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  • April 29, 2018 - Third-hand smoke just as deadly as first-hand smoke

    3rd hand smoke deadly as 1st hand smoke
    Graphic source:http://www.buzzle.com/articles/smoking/
    According to a University of California-Riverside report, "Third-hand smoke just as deadly as first-hand smoke":
    • "While first-hand smoke refers to the smoke inhaled by a smoker and second-hand smoke to the exhaled smoke and other substances emanating from the burning cigarette that can get inhaled by others, third-hand smoke is the second-hand smoke that gets left on the surfaces of objects, ages over time and becomes progressively more toxic.
    • Third-hand smoke is a potential health threat to children, spouses of smokers and workers in environments where smoking is, or has been, allowed. Contamination of the homes of smokers by third-hand smoke is high, both on surfaces and in dust, including children's bedrooms.
    • Re-emission of nicotine from contaminated indoor surfaces in these households can lead to nicotine exposure levels similar to that of smoking. Third-hand smoke, which contains strong carcinogens, has been found to persist in houses, apartments and hotel rooms after smokers move out.
    • (Mice studies have found:) In the liver, third-hand smoke was found to increase lipid levels and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a precursor to cirrhosis and cancer and a potential contributor to cardiovascular disease.
    • In the lungs, third-hand smoke was found to simulate excess collagen production and high levels of inflammatory cytokines (small proteins involved in cell signaling), suggesting propensity for fibrosis with implications for inflammation-induced diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.
    • In wounded skin, healing in mice exposed to third-hand smoke showed many characteristics of the kind of poor healing observed in human smokers who have gone through surgery."
    • Finally, in behavioral tests the mice exposed to third-hand smoke showed hyperactivity.
    • "More recently we have found that exposure to third-hand smoke results in changes that can lead to type II diabetes even when the person is not obese,"
    • Children in environments where smoking is, or has been allowed, are at significant risk for suffering from multiple short-term and longer health problems, many of which may not manifest fully until later in life."
    • Research has shown that children living with one or two adults who smoke in the home, where second- and third-hand smoke are abundant, are absent 40 percent more days from school due to illness than children who did not live with smokers."
    • Citation source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140130190453.htm
  • April 28, 2018 - April 28th is World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    World Day for Safety and Health Day
    Graphic source: http://www.ilo.org/legacy/english/protection/safework/worldday/products06/emblem_en.gif
    Occupational hazards

    For more information, see World Day for Safety and Health at Work

  • April 27, 2018 - Third-Hand Smoke

    Effects of smoking in a closed bedroom
    Graphic source: http://cancer.dartmouth.edu/focus/children_third_hand_smoke.html

    According Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center's "Protect Children from Third Hand Smoke Exposure" Studies have shown that when just one cigarette was smoked in a bedroom with the door closed, it took two hours for particulates in the air to return to below the threshold for harm. Figure: Ott et al. 2003. J. Air & Waste Manage. Assoc.

    • "What happens when second hand smoke collects on our clothes, or in the car seats, furniture, carpets, and even the wallboard that surround us? The contamination that persists after second hand smoke has dissipated is called third hand smoke (THS).
    • Researchers have identified significant amounts of toxins from third hand smoke in homes and cars of smokers even months after no smoking has occurred. Residual pollutants remain on surfaces and in dust; they re-emit as nicotine gas or as ultrafine particles; and they can collect in textiles and other materials to create a reservoir that emits gas over time. These pollutants can also react with other compounds in the environment, like ozone, to create secondary pollutants.
    • Even when parents understand the dangers of second hand smoke in the home, many think it is safe to smoke in a car if children aren't in it.
    • But smoking in the car creates an especially intense environment for third hand smoke exposure. The nicotine can combine with nitrous acid from exhaust to create cancer-causing tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNAs) that settle into the dust on the dashboard, seats, and carpets. And these TSNA's can be absorbed through the skin—when you open a glove compartment or dust off the dash with your hand."
    • Citation source: http://cancer.dartmouth.edu/focus/children_third_hand_smoke.html

  • April 26, 2018 - Statewide comprehensive* smoke-free air laws — United States,† December 31, 2015§

    Smoke-free air laws
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6524a4.htm

    For updated information, see State and Local Comprehensive Smoke-Free Laws for Worksites, Restaurants, and Bars — United States, 2015 6/2016 MMWR

  • April 25, 2018 - April 25th is National DNA Day!

    DNA Day
    Graphic source: https://www.genome.gov/10506367

    For more information about Genomics, see Genomics and CDC's Celebrate National DNA Day on April 25th!

