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Spring 2012 | The Public Health Advocate

Category Archives: Spring 2012

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HPV AND CA

The HPV Vaccine and California By Kevin Yuan Genital human papilloma virus, also called HPV, is by far the most common sexually transmitted infection, especially in the United States. There are more than a hundred strains of the virus, where less than half cause some form

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HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS: A CALL FOR PUBLIC HEALTH ACTION

By Marvin So As Berkeley students, it’s easy to go about our daily lives rife with midterms, clubs, exercise, and maybe even social activities, and ignore the ubiquitous homeless individuals occupying the curbs and nooks of Telegraph. There are about 280 chronically homeless individuals living

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PHA GOES GREEN!

UC Berkeley offers a certification program to encourage student organizations to be environmentally friendly.  The program consists of a training program, requirements and certification.  PHA decided to go green and successfully completed the program and requirements. The certification program suggests strategies for being smart when

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PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS IN MADAGASCAR — ASCARIS

By Kevin Yuan   Ascaris lives in the intestine, and Ascaris eggs are passed in the feces of infected individuals. Ascaris lumbrocoids or Ascariasis infections are usually treated using benzamidazoles, such as Mebendazole or Albendazole. Although these anti-parasitics are chemically similar and both are extremely effective,

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GAY MARRIAGE: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR PUBLIC HEALTH?

By Marvin So Last weekend, one of my friends sent me this awesome video called “It’s Time”. Filmed by the Australian community advocacy group GetUp, the 2-minute video chronicles the ups and downs of a relationship in a strikingly beautiful way, check it out below! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_TBd-UCwVAY#!

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EARTHQUAKES AND PUBLIC HEALTH

By Mara Constantine     In light of the large number of earthquakes in Berkeley this past Fall, as well the fairly large one in Oklahoma, we may be thinking seriously for the first time about an earthquake plan.  When living in more or less

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STARTING A NEW SEMESTER? WATCH YOUR SLEEP CYCLE!

By Umair Jamal   Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in the general population. Patients with this disorder have trouble initiating and maintaining sleep, as well as having impaired waking function. There are two types of insomnia which are short term (acute) insomnia and