The Importance of UV Safety

| By Barbara Wexler, MPH | In our daily lives, ultraviolet (UV) radiation surrounds us from the sun and various artificial sources. Although UV rays are essential for processes like vitamin D synthesis in the body, overexposure can pose significant health risks. Practicing UV safety is crucial for safeguarding our health and well-being. First, it’s … Read more

Understanding and Treating PTSD

| By Barbara Wexler, MPH | Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing, witnessing, or sometimes even simply hearing about a traumatic event. Although PTSD is often associated with military combat, the condition is not limited to combat veterans. It can affect anyone who has lived through extreme trauma, usually … Read more

Youth Mental Health: Understanding Rising Depression Rates

| Barbara Wexler, M.P.H. | May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so let’s discuss mental health in the young. In recent years, there has been a surge of mental health problems among young people, with anxiety and depression predominating. Initially, this surge was attributed to COVID-19–related lockdowns and isolation, but even as the pandemic subsided, … Read more


| By Brenda W. Lerner, RN, ALB | An epidemic of Monkeypox is currently gathering steam throughout the world, leading some people to wonder if this is a situation of “here we go again,” but scientists say the likelihood of another pandemic with monkeypox as the cause is very low. Monkeypox is endemic (occurring naturally … Read more

Mental Health Awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and its observance is more important than ever. An estimated 26 percent of Americans ages 18 and older―about 1 in 4 adults―suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder each year.1 Many suffer in silence because of the stigmas associated with mental illness and mental disorders. Often, people avoid treatment because they may … Read more

Spreading the Word about a New, Serious Hepatitis in Children

| By Brenda W. Lerner, RN, ALB | The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is spreading the word for pediatricians to look for signs in their young patients of an unusual disease that attacks the liver, causing a serious hepatitis-like syndrome. So far (as of late April 2022), the disease has killed one … Read more