  • April 25, 2018 - April 25th is World Malaria Day!

    Malaria Life Cycle
    Graphic source: http://i2.wp.com/www.orakonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Malaria-life-cycle.png

    For more information, see The President's Malaria Initiative Tenth Annual Report to Congress | April 2016

  • April 24, 2018 - The Cost of Second-Hand Smoke (SHS)

    Cost of smoking
    Graphic source: http://www.healthxchange.com.sg/News/Pages/thecostofsmoking.aspx
  • April 23, 2018 - Tobacco Use and Cardiovascular Disease

    Tobacco CVD
    Graphic source: https://twitter.com/FDATobacco/status/962056895392436227
  • April 22, 2018 - April 22 - 28 is National Infertility Awareness Week

    National Infertility Awareness Week
    Graphic source: http://i2.wp.com/img1.dzmind.com/images/screen-shot-2013-04-21-at-3-01-08-pm.png?w=600

    For more information, see Women's Health

  • April 22, 2018 - April 22nd is Earth Day!

    April 22 is Earth Day
    Graphic source: http://usamania.wikispaces.com/Earth+Day
    Earth from Mercury
    Graphic source: http://earthsky.org/space/earth-images-from-space

    For more information, see Environmental Health and NASA's There's No Place Like Home and Our Home World From Afar

  • April 21, 2018 - April 21 - April 28, 2018 is National Infant Immunization Week

    National Infant Immunization week
    Graphic source: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/index.html
    Infant Immunization Schedule
    Graphic source: https://www.immunizenevada.org/news/why-it-important-follow-newborn-2-year-old-immunization-schedule

    For more information, see NIIW (National Infant Immunization Week)

  • April 20, 2018 - April 20th is Volunteer Recognition Day!

    Volunteer Recognition Day
    Graphic source: http://blog.tdstelecom.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/volunteer_recognition_day.jpg
    Health Benefits of Volunteering
    Graphic source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/554716879077176086/
  • April 19, 2018 - April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Child Abuse Prevention Month
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childmaltreatment/index.html

    Child Abuse Prevention Month
    Graphic source: http://voxxi.com/2013/04/24/child-abuse-prevention-month-signs/

    Child Abuse Prevention Month
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pub/technical-packages/infographic/CAN.html

    For more information, see National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities

  • April 18, 2018 - April 18th National Transgender HIV Testing Day

    Transgender Testing Day
    Graphic source: http://transhealth.ucsf.edu/trans?page=ev-nthtd-2016

    Find out where you can get tested at: Act Against AIDS

    For more info, see TRANS HIV TESTING TOOLKIT

  • April 17, 2018 - April is STD Awareness Month: 2018 theme - Treat Me Right

    Top risks factors for getting STD
    Graphic source:http://uproxx.com/smokingsection/std-awareness-month-2013-facts/
    Treat Me Right
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/std/sam/

    If partner is infected
    Graphic source:http://uproxx.com/smokingsection/std-awareness-month-2013-facts/

  • April 16, 2018 - April 16th is National Stress Awareness Day

    Be calm and stress aware
    Graphic source: http://jkstalent.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/keep-calm-and-be-stress-aware-257x300.png

    For more information, see Stress information

  • April 15, 2018 - April is National Donate Life Month

    April is Donate Life Month
    Graphic source: http://donatelife.net/april2014/

    For more information, see America National Donate Life Month and Organ Donation Information

  • April 14, 2018 - April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

    Distracted Driving Awareness Month
    Graphic source: https://www.nsc.org/pages/ddam/ddam-materials
    Distracted Driving Awareness Month
    Graphic source: https://www.nsc.org/pages/ddam/ddam-materials

  • April 13, 2018 - April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Sexual Assault History
    Graphic source: http://www.bachelorsdegreeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/sexual-assault-month/infographic-sexualssaultawarenessmonth.png

    Sexual Assault Awareness Month
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pub/technical-packages/infographic/SV.html

    For more information, see Technical Packages for Violence Prevention: Using Evidence-based Strategies in Your Violence Prevention Efforts & Domestic Violence Information

  • April 12, 2018 - April is Alcohol Awareness Month

    Alcohol Awareness Month
    Graphic source: http://dekalbcountyonline.com/2014/04/april-is-alcohol-awareness-month/

    For more information, see Alcohol

  • April 11, 2018 - April 11th is National Pet Day

    National Pet Day
    Graphic source: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-pet-day-april-11/
  • April 10, 2018 - April 10th is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

    April 10th National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day logo with red ribbon on multicolor background

    For more information, see National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day #NYHAAD

  • April 9, 2018 - April is National Minority Health Month!

