Christmas Seals and Advertising for Health

the following blog post was written by 2014-2015 collections volunteer Emily Welsh It’s that time of year again. A time for gathering with friends and family, holiday cheer and generosity. In the world of health care one of the most recognizable forms of Christmas charity comes in the form of the Christmas Seals. The idea … More Christmas Seals and Advertising for Health

World TB Day 2013: A Fearsome Disease, Hope for New Vaccines

 written by Dr. Pamela Peacock, Museum Curator  I spent much of 2012 thinking about tuberculosis.  As Curator at the Museum of Health Care, I was tasked with developing an online exhibit on the disease, covering how it works and spreads, as well as how we have worked to prevent, diagnose, and treat TB over time. … More World TB Day 2013: A Fearsome Disease, Hope for New Vaccines

Raising Awareness about Tuberculosis – World TB Day, 24 March 2012 Pt. 2

Why We Should Care About TB Many people in the West have never thought about tuberculosis as a risk to their health.  Tuberculosis is often considered to be a disease of the past.  In 2011 in Canada the incidence of any form of tuberculosis was only 5 per 100,000, according to the World Health Organization … More Raising Awareness about Tuberculosis – World TB Day, 24 March 2012 Pt. 2

Raising Awareness about Tuberculosis – World TB Day, 24 March 2012 Pt. 1

What is TB? Tuberculosis is caused by an infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, rod-shaped bacteria that are spread mostly through air-born droplets or dust micro-particles of dried sputum.  Once inhaled, the body’s immune system typically reacts by engulfing the bacteria, forming a tubercle that contains the bacteria to help keep it from spreading.  In most cases, … More Raising Awareness about Tuberculosis – World TB Day, 24 March 2012 Pt. 1