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Why Your Golden Years Come with a Higher Risk of STDs 

While most people entering the retirement phase picture relaxing walks on the beach, extended vacations to new and exciting locations, and afternoons filled with enjoyable activities like pickleball or barbeque, another underlying issue has emerged in recent years. The rate of STDs among those 55 years or older is steadily increasing.  Gonorrhea alone, not to …

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Syndemics of Social Determinants of Health: HIV and STIs 

When it comes to public health, few concepts are as revealing as the idea of syndemics, especially in understanding diseases like HIV and STIs. Syndemics look at how diseases don’t just exist in isolation but are connected and often worsened by the social and economic conditions around them. This is especially true for HIV and …

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John Snow | Father of Contemporary Epidemiology

Picture a 19th-century London swathed in mist and plagued by a cholera epidemic. While most doctors are still blaming this health crisis on foul air—also known as the ‘miasma theory’—one physician isn’t buying it. Enter John Snow, a Yorkshire-born doctor with a razor-sharp intellect and a healthy dose of skepticism. He’s got a revolutionary idea: …

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Endometriosis: A Silent Epidemic

Endometriosis affects approximately one in ten women of reproductive age globally. Despite this widespread prevalence, however, it receives little attention in developed, high-income countries. Known to cause infertility and severe, debilitating symptoms, endometriosis is a painful condition even for women with access to modern medicine. In Sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease is common, endometriosis leaves …

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Unraveling Sickle Cell Disease: An In-Depth Examination

Sickle cell disease is part of a group of inherited disorders (notably sickle cell anemia) that affect the structure of red blood cells, the body’s oxygen carriers. Red blood cells, generally round and supple, navigate effortlessly through our blood vessels. However, in sickle cell anemia, some of these cells assume the shape of sickles or …

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West Nile Virus | Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Global Outbreaks

Unbeknownst to the resident of Syracuse, Utah, West Nile Virus was lurking in a nearby mosquito pool. Despite alarm among residents, the authorities have urged calm and are intensifying their mosquito management in the area. Indeed, no reported cases of West Nile Virus in humans are yet to occur in Utah in 2023. Nonetheless, the …

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Meningitis: Signs, Symptoms, and Its Global Impact

Meningitis – the word alone strikes fear into many parents’ hearts. Life-threatening and almost always severe, the consequences of meningitis aren’t like other infections. Deafness, epilepsy, and life-long cognitive deficits occur in infants and adolescents worldwide due to insufficient medical care. In 2019, 7.7 million people worldwide were diagnosed with meningitis leading to almost a …

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