By Manijeh “Mani” Berenji

Opioid use disorder (OUD) has been defined as the chronic use of opioids leading to impairment (1). OUD affects over an estimated 2.1 million Americans (2). The number of people in the United States dying from opioid overdoses (including from natural, synthetic, semi-synthetic, methadone, and heroin…


By By Manijeh “Mani” Berenji

Hypertension is a condition where the blood pressure, the force of blood flowing through the blood vessels, is constantly elevated after repeated measurements. The current threshold for hypertension (as per the 2017 American College of Cardiology & American Heart Association) is any value greater than…


By Manijeh “Mani” Berenji

Depression continues to afflict millions of Americans. From August 2020 through February 2021, the percentage of adults with a recent diagnosis of a depressive or anxiety-related disorder increased from 36.4% to 41.5% (1). Research over the past 2 decades has demonstrated that children of those afflicted…


By Manijeh “Mani” Berenji

Air pollution is a complex mixture of gases and sold and liquid particles that, at critical concentrations, can lead to disease (respiratory, cardiovascular, neurologic and many others) (1–5). Exposure to particulate matter in the air less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) has contributed to many illnesses and…


By Manijeh “Mani” Berenji

Vitamin D (also known as calciferol) is a fat-soluble vitamin important in promoting calcium absorption in the gut, allowing for bone growth and remodeling as well facilitating bone mineralization (1). It is present in certain foods (including fish like tuna, mackerel, salmon; cheese; egg yolks) as…


By Manijeh “Mani” Berenji

Hypertension during pregnancy is one of the most common conditions that pregnant women encounter (1). Ensuing complications that result from hypertension during pregnancy (otherwise known as gestational hypertension) include preeclampsia (which can lead to problems with kidneys, liver and other organs) and eclampsia (which is a…


By Manijeh “Mani” Berenji

In the U.S., many adults are affected by hearing loss: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics, 15% of American adults (about 37.5 million Americans) reported trouble with their hearing (1). Research has demonstrated that age is the…


By Manijeh “Mani” Berenji

Morbid obesity continues to affect millions of Americans. From 1999 to 2018, the prevalence of obesity in the United States has increased from 30.5% of the population to 42.4% (1). A recent study looking at COVID-19 admissions over the past year has found that the risk…


By Manijeh “Mani” Berenji

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects hundreds of thousands of people across the US each year. In 2014: TBI was identified in approximately 288,000 hospitalizations, 23,000 of whom were children1. There continues to be a gap when it comes to monitoring the repercussions of TBI such as…


By Manijeh “Mani” Berenji

Lung cancer is still a major cause of disease and death for many Americans. In 2020, lung cancer was leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with 135,720 individuals dying because of lung cancer1. Moreover, lung cