Looking back and moving forward: Perspectives from a Summer Research Program alumna

Written by Momo Oyama, MD candidate, Washington University in St. Louis and alumna of the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track My interest in public health began three years ago, when I participated in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program. Through the program, I had the […]

No text is worth a life: The dangers of distracted driving

Written by Lauren Duhl, undergraduate in global health & environment, environmental studies, and design at Washington University in St. Louis Distractions while driving can be deadly. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers. In the United States, more than 1,000 people are injured every day due to distracted driving. Distracted Driving […]

Sexually transmitted infections among adults

Written by Aishwarya Nagar, research assistant and Anne Trolard, manager of the Public Health Data and Training Center, with support from the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging staff at the Institute for Public Health Missouri and the St. Louis region consistently observe rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia that are higher than the national average. […]

Alcohol use as a high-risk health behavior

Written by Vivia McCutcheon, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry at the School of Medicine Alcohol is the most commonly used drug in the United States. The figure below from the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health illustrates the rates of binge drinking in people aged 12 and older from 2002-2014, compared to the […]

Beyond self-defense: Increasing firearm safety in the home

Written by Victoria Grace Assokom-Siakam, intern at the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research An individual with a gun in their home is four times more likely to be a victim of that said firearm.1 Most individuals keep firearms in their homes for either sport, hobby or self-defense. Given that owning a firearm is […]

A dangerous combination for youths – Indoor tanning and skin cancer

Written by Lynn Cornelius, the Winfred A. and Emma R. Showman Professor in Dermatology at the School of Medicine Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, and rates have been rising for the past 30 years.1 Melanoma, the most serious and deadliest form of skin cancer, is one of the […]