I am a rising second-year medical student at the University of Pittsburgh. I recently graduated from Johns Hopkins with an MSPH in Global Disease Epidemiology & Control. I am spending the summer doing epidemiology work on maternal & child health in a rural area outside of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.

This blog is a place for me to:

  • Explore the relationships between gender & sexuality and health.
  • Post interesting or exciting science, medicine, or public health news.
  • Advocate for women’s rights, queer rights, and gender equality.
  • Explore scientific methods and data presentation.
  • Examine how science and scientific results are explained to the public.
  • Explain bad science and quackery.
  • Communicate about life as a medical student interested in global health.
  • Share my travel experiences and photography.

The Fifth Edition of A Dictionary of Epidemiology defines “secular trend” thusly: “(Syn: temporal trend) Changes over a long period of time, generally years or decades. Examples include the decline of tuberculosis mortality and the rise, followed by a decline, in coronary heart disease mortality in many industrial countries in the past 50 years.”

The header image is a modified (by me) image from the Global Environment Monitoring Unit of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. It is a map of travel time to major cities and accessibility based on a model by Andrew Nelson. I’ll write more about this in a future post.

The views expressed here are mine and mine alone. Nothing expressed here should be interpreted to represent the opinion of any people, organizations, schools, companies, groups, etc. that I am or have ever been affiliated with.

Nothing I write here should be construed as medical advice. For medical advice, you should consult your doctor, nurse, physician assistant or healthcare provider.

The internet is serious business, so you should question and double check everything you come across while surfing the interwebs. Trust no one. This blog is no exception.

The internet is NSFW. Sometimes I might inadvertently link to inappropriate or offensive content, for instance if the linked content changes after I link to it. Therefore you click on all links at your own risk.

Though I reserve the right to moderate comments to keep out spam, trolls, and uncivil comments, some may slip through. Any views or opinions expressed in the comments should be taken as those of the commenters themselves, whoever they may be. If history is any guide, this blog will probably see many unannounced, extended absences of its author, during which time comments will not be moderated.

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