    April is National Minority Health Month
    Graphic source: http://www.cdc.gov/features/minorityhealth/minorityhealth_456px.jpg

    For more information, check Minority Health Information

  • April 8, 2018 - Public Health Expertise Network of Mentors (PHENOM)

    Public Health Expertise Network of Mentors
    Are you looking for a challenging career? Then join a diverse group of public health professionals who work all over the world, protecting mankind from itself and others and championing the beauty and the gift of Nature that is our environment.

    Who are public health professionals?

    • We are health communicators and educators spreading the word about how to live well and long;
    • We are epidemiologists studying disease while developing strategies to prevent its spread;
    • We are sanitarians ensuring that our food and water will not make us sick;
    • We are health care providers working to ensure that everyone can get the preventive services needed to stay healthy, and that the health services provided meet the standards of medical care;
    • We are policy makers advocating for and developing laws to protect the Public good;
    • We are disaster preparedness experts supporting the important work of first responders;
    • We are professors teaching future practitioners the basic principles needed to develop effective interventions that are evidence-based;
    • We work at all levels of government, and in any organization that share our vision of Public Health; and
    • We are grass roots advocates and coalition builders interested in empowering communities short on resources;
    • But, most of all, we collaborate with anyone and everyone to get the work done;
    • And, we do our best work totally unnoticed, because when the work doesn't get done, you will know it.

    Yes, we are all these things and more! Checkout our online directory of 70 Public Health Professionals.

    The Public Health Expertise Network of Mentors (PHENOM) has been around for over 20 years. Contact anyone of these professionals listed and learn more about what they do and what you can do if you join us, as we all work the field of Public Health!

  • April 7, 2018 - April 7 is World Health Day - Focus on Universal Health Coverage

    World Health Day
    Graphic source: https://ih0.redbubble.net/image.294348831.4283/flat,800x800,070,f.jpg

    For more information, see Focus on Universal Health Coverage WHO.int

  • April 6, 2018 - April 6th is World Day for Physical Activity

    World Day for Physical activity
    Graphic source: http://www.rafapana.org/index.php/en/world-day-of-p-a
  • April 5, 2018 - One Cigarette a Day...

    Smoking CVD and stroke risk
    Graphic source: https://www.statista.com/chart/12670/a-cigarette-a-day-wont-keep-the-doctor-away/

    A Cigarette a Day Won't Keep the Doctor Away

  • April 4, 2018 - National Walking Day! (First Wednesday of April)

    Walking Benefits
    Graphic source: https://www.developgoodhabits.com/benefits-of-walking/

    See Walking for your Health NIH.gov
    100 Reasons to Walk…

  • April 3, 2018 - The Strangest Space Stories Of 2017

    The Strangest Space Stories Of 2017
  • April 2, 2018 - April 2 - 8, 2018 is National Public Health Week

    NPHW 2018
    Graphic source: http://www.nphw.org/nphw-2018

    The first full week of April has been declared National Public Health Week (NPHW) since 1995. It's nice to have one week devoted to celebrating the importance of Public Health. For more information, see Public Health Practice and National Public Health Week

  • April 1, 2018 - April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

    Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
    Graphic source: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/73/2b/52/732b5299106c1c1ec81cfb49085f499e.jpg
    Testicular Cancer Month
    Graphic source: Healthy E-male Newsletter

    For more information, see Testicular Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated in April of each year

  • March 30, 2018 - Scientists witness gravitational waves from a never-before-seen kind of nova

  • March 29, 2018 - Two Neutron Stars Collide

  • March 28, 2018 - Pregnant Women, Smoking and Birth Defects

    Pregnant Women Smoking and Birth Defects
    Graphic source: https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/PublicHealthEducation/HealthInformation/ucm445713.htm
  • March 27, 2018 - Women's Health and Smoking

    Second Hand Smoke and Babies
    Graphic source: https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/PublicHealthEducation/HealthInformation/ucm445713.htm
  • March 26, 2018 - March is National Kidney Month

    National Kidney Month
    Graphic source: https://i2.wp.com/renaponline.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/National-Kidney-Month2.jpg

    For more information, see National Kidney Month — March 2017

  • March 25, 2018 - The Burden of Tuberculosis

    TB TB

    Graphic source: http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/infographic/default.htm

