An introduction to our series on radon By Katherine Chesterman Radon is found almost everywhere throughout the world in the air and soil. So, with the increase of countries taking action to protect their citizens from radon poisoning, it is important to take a look at what radon poisoning is and why it is such … Continue reading What is Radon Poisoning, and Why Should We Care?
By Allison Benz On August 1, 2021, new recorded cases of COVID-19 in Lancaster County jumped to 111 from 0 just a few days before. The jump in cases is happening throughout the country and healthcare professionals and medical experts fear that the fourth wave of the pandemic is underway. They determined that the Delta … Continue reading What Is the Delta Variant and How Does It Affect Us?
By Allison Benz In January 2016, the Michigan governor declared a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan because toxic levels of lead were discovered in tap water. The water crisis made headlines in national news and revealed to the public the harmful effects of lead in children’s growth and development. The Flint crisis shined a … Continue reading Why is there so much talk about Lead Poisoning in Lancaster?
What are food deserts? The phrase food desert might conjure up a lot of conflicting thoughts. And there are an equal number of ways to define a food desert. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) determines if a geographical location is a food desert by two criteria: poverty and geographical distance to a supermarket. … Continue reading Food Deserts in America: Not Just a Geographical Issue
COVID-19 and Rabies—Part 2 Last time, we left off talking about how the rabies vaccine, created in the late 19th century by Louis Pasteur, raises surprising ethical conundrums that do not arise in the case of the COVID-19 vaccine. To briefly recap, rabies is a disease that is nearly always fatal once symptoms appear, but … Continue reading The Different Nature of Two Vaccines
Vaccines from Two Different Worlds Rabies has an interesting place in our society. It is universally feared, yet it is exceedingly rare. Between 1960 and 2018, there were only 125 cases (about 2 cases per year) in the United States. Why does rabies cause so much alarm? Aside from the severe symptoms the disease can … Continue reading Vaccine Series: COVID-19 and Rabies