by Dr. Leah Holland Are You Vitamin D Deficient? Despite living in the sunny south, you may actually be Vitamin D deficient. Research finds that the majority of those living above the 35th parallel are deficient in Vitamin D(1). This means if you are living in most of North Carolina, any part of Tennessee, Virginia, […]
Higher Education in the Mountains: The Appalachian School of Law
by Dr. Lu Ellsworth This is Part 2, covering the impact of the Appalachian School of Law on our region. Part 1, an overview of the history and impact of UVa.-Wise, was in Issue #1 of Mountain Peeks. Look for Part 3, discussing the Appalachian College of Pharmacy in Buchanan County, Virginia, in Issue #3 of Mountain Peeks. Living off the land, […]
Southwest Virginia: One of the Nation’s Unhealthiest Regions?
Rural Appalachia: Disparities Within Disparities? by Michelle L. Salob, ND, MPH For those living outside the region, rural Appalachia has historically conjured up images of poverty and despair. Eleanor Roosevelt visited the area during the New Deal era, highlighting the plight of the coal miners, but since then, there has not been much attention to […]
Is Smoking Around Children a Form of Child Abuse?
Cigarette smoking is a form of child abuse, says one of the nation?s leading child abuse experts, and it?s high time we recognize it as such.
?More young children are killed by parental smoking than by all unintentional injuries combined,? says James Garbarino, an internationally recognized expert on child protection and the director of Cornell University?s Family Life Development Center. These deaths include almost 3,000 annually due to low birth weight, 2,000 due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and another 1,300 attributed to respiratory infection, asthma, and burns, according to researchers in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
Are Young Smokers More Likely to Litter and Use Illegal Drugs?
If you have ever wondered if youth, smoking, illegal drug use, and littering have anything in common, wonder no more. The following findings should cause even the most radical smokers’ rights fanatic to shiver: “Results of this study deliver a strong cautionary message that those who smoked cigarettes before the age of 15 were up […]
Judge Finds That Major Tobacco Companies Lied to and Defrauded Consumers and Marketed Directly to Children
U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler issued a final opinion in the U.S. government’s landmark lawsuit against the major tobacco companies that found the companies have violated civil racketeering laws and defrauded the American people by lying for decades about the health risks of smoking and their marketing to children.