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Why Our Bodies Need Vitamin D

It’s the perennial summer conundrum. Though exposure to prolonged UV rays can cause skin damage, premature aging, and cancer, our bodies nevertheless need vitamin D to thrive. What is vitamin D? Vitamin D is a prohormone, or a substance that the body converts to…

ANA Releases Statement on Supreme Court Decision

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has released a statement concerning the recent Supreme Court decision. “ANA is deeply disappointed in the decision to upend Roe v. Wade, which we view as a legal protection of basic reproductive health rights and human rights,” says ANA…

Treating and Preventing Firework Injuries

A dangerous tradition Like sunshine and summer, Americans have associated fireworks with the 4th of July since its first celebration in 1777. In all states except Massachusetts, some form of consumer fireworks are legal. Unfortunately, they constitute a dangerous form of festivity. In 2020,…

Vector-Borne Diseases and How to Avoid Them

Vector-borne diseases — that is, diseases spread by vectors like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas — cause approximately 700,000 deaths annually. These account for about 17% of all infectious diseases, including malaria, dengue, schistosomiasis, yellow fever, and more. Small but deadly Though most common in…