  • March 24, 2018 - March 24th is World TB Day

    End TB Day
    Graphic source: http://www.cdc.gov/tb/modules/worldtbday/social-media-square-image-cdc_600x600.jpg

    TB
    Graphic source: http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/infographic/default.htm

    For more information, see CDC's World TB Day and, Tuberculosis

  • March 24, 2018 - March 24th - Earth Hour (8:30 PM - 9:30 PM) - Raising Awareness about Climate Change

    Earth Hour
    Graphic source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Hour
    Earth hour
    Graphic source: http://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/earth-hour

  • March 23, 2018 - Women's Health and Smoking

    Smoking and Women's Health
    Graphic source: https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/PublicHealthEducation/HealthInformation/ucm445713.htm
  • March 23, 2018 - March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    Colorectal Cancer Awareness
    Graphic source:http://www.caycare.com/2017/02/28/march-national-colorectal-cancer-awareness-month/
  • March 22, 2018 - March 22nd is World Water Day

    World Water Day
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/features/worldwaterday/index.html
    World Water Day
    Graphic source: WHO

    For more information, see World Water Day 2018

  • March 21, 2018 - March 21st is Kick Butts Day

    Kick Butts Day
    Graphic source: https://www.kickbuttsday.org/

    For more information, see Tobacco Resources on the Net

  • March 20, 2018 - March 20th is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

    Traumatic Brain Injury
    Graphic source: National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
  • March 20, 2018 - March 20th is Brain Injury Awareness Day

    Traumatic Brain Injury
    Graphic source: https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/risk-of-injuries-info.jpg
    Brain Injury Awareness Month
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/resources/graphics.html

    For more information, see Heads Up and Brain Injury Awareness Day is March 20, 2018

  • March 20, 2018 - March 20th is the First Day of Spring!

    Spring Equinox
    Graphic source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/582890/pagasa-day-almost-as-long-as-night-during-spring-equinox

    Equinox and Solstice
    Graphic source: http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-vernal-or-spring-equinox

    When Is the First Day of Spring 2018? 4 Things to Know About the Equinox
    March equinox: All you need to know

  • March 19, 2018 - March 19 - 23, 2018 is National Youth Violence Prevention Week

    Youth Violence Prevention Week
    Graphic source: https://allevents.in/independence/national-youth-violence-prevention-week/802678583266712

    For more information, see A Comprehensive Technical Package for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Associated Risk Behaviors

  • March 18, 2018 - Optimising sleep for night shifts

    Night Shift Sleep
    Graphic source: http://www.bmj.com/content/bmj/suppl/2018/03/01/bmj.j5637.DC1/night_shift_sleep_v24_web.pdf
  • March 18, 2018 - National Poison Prevention Week is March 18 - 24, 2018

    National Poison Prevention Week
    Graphic source: http://www.aapcc.org/prevention/nppw/
  • March 17, 2018 - The Look of Sleep Deprivation

    600
    Graphic source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/08/sleep-deprivation_n_4557142.html

    For more information, see Here’s A Horrifying Picture Of What Sleep Loss Will Do To You and Sleep Resources on the Internet

  • March 16, 2018 - NATIONAL PANDA DAY

    National Panda Day
    Graphic source: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/2018/03/15/march-16-2018-national-panda-day-national-everything-you-do-is-right-day-national-freedom-of-information-day-national-artichoke-hearts-day/
  • March 16, 2018 - Negative Effects of Sleep Deprivation

    Negative Effects of Sleep Deprivation
    Graphic source: http://www.prosperousheart.com/tag/sleep-deprivation/
    Sleep Deprivation
    Graphic source: http://www.howsleepworks.com/images/sleep_deprivation.jpg
  • March 15, 2018 - What Happens When You Sleep

    Your body loves sleep
    Graphic source: http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/2014_Sleep_0.png
  • March 14, 2018 - It's Pi Day!

    Pi Day Countdown

    People Think It's an Interesting Coincidence That Stephen Hawking Died on Pi Day

  • March 13, 2018 - How Much Sleep Should You Be Getting?

    Hours of Sleep
    Graphic source: http://blog.mass.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/how_much_large.jpg
  • March 12, 2018 - Stages of Sleep

    Sleep Stages
    http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0167/2600/files/sleep_stages_grande.gif?1728
  • March 11, 2018 - March 11 - 17 is National Sleep Awareness Week!

