Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Causes of Irregular Menstrual Periods in Women

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  • A good number of ladies often complain of irregular periods at some point or the other.
    Menstrual cycles are usually between 21-35 days with an average period of 5days. However, cycles shorter than 21 days or longer than 35 days are considered irregular.

    Thursday, March 9, 2017

    A Day Without a Woman and Why It Matters

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  • Image result for A day without a WomanYesterday we celebrated ourselves, women and all gender oppressed people of all backgrounds, race, nationality, immigration status, age or disability, religion, sexual identity, gender expression, and economic status.  

    On January 21st over 5 Million US demonstrators joined the Women’s March worldwide and over 1 Million in DC to make our voices heard. But it’s not over. We stood united yesterday in solidarity making March 8th A Day Without a Women to speak against for inequity, injustice and for the human rights of women.
    The first International Women’s Day took place in 1911 in Denmark, Switzerland, Germany and Austria (According to the International Women’s Day website).  On March 8th we reflect on the courageous acts of ordinary women, who have and continue to play an extraordinary role to eradicate the inequities that continue to plague women today: receiving lower wages, discrimination, sexual harassment and job insecurity (to name a few).

    Calculating Your Ovulation

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  • A lady’s menstrual cycle begins with a few days of menstrual flow with few eggs growing in the ovary. The egg matures usually within 2-3weeks and is released from the ovary into the fallopian tube where it can meet with a sperm surrounding it. The process where the egg is released from the ovary is called Ovulation.
    If there is no sperm to fertilize the egg, it dies and leaves the body as menstrual flow.

    Menstrual Hygiene Tips

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  • Menstruation is a general phenomenon among the female folks. People have devised different methods of hygiene and passed it on from generation to generation. Here are a few tips to note as regards your menstrual hygiene:

    Monday, March 6, 2017

    SPENT – Making Sense of Poverty

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  • With an office in Durham, North Carolina, the prestigious McKinney advertising agency developed and launched an interactive game called SPENT for its pro bono client Urban Ministries of Durham

    Inspired by such games as SimCity and FarmVille, SPENT combines a familiar virtual environment with the reality of those living in poverty. The game guides players through real dilemmas individuals and families make throughout the course of a month. Given $1,000 to live on, the goal is to end up with money left over at the end, however, the challenge is to have enough money at all. Players quickly learn how even minor changes in employment, transportation or health can have disastrous consequences.

    Learn more through McKinney’s video about the development of SPENT.

    After playing SPENT, Perpetue Bariyanga shared:
    As professionals, we tend to want to judge people that we meet. However, we never know what another person is going through.

    Sunday, February 26, 2017

    Calling for a Transformation in Trans-Health

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  • The right to health means that every individual has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, according to the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative. This means that this accessibility should be provided to individuals despite gender, race, sex, or economic standings. 

    However, this standard for health seems to falter even in this progressive day and age when it comes to individuals who have courageously chosen to confront their gender dysphoria and opt toward a more fulfilling life. Studies estimate that there are approximately 1.4 million adults who identify as transgender today in the United States, yet healthcare accessibility remains sparse. This is because of common misconceptions concerning trans-healthcare requirements, and the lack of insurance coverage on behalf of a wide number of providers. Moreover, it is estimated that only approximately 7% of medical schools incorporate LGBTQ related curriculum during their preclinical years, which explains the lack of specialists and refusal of care on the basis of expertise. 
    Therefore, in order to enable transgender individuals to have the same access to care as cis individuals, there must be better health care insurance, specialized for the needs of transgender individuals and an incorporation of transgender healthcare practices into medical school curricula. The raising of awareness concerning transgender healthcare needs and medication will prove immensely beneficial to truly enable heath care access for all, without stigma, prejudice, or ignorance. What other ways can we help to improve access for everyone? Comment below!       

    Meghana Pisupati
    Drexel IMS 2017

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    The Year of Climate Change and Health

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  • The American Public Health Association (APHA) has declared 2017 to be the Year of Climate Change and Health.

    What is climate change?

    Climate is the usual temperature, precipitation and other conditions that have prevailed in an area over a long period of time. While changes to the weather can occur in a matter of hours, climate changes take hundreds or even millions of years. However, even small changes can have big effects.

    According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), while fluctuations prior to the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s can be explained by natural events, recent changes cannot. It is extremely likely that human activities, such as burning coal, oil and gas, are the dominant forces behind recent global warming and subsequent climate change. Learn more...

    Why is climate change important to public health professionals?

    Climate change has the potential to:

    • Threaten human safety by increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme weather.
    • Disrupt food supply due to droughts, floods and increased plant disease vulnerability.
    • Increase risk of illness and death associated with more frequent, hotter days.
    • Lead to respiratory and cardiovascular issues due to poor air quality.
    • Cause outbreaks of vectorborne diseases in geographic areas, not previously hospitable.

    While every American is vulnerable to the impact climate change can have on their health, those that have a chronic disease, are elderly or poor are disproportionately at greater risk of injury or death related to climate change. The effects of climate change are obviously borderless and threaten the global population. Learn more...

    Is there a global plan to reduce climate change?