memory loss and so many more.

Despite the fact that all these things are happening, students do not stop binge drinking. Teens don’t care about their health. They are more concerned about having a good time, feeling older, fitting in with the cool crowds and feel that it will relieve their stress. But how do we get this problem to stop? It’s overwhelming to think that a lot of parents do not know that their child might have a drinking problem because the teen denies the problem is present. What should we do then?  So spread the word and help a friend put down that beer!

By: Katelin Fields