    Sleep Awareness Week
    Graphic source: https://sleepfoundation.org/sites/default/files/Save-the-Date-Banner-V1.jpg
    Good sleep
    Graphic source: https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/2287691/blog%20images/national%20sleep%20foundation%20marpac%20infographic.jpg

    For more information, see Sleep Resources on the Internet & How much sleep do you need? CDC.gov

  • March 11, 2018 - It's Daylight Savings Time!

    Spring forward
    DST
    Graphic source: http://media.cleveland.com/datacentral/photo/daylight-savings-timejpg-1943d348cc878305.jpg
    DST
    Graphic source: http://surveyofchristianity.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/DaylightSavingTimeBegins_ClocksForward_f_250.jpg
    DST
    Graphic source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/daylight-saving-time-2017_us_58bdb6a9e4b033be1467465c
  • March 11, 2018 - March 11 - 17, 2018 is National Ground Water Awareness Week

    National Groundwater Awareness Week
    Graphic source: http://www.ngwa.org/Documents/Awareness/awareness-week-poster.pdf

    For more information, see CDC's Ground Water Awareness Week and National Groundwater Awareness Week

  • March 10, 2018 - March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

    National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - March 10
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/library/awareness/nwghaad.html

    For more information, see National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - March 10

  • March 9 - 10, 2018 - National Day of Unplugging (Usually the first weekend in March)

    Unplug day
    Graphic source: https://www.nationaldayofunplugging.com/about-us/
    Unplug day
    Graphic source: https://www.nationaldayofunplugging.com/about-us/
  • March 9, 2018 - 74 Things That Blew Our Minds in 2017

    74 Things That Blew Our Minds in 2017
  • March 8, 2018 - March 8th is World Kidney Day 2018

    World Kidney Day
    Graphic source: http://www.worldkidneyday.org/2018-campaign/2018-wkd-theme/

    This year the emphasis is on: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is more common in women than men, but fewer women are on dialysis—the treatment used when CKD has progressed to kidney failure.

    One reason is that CKD progresses more slowly in women, so they don’t need dialysis as soon as men. But awareness may play an even bigger role; women are less likely to know they have moderate to severe CKD, so they start dialysis later or receive no dialysis at all. Source: CDC.gov

    For more information, see Kidneys & Women’s Health: Include, Value, Empower

  • March 8, 2018 - March 8th is International Women's Day

    International Women's Day
    Graphic source: https://themuslimtimesdotinfodotcom.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/womens-day.jpg
  • March 7, 2018 - The 10 Biggest Archaeology Discoveries of 2017

    The 10 Biggest Archaeology Discoveries of 2017

  • March 6, 2018 - Top 10 science stories of 2017

    Top 10 science stories of 2017
  • March 5, 2018 - March is National Nutrition Month

    March is National Nutrition Month
    Graphic source: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/national-nutrition-month

    For more information, see Choosemyplate.gov and Nutrition Resources on the Net

  • March 4, 2018 - Daylight's Saving Time Begins Next Sunday - Here's what to do now!

    Daylight Savings Time
    Graphic source: http://www.visualnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/HowtoHackDaylightSavingTime.jpg

  • March 3, 2018 - March 3rd is World Hearing Day

    World Hearing Day
    Graphic source: http://www.who.int/deafness/world-hearing-day/whd-2018/en/
    Hearing loss
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/hearing_loss/shareable_media.html

    For more information, see Loud Noise Can Cause Hearing Loss

  • March 3, 2018 - March 3rd is World Birth Defects Day

    World Birth Defects Day
    Graphic source: http://www.edsa.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/WBDD_Logo.png

    For more information, see March of Dimes - World Birth Defects Day ; World Birth Defects Day — March 3, 2017 MMWR and World Birth Defects Day (WBDD) Advocacy Toolkit #WorldBDDay

  • March 2, 2018 - 2017 Was the Second Hottest Year on Record

    Temp Anomalies 2017
    Graphic source: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=91604

    Dec 2017
    Map source: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a012800/a012822/Tweet6_US.gif

  • March 1, 2018 - 2017 Takes Second Place for Hottest Year

    Global warming Trends
    Map source: https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a012800/a012822/Tumblr1_Temp.gif

    Global warming
    Map Source: NASA-2017TempDataGlobe.gif https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/vis/a010000/a012800/a012822/Rotating_Globe.gif

  • February 28, 2018 - The 100 Most Amazing Space Photos of 2017

    The 100 Most Amazing Space Photos of 2017
  • February 27, 2018 - 2017's Megadisasters

    Megadisasters devastated America this year. They’re going to get worse.
  • February 26, 2018 - 2017 was a dumpster fire of privacy and security screw-ups

    2017 was a dumpster fire of privacy and security screw-ups
  • February 22, 2018 - February 22, 2017 is the Great American Spit Out Day!

