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Natural Products ~ Deals, Recommendations, Request for Input

I just made a blog post over at ONTD_Health on natural products that I thought may be of interest to some folks here, so I wanted to provide the link.
I'm interested in others' input on affordable, natural products on the market and I shared a few of my own finds.  I'd also be interested to hear any info you may have on fraud in the natural/Green market, like products claiming to be chemical-free or cruelty-free which are not.

Want to get your work published?

Hi everyone! I'm the Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Journal of Environmental Health. We are currently accepting scholarly manuscripts for consideration in our Fall issue. If you've always wanted to be published in a peer-reviewed Journal and share your work with colleagues, I'd love to hear from you! You don't have to live in Florida, or even the US, to write for us. We have readers and writers all across the globe. It is a great oportunity to get noticed. If your article is already published elsewhere, but it didn't achieve the exposure you hoping were for, we are interested in reprints as well. We also publish book reviews if you've read something about a relevant topic. Please comment if you have any questions. I hope to see your submission soon!

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HALP I need an article/study

During my first years of graduate school - either in an intro class or in social epidemiology - I learned about a study that showed the effects of stress on physical health. In the research study, the researchers infused the influenza virus into the noses of two groups - one group suffering from chronic stress (or maybe depression) and the other group mentally healthy. Then they watched to see who got the flu. The stressed/depressed group were more likely to get the flu than the unstressed group.

Alas, I can no longer remember the authors' names, and going back through my archived class notes is yielding nothing of use. I'm trying to use this study as an example in a lecture I am giving to a psychology class, but I cannot find it! Anyone know what I'm talking about?
Holy Grail: Newt!

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Does anyone have any information on the Colorado School of Public Health? I've been accepted to their Global Health & Health Disparities program, and based on the info on the school's site it looks pretty interesting, but I cannot find anything at all online from current/former students. Based on the curriculum/cost/location it's my top choice right now, but the lack of information from sources other than the school itself is making me kind of nervous. If anyone knows anything about the school, or anyone who's gone there, please let me know!
Thanks :)
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Are you interested in quitting smoking gradually and making some money? The Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School are recruiting for a clinical study on online smoking cessation aids. We are seeking participants who are interested in gradually quitting smoking in the comfort of their own homes. All you need is an Internet connection. You must be 18 or older, smoke 15 or more cigarettes every day, have smoked for at least 3 years and not be participating in any other smoking cessation program. You will be compensated up to $60 in Amazon.com gift cards if you meet study eligibility and requirements. Please visit www.divisiononaddictions.org/smokingcessation for more details.

launch of maternal and child health mobile project!

If you're interested in global health initiatives, or the use of mobile technology in public health programs, check out our Text4baby Russia project (a partner of the U.S. project text4baby):


We've also just launched our website in Russian, where women and their families can sign up to start receiving free text messages with info about health services, pregnancy nutrition, childcare, and much more, all designed to improve maternal and child health throughout Russia.

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Epi career options question

I'm trying to find a career path. I've always had a fondness for epidemiology, but my perception has been that a lot of the career options involve running studies. In college I was a research assistant for an MPH person who was doing data stuff (collection, analysis) for some studies, and while I think it's super-awesome that data is collected and analyzed and used to draw conclusions and answer interesting questions, the day-to-day stuff seems boring and slow-moving- there's a lot of delayed gratification and I don't think that would work for me. (Surveillance and things where the data is used more immediately sounds a bit more interesting to me.)

Are there career options that are a bit more...engaging? Epi people - what is your day-to-day like? I know people often work for health departments, but what do they *do* most of the day?

Preparing to Resist Radioactivity

Nuclear plants in Japan are melting down, and radioactive clouds are headed our way across the Pacific. We have time to prepare...but what should we do? I am full of ideas, but mind you, this is not medical advice! Just the random rantings of some stranger on the internet! With that said, maybe it is a good time to increase your antioxidant intake, and keep it high for the forseeable future. Also, because much radioactivity is carried from such events in the form of radioactive iodine, maybe it's time to fill all your iodine receptors with healthy non-radioactive iodine. That way you reduce the amount of radioactivity your body takes in. The thyroid is the #1 place that iodine is used, and guess where is #2? The breast! Yes. And especially in teenage girls, the risk of cancer if iodine levels are low is radically increased--even when no noxious clouds are headed our way. Studies after the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki showed that the people who survived best and had least symptoms of radioactivity poisoning were the ones with the highest iodine intakes. It even helps to take iodine after the exposure, but it's better to get it in preventatively.

Here's one explanation in the news:
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Smokiing Cessation

I am to make a smoking cessation packet/sample bag sort of thing at my place of employment for people who just found out that they may have cancer from smoking. I am hoping, of course, for it to be as effective as possible.

What kind of advice can you guys give me for this project?