Health Sciences Report

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Identifier 1989_Vol.13 No.1
Title Health Sciences Report
Subject Public Relations; Journalism, Medical; Academic Medical Centers; Mass Media; Patient Education Handout; Publications; Ephemera
Description Health Sciences Report UNIVERSITY OF UTAH SOCIAL DISEASES social disease n. 1: a disease which is directly related to social and economic factors 2: venereal disease. See also substance dependency, feminization of poverty, environmental health hazards. Spring 1989 THE NEW SOCIAL DISEASES These " diseases" are not really new. What is new is how we look at them. Like syphilis and gonorrhea, substance abuse has long been con-sidered a health problem. Only in recent years, however, has society recognized the economic and social consequences of substance dependen-cy: we all breathe air contaminated bv secondhand smoke. We all pay higher medical insurance rates as a consequence of the effects of others' substance abuse. We all depend upon the sober, safe conduct of workers, whether we're using public transporta-tion or relying upon nuclear energy to provide electricity. Society's view of the impact of these diseases has re-sulted in many substance abusers feeling socially ostracized - much like those who suffered from syphilis and gonorrhea years ago. The list of the new social diseases Joesn't end with substance depen-dency. Environmental health hazards; world hunger and the lack of medical care in Third World countries; the feminization of poverty; AIDS; lack of health care for the poor and the homeless - all are medical problems that also pose social and economic dilemmas. They offer greater resis-tance to research than many other diseases, but they still are the responsi-bility of the health- care community, especially when so much emphasis today is placed upon preventive health care. In this issue of Health Sciences Report, we examine how health- care professionals at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center are applying their expertise to help pre-vent and control some of these new-social diseases. Health Sciences Report University of Utah Vol. 13, No. 1, Spring 1989
Publisher University of Utah Health Care Office of Public Affairs and Marketing
Date 1989
Language eng
Relation University of Utah Health Care Office of Public Affairs and Marketing Collection
Rights Management Copyright 2012
Holding Institution Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah
Scanning Technician mtd
Metadata Cataloger amt
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Setname ehsl_pahsc
Date Created 2012-04-12
Date Modified 2013-02-11
ID 933351
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