    The Great American Spit Out
    Graphic source:http://hmassoc.org/get-prepared-for-great-american-spit-out-feb-23-2017/

    Smokeless Tobacco Health Effect
    Graphic source: https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/ProductsIngredientsComponents/ucm542713.htm

    Smokeless Tobacco Health Effect
    Graphic source: https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/ProductsIngredientsComponents/ucm542713.htm

    Smokeless Tobacco Health Effect
    Graphic source: https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/ProductsIngredientsComponents/ucm542713.htm

    Smokeless Tobacco Health Effect
    Graphic source: https://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/ProductsIngredientsComponents/ucm542713.htm

    Chewing tobacco and teens
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/infographics/youth/images/athlete-tobacco-700.png?s_cid=bb-osh-youth-image-004

  • February 21, 2018 - The Year in Pictures, 2017

    The Year in Pictures
  • February 20, 2018 - 8 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018

    8 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2017
  • February 19, 2018 - The Year in Discovery: The 50 Greatest Finds of 2017

    The Year in Discovery: The 50 Greatest Finds of 2017
  • February 16, 2018 - Happy Chinese New Year!

    Happy Chinese New Year 2018
    Graphic source: http://metro.co.uk/2018/02/13/heres-how-to-wish-someone-a-happy-chinese-new-year-in-chinese-and-its-not-gong-hei-fat-choy-7221181/

    Happy Chinese New Year 2018

  • February 15, 2018 - 10 Strangest Medical Cases of 2017

    The 10 Strangest Medical Cases of 2017
  • February 14, 2018 - Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day

    Congenital heart defects Congenital Heart Disease Week
    Graphic source: https://globalheartnetwork.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/chdweek.jpg

    For more information, see Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week — February 7–14, 2017

  • February 13, 2018 - 10 Weirdest Sea Monsters of 2017

    The 10 Weirdest Sea Monsters of 2017
  • February 12, 2018 - The biggest, baddest, and most incredible scientific breakthroughs of 2017

    The biggest, baddest, and most incredible scientific breakthroughs of 2017
  • February 11, 2018 - The Top 7 Climate Findings of 2017

  • The Top 7 Climate Findings of 2017 12/2017
  • February 10, 2018 - Annual E-mail Statistics, Part 3

    2017 E-mails, Betty C. Jung Welcome back to a look at my E-mail statistics! Here is another way of looking at the total of E-mails I have to deal with on a daily basis.

    For 2017, I only got about 243 E-mails a day. This is down from a high of 2014's 336/day! The percentage of spam E-mails is now down to 20%, from a high of 50% in 2014! Over the years I have discovered that with a spam filter in place I can just delete everything that ends up in the spam inbox. So cathartic when I press "delete." One can only imagine how much paper would be wasted if all this was snail mail.

  • February 9, 2018 - Annual E-mail Statistics, Part 2

    2017 E-mails, Betty C. Jung Welcome to a look at my E-mail statistics! This time I can actually do a 5-year trend analysis!

    Here is a line chart of the total number of E-mails I got on an annual basis. The good news is I am getting less spam these days, and have actually got less E-mails in 2017 than I did in the previous 4 years!

  • February 8, 2018 - Annual E-mail Statistics, Part 1

    2017 E-mails, Betty C. Jung Welcome to a look at my E-mail statistics! Since 2012, I have been diligent about keeping track of how many E-mails I get on a daily basis.

    I started doing this because I tell people that I am constantly inundated with E-mails. I would say that I get hundreds. And, then people would say that nobody gets hundreds.

    So, like the epidemiologist that I am (among other things), I decided that I will track the number of E-mails I get and then analyze the results.

    Here is a bar chart of the total number of E-mails I got in 2017, per month. The monthly totals are categorized as either regular E-mail and Spam. For 2018, I got 88,676! Yes, indeed, I do get hundreds of E-mails a day! However, I am glad to report that this total is 15K less than year!

