Gloria Willson Pierret

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The Lasting Fallout of Fake Vaccination Programs

The U.S. government will no longer use vaccinations as a front to obtain intelligence, according to a newly-released letter from the White House to …

Conflict Can Jeopardize Your Health

People who said in response to a survey that they “often” or “always” experienced conflicts with people in their lives were <b>2 to 3 times</b> more likely than average to be dead 11 years later, according to a Danish study of nearly 10,000 middle-aged adults. The deaths were generally from illnesses such …

NYC Officials Follow Yelp Reviews To Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

Yelp: a sloppy restaurant's worst nightmare?<p>Yelp and its user reviews help discerning diners find a good spot to eat, but public health officials in New York City have now used the online guide for another purpose--to identify three previously unidentified outbreaks of foodborne illness. In the …

Public Health

Nearly one-third of morning-after pills in Peru are fake

A whopping 28 percent of morning-after pills in Peru are fake. A study published today in <i>PLOS ONE</i> relates how some emergency contraceptives contain inadequate amounts of active ingredients that, in many cases, aren't being released quickly enough into the body to be considered effective. This, the …

Pharmacies in poor neighborhoods are more likely to sell cigarettes

Pharmacies located in low-income and Latino communities are more likely to sell cigarettes and other tobacco products, a new study shows.<p>“Pharmacies …

Rethinking The Five-Second Rule: With Carpet, There's No Rush

Many of us will happily eat a gummy bear or cookie after it falls on the floor, as long as we snatch it up quickly. Say, five seconds or less, right?<p>Well, science just gave us another excuse to continue this food-saving habit, especially when it comes to carpet-dusted snacks.<p>Biology students at the …

The myth of the HIV-resistant gay woman has been debunked

Cases of HIV transmission between women have long been suspected within the LGBT community, but these have never confirmed by health officials. Unfortunately, this has caused many women to think of sex with other women as an HIV-free sexual sphere. So many were undoubtedly shocked today when US …

Minimum alcohol pricing may reduce health inequalities

It is often argued by libertarian think tanks that introducing minimum pricing for alcohol would disproportionately harm moderate drinkers, particularly those from low socioeconomic status backgrounds. Indeed, this was cited as a reason for the government dropping the policy it had previously …

Young adults who skip flu shot show most severe symptoms

A small study of hospital admissions shows that people, particularly young adults, who did not get this season’s flu vaccine needed the most …

The Full-Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean

I have to admit, I melt at the creaminess of full-fat yogurt.<p>It's an indulgence that we're told to resist. And I try to abide. (Stealing a bite of my daughter's YoBaby doesn't count, does it?)<p>The reason we're told to limit dairy fat seems pretty straightforward. The extra calories packed into the …

11 common disinfectants can’t kill HPV

Because commonly used disinfectants don’t kill human papillomavirus (HPV), hospitals may need policy changes to prevent non-sexual transmission of …

The Social Disparity Behind America’s Growing Obesity Gap

America is bursting at the seams. Two-thirds of adults and more than one third of kids and teenagers are overweight or obese. For children, obesity has more than doubled in the past thirty years, making it one of the biggest public health concerns in the United States.<p>Last August, health experts …

Can exercise keep moms from passing on diabetes?

Exercise during pregnancy can help protect the unborn offspring of obese mothers from diabetes and other health problems in later life, research with …

See HIV Infecting Gut Tissue

The virus collects in deep pockets in the intestine, and spreads from cell to cell in part by touch.<p>Highlighted in blue and purple in this electron microscope image are HIV-1 virions. As you can kind of tell from their surroundings, they're embedded in living tissue—this is HIV in the middle of …

HIV

Building Design Influences Bacterial Growth

The human microbiome has been in the news for several years now, as researchers have begun to unravel the importance of microbes living in and on our bodies. These bacteria and other microbial critters influence human health, and the composition and combination of various species have been linked …

Microbiology

Another Effect Of Racism: Accelerated Aging

For black men, racial discrimination speeds up aging at the cellular level, according to a new study.<p>A new study from the University of Maryland found that racism may speed aging at the cellular level. Researchers found signs of accelerated aging in African American men who reported being heavily …

Media literacy may trump anti-smoking lessons

To keep teenagers from starting to smoke, media literacy programs work better than traditional anti-smoking lessons, a new study suggests.<p>While …

To Make Healthier Choices, Color-Code Your Food (Green Means Go!)

Could a little red circle really make me bypass short ribs and mashed potatoes for some cod and rice instead? You've got to be kidding.<p>Well, a team of doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital sure think so — at least sometimes — and they have a study that backs them up.<p>It's research that hits …

Domestic Violence: The Secret Killer That Costs $8.3 Billion Annually

A woman comes to the doctor with depression, fatigue and insomnia. A co-worker stays late in the office even when there is not much to do. A sales associate appears tired and distracted.<p>For each of these individuals, domestic violence – physical, sexual, verbal, emotional or psychological abuse …

NFL Concussion Watch 2013

PBS Frontline has published the interactive data visualization, NFL Concussion Watch 2013 to summarize all of the player concussions reported in the …

Drug detectives: scientists want to crowdsource the discovery of new antibiotics

The ILIAD project looks to amass an army of citizen scientists<p>The last time we caught up with Josiah Zayner, he was busy devising a musical instrument that produces melodies based on the reactions of plant proteins to light. Now Zayner, a biophysicist and incoming synthetic biology fellow at NASA, …

Developing a public health-tracking system for follow-up of newborn screening metabolic conditions: a four-state pilot project structure and initial findings

Abstract<p>Purpose:<p>The aim of this study was to describe the methods, cases, and initial results of a pilot project using existing public health data …

Alcohol Companies Marketing with Music Lyrics | BU Today | Boston University

Almost anywhere you see young people, you hear their music—on the street, in groups, even in stores. It has enormous influence on them, as most …

Death rates for baby girls spike after typhoons

A study conducted before Typhoon Haiyan struck the islands earlier this month looked at the aftermath of tropical cyclones in the Philippines over …

Reinventing The Condom With Easy-On Tabs And Beef Tendon

When you hear the term "next-generation condom," beef tendon probably isn't the first thing that pops into your mind.<p>But a condom made from the cow part is one of 11 ideas to win $100,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in its reinvent-the-condom competition.<p>Another winning proposal uses a …

Feds Agree To Import Bexsero For Possible Use At Princeton

<b>PRINCETON, N.J. (AP)</b> — Federal health officials have agreed to import a meningitis vaccine approved in Europe and Australia but not the U.S. as …

Saving Academic Medicine from Obsolescence

The United States spent 17.9% of the GDP on healthcare in 2012. Academic medicine, which makes up, approximately, 20% of these costs ($540 billion), is under profound threat. Teaching hospitals and medical schools are faced with declining clinical revenue, dwindling research dollars and increasing …

The “All or None” Team-Based Approach to Coronary Artery Disease

<i>By simultaneously targeting nine goals for managing coronary artery disease (CAD), rather than addressing each one in isolation, Geisinger Health System has fostered team-based delivery of care and has greatly mitigated risk factors for its patients with CAD.</i><p><b>The Problem</b><p>Coronary artery disease …