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What’s in a Name? IOM Report Suggests Name Change for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

First as a journalist and now as a health communicator, I have always stressed that words are important. How we use words, when we use them, and most importantly, which words we use can have a significant impact on a person's ability to understand and use information. This is especially important when you're talking about health information. The words we use when talking about health are so important because certain words carry more weight and are perceived differently. For instance,… [Read More]

Part 2: To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate: How Increased Awareness Can Make a Difference

More than 300 people will die today around the world because of the measles, but since 2000, this disease was considered eradicated the United States due to widespread immunization. Now, more than 120 people in 17 separate states (it was only 14 states just a few weeks ago) have contracted the virus, mostly due to coming into contact with it at ground zero, the "Happiest Place on Earth," Disneyland. Health care experts have said that this outbreak, as well as all documented cases … [Read More]

Part 1: To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate: Why that Should Not be a Question

Vaccinations are commonplace in developed countries, especially the United States. They're required for enrolling in most states' public schools, highly encouraged for travel into foreign countries, and have virtually eliminated diseases like polio from our daily lives. Lately, however, these vaccinations have become increasingly controversial, as a growing number of parents choose not to immunize their children. A large part of why parents have begun to question the safety and e… [Read More]


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