  • February 7, 2018 - February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

    National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - February 7
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/library/awareness/nbhaad.html

    For more information, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - February 7

  • February 6, 2018 - Safer Internet Day

    Safer Internet Day
    Graphic source: https://www.saferinternetday.org/documents/167024/1578453/SID2018_EC_Insafe_INHOPE.jpg/554a30d1-8083-44cf-877d-4f8d25728dc7?t=1501589393000

    For more information, see Safer Internet Day

  • February 6, 2018 - Top-trending searches on Google in 2017

    2017 Google searches
    Graphic source: https://www.marketingcharts.com/featured-81721/attachment/google-top-trending-searches-of-2017-dec2017
  • February 5, 2018 - 18 New Science Facts You Learned in 2017

    The Most Intriguing Alien Planet Discoveries of 2017
  • February 4, 2018 - World Cancer Day

    World Cancer Day
    Graphic source: http://www.imgnaly.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/World-Cancer-Day-Picture.png

  • February 3, 2018 - weather.com's Top 10 U.S. Weather Stories of 2017

    Top 10 U.S. Weather Stories of 2017
  • February 2, 2018 - National Wear Red Day, Focusing on Women and Heart Disease

    Wear Red Day
    Graphic source: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/sites/default/files/inline-images/SocMed_Post_WearRed_Final1_2.jpg

    Female Heart Disease Deaths
    Map graphic: https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/images/fs_women_heart.jpg

    Gender Differences Heart Attack Symptoms
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/signs_symptoms.htm

  • February 1, 2018 - 20+ Science Facts We Didn't Know at The Start of 2017

    20+ Science Facts We Didn't Know at The Start of 2017
  • January 31, 2018 - Total Lunar Eclipse

    Jan 31 2018 Lunar Eclipse
    Graphic source: https://www.space.com/39208-super-blue-blood-moon-guide.html

    Jan 18 2018 Lunar Eclipse
    Graphic source: http://earthsky.org/tonight/super-blue-moon-eclipse-on-january-31
    Total Lunar Eclipse
    Graphic source: https://www.space.com/39208-super-blue-blood-moon-guide.html

  • January 30, 2018 - Grand Canyon Cloud Inversion

    SKYGLOWPROJECT.COM: KAIBAB ELEGY from Harun Mehmedinovic on Vimeo.

  • January 29, 2018 - January 29 - February 2, 2018 is Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

    TaxID theft awareness week
    Graphic source: http://blog.mass.gov/consumer/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2018/01/tax-id-theft-awareness-week-horizontal.jpg

    Tax Identity Awareness Week

  • January 29, 2018 - Top 10 Retractions of 2017

    Top 10 Retractions of 2017 The Scientist
  • January 28, 2018 - January 28 is Data Privacy Day

    Data Privacy Day
    Graphic source: http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Data-Privacy-Day-January-28-e1481905186972.jpg

    For more information, see Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust is the theme for Data Privacy Day (DPD)

  • January 27, 2018 - January is National Stalking Awareness Month

    76% of female homicide victims were stalked before they died
    Graphic source: http://www.swiwc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/76-femicide-twitter-1500x1000.jpg

    Stalking tips
    Graphic source: http://nypdnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/stalking_tips2_REVISED.03.png

  • January 26, 2018 - January is National Stalking Awareness Month

    National Stalking Awareness Month
    Graphic source: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/opinion/2014/02/04/web-essay-be-vigilant-to-stop-stalking/5207249/
    Stalking Prevention
    Graphic source: https://www.cdc.gov/features/prevent-stalking/infographic.html

    For more information, see Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop it. CDC.gov

  • January 25, 2018 - Don't be a Casualty Statistic This Year

    Drowsy Driving
    Graphic source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyamohn/2016/12/11/drivers-who-miss-one-to-two-hours-of-sleep-double-their-crash-risk-new-report-finds/#1cd4c61832c8
    Crash risk
    Graphic source: https://www.aaafoundation.org/sites/default/files/SleepImpactCrashRiskLarge.jpg
  • January 24, 2018 - 90:10 The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Stress

    For more information, see 16 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health In 2016

  • January 23, 2018- SpaceX Iridium 4 Launch from Alhambra, CA

  • January 21, 2018- Successful Losers

    Sucessful Losers
    Graphic source: http://www.livescience.com/52992-weight-loss-safely-be-healthy.html
  • January 20, 2018- January 20 - 26 is Healthy Weight Week in Australia. It should be global!

