This past Friday marked the beginning of the holiday shopping season. As flashy and sparkling advertisements of incredible sales and bargains flood the media and the internet, this year, I urge you to shop small and shop local. I urge you to shop for public health—and support our locally-owned businesses. How can we impact public […]Read more "Public Health is…Buying Local"
The food on our supermarket shelves is really a variation on just one: corn. Corn is in just about every non-perishable food manufactured in the United States, as well as in many perishable food items. This is not the corn kernels or cob people traditionally think of, but instead highly-processed versions of the grain (previously […]Read more "Public Health is….Variety"
When I tell people that I research gonorrhea, they often wonder why I waste my time: “Isn’t Gonorrhea easily treatable with a quick antibiotic regimen?” The short answer: a tentative yes. Want the fuller answer? Keep reading… Like many other bacteria, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacterium that causes gonorrhea (colloquially known as “the Clap”), has developed […]Read more "Public Health is… Nothing to Clap About"
The holidays are upon us! As we get ready to consume more food and drinks, we need to keep our oral and overall health in check. Each slice of honey glazed ham, sip of egg nog, and slice of pie affects your teeth, gums, breath, and general health. Tooth decay occurs when the sugars in […]Read more "Public Health is…Nursing Your Sweet Tooth."