National Stress Awareness Day, 16 April: Managing Stress Then and Now

April 16th marks National Stress Awareness Day. Stress often accompanies difficult situations or circumstances that a person undergoes. Psychological, emotional and mental stress can lead to negative consequences on one’s physiological stability.  As a student at Queen’s University, stress is not a foreign concept to me. … More National Stress Awareness Day, 16 April: Managing Stress Then and Now

World Health Day 2013 – A Short History of Sphygmomanometers and Blood Pressure Measurement

April 7th marks World Health Day, a day that celebrates the birthday of the World Health Organization (WHO) by drawing attention to a significant health problem affecting the world today.  The focus in 2013 is high blood pressure. … More World Health Day 2013 – A Short History of Sphygmomanometers and Blood Pressure Measurement

World TB Day 2013: A Fearsome Disease, Hope for New Vaccines

The image of bacterial time-bombs in the lungs is frightening.  Even more so, perhaps, when you consider that for most of history there was no effective treatment for TB.  Or, that increasingly tuberculosis bacteria are becoming resistant to the treatments that are currently available. … More World TB Day 2013: A Fearsome Disease, Hope for New Vaccines

From Apothecary Shop to Independent Science: Celebrating National Pharmacist Day

The United States annually recognizes pharmacists’ contribution to patient healthcare, celebrating National Pharmacist Day, each January 12.  Pharmacists apply their extensive knowledge of the chemical composition of medicines to help patients manage disease and pain.  … More From Apothecary Shop to Independent Science: Celebrating National Pharmacist Day

World AIDS Day 2012

December 1st 2012 will mark the 24th year of World AIDS Day. Beginning in 1988, Worlds AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. It aims to support people around the world who have been affected by HIV and remember those who were lost to the virus. The World AIDS Day initiative works to eradicate the stigma surrounding the virus and to raise awareness and funds for prevention and research. … More World AIDS Day 2012

Medical Contributions of The Great War: Blood Transfusion

Prior to World War One, blood transfusion was a rarely performed and risky procedure. On the eve of the war, scientific development in relation to transfusion technology progressed making it a more viable procedure. Survival rates on the front lines increased as new transfusion techniques were mastered. The benefits of the medical developments that occurred during the war should not only be remembered on Remembrance Day, as blood transfusions continue to save hundreds of lives each day. … More Medical Contributions of The Great War: Blood Transfusion

Raising Awareness about Tuberculosis – World TB Day, 24 March 2012 Pt. 2

Many people in the West have never thought about tuberculosis as a risk to their health.  Tuberculosis is often considered to be a disease of the past. In other locations around the world tuberculosis is a dangerous epidemic that affects thousands of people and their communities. 1.7 million people died from TB in 2009.  … More Raising Awareness about Tuberculosis – World TB Day, 24 March 2012 Pt. 2