    Healthy weight week
    Graphic source: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/b9/2f/64/b92f64e29121f5c5c1dcb49583c15779--healthy-weight-weightloss.jpg

    The surprising message of Healthy Weight Week 2017

  • January 19, 2018- How to Make or Break a Habit

    Just do it
    Graphic source: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/mental-health/how-to-make-or-break-a-habit

    See: How to Make or Break a Habit

  • January 18, 2018 - The Status of New Year Resolutions

    New Year Resolutions
    Graphic source: http://www.confused.com/news-views/infographics/new-years-resolutions

    See New Year’s Res-Illusions: Food Shopping in the New Year Competes with Healthy Intentions Plosone.org 12/2014

  • January 17, 2018- The True Trajectory of Lifestyle Changes

    Lifestyle Changes
    Graphic source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/lindsayhunt/healthy-eating-cheat-sheets#.sdEA1KvAL
  • January 16, 2018- January is National Smoking Reduction Month...in Canada. Should be global!

    National Smoking Reduction Month
    Graphic source: https://secure3.convio.net/ccssk/images/content/pagebuilder/Revised_tobacco_banner_2013_960.jpg
  • January 15, 2018- January 15 - 21, 2018 is National Non-Smoking Week...in Canada. Should go global!

    Canada's National Non-smoking week
    Graphic source: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7175/6709783887_a9174d6094.jpg
  • January 14, 2018 - Scientists witness gravitational waves from a never-before-seen kind of nova

  • January 13, 2018 - Two Neutron Stars Collide

  • January 12, 2018- The Breathing Earth. One year of seasonal transformations on Earth


    one year of seasons
    Graphic source: http://earthsky.org/tonight/years-shortest-season-starts-with-december-solstice Created by John Nelson using images from the NASA Visual Earth team.
  • January 11, 2018- Why New Year's Resolutions Fail

    Why your New Year’s resolutions often fail BBC.com

  • January 11, 2018 - January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day

    SexTrafficking stats

    Recruitment Tactics
    Graphic source: https://www.api-gbv.org/about-gbv/types-of-gbv/trafficking/

  • January 10, 2018 - New Year Resolutions Statistics

    New Year Resolution Stats
    Graphic source: http://brandongaille.com/24-fabulous-new-years-resolution-statistics/
  • January 9, 2018 - CNN: The top New Year's resolution - "It's not the destination, it's a journey"

  • January 8, 2018 - The start of a new year is a good time to make a change!

    Trying to quit smoking? Here's the most effective strategy 3/2016

  • January 7, 2018 - New Year's Resolutions? Annual revisions?

    New year revisions
    Graphic source: http://smartypantsvitamins.com/healthy-habits-15-strategies-to-keep-them/#more-4162

    Why New Year’s resolutions fail… and how to make them stick 12/2016

  • January 6, 2018 - Resolutions?

    Calvin and Hobbes and new year's resolutions
    Graphic source: http://yogaspy.com/2012/01/03/pranayama-sleep-and-other-new-years-resolutions/
  • January 5, 2018 - 2016 Resolutions, by Age Group


    Graphic source: http://www.ibtimes.com/does-exercise-work-why-losing-weight-new-year-will-be-harder-you-think-2467609
  • January 4, 2018 - Resolutions

    2018 New Year Resolutions
    Graphic source: https://www.statista.com/chart/12386/the-most-common-new-years-resolutions-for-2018/

  • January 3, 2018 - 50 Practices for Living a Well-designed Life

    Life Tips
    Graphic source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/132504414015210086
  • January 2, 2018 - If Twitter and Instagram had been invented in the '80s...


  • January 1, 2018- Happy New Year!

    Happy 2018
    Graphic source: https://androidtutorial.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Happy-New-Year-Images-2018-HD-1.jpg
    France fireworks
    Graphic source: http://giphy.com/gifs/2013-happy-new-year-dgAH5jjyrvTa0

    going to be 2018
    Graphic source: Pri-med email

  • August 25, 2017 - www.bettycjung.net is now 18 Years Old!

    18 years and counting, thanks for visiting over the years!

    Happy 18th birthday!
    Graphic Source: http://www.lovethispic.com/uploaded_images/222505-Happy-18th-Birthday.jpg
    It is hard to believe that it has been 18 years since I published the first webpages that turned into this Web site. Many thanks to the thousands of visitors who contributed millions of hits during the past 15 years, and for all the nice comments along the way. I will continue to strive to make this Web site a worthwhile place to spend your time and find credible public health and health information. Thank you so much!

  • October 17, 2014 - October is Health Literacy Month

    Health Literacy Month
    Graphic source: http://www.healthliteracymonth.org/
    Be a Health Literacy Hero! I am!

    For Health Literacy Month, the Healthliteracymonth.org is accepting stories from any person who or organization that addresses health literacy in their work. There is a listing of those who have submitted their stories.

    Read my story of how I am teaching my students to be saavy about the health information that is found outline!

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