Public Health

Lung caner is still a major health issue globally

Smoking-related lung cancer rates are expected to drop dramatically over the next 50 years, but lung cancer will continue to be a significant health...

How to combat the opioid epidemic

In the U.S. 115 people die from opioids every day. The number of opioid overdoses increased fivefold from 1999 to 2016. While increased funding for...

5 vaccination myths everyone should know

In a recent study, researchers from Rice University revealed recurring misconceptions about vaccination that need to be challenged. Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and...

Earth doesn’t have sufficient fruits and vegetables to feed all the people, study shows

If everyone on the planet wanted to eat a healthy diet, there wouldn’t be enough fruit and vegetables to go around, according to a...

Halloween safety: Costumes, sandy, and colored contact lenses

Whether you’re a ghost or zombie, vampire or witch, poor costume choices—including decorative (colored) contact lenses and flammable costumes—and face paint allergies can cause...

Where you live could determine how much opioid you can get

In a recent study, researchers at Penn Medicine found that where people live in the U.S. could determine how many opioids they can get. Patients...

Need health insurance in 2019? Now’s the time to act

No matter what kind of coverage you have — or whether you have health insurance at all — this is a crucial time for...

Why did the flu kill 80,000 Americans last year

The 2017-2018 flu season was historically severe. Public health officials estimate that 900,000 Americans were hospitalized and 80,000 diedfrom the flu and its complications. For comparison,...

4.6% of people in Massachusetts may have opioid addiction

In a recent study, researchers estimate that more than 275,000 people—or 4.6% of people over the age of 11 in Massachusetts- have opioid use...

Air pollution and noise could increase your heart attack risk

Where air pollution is high, the level of transportation noise is usually also elevated. But car, train and aircraft noise also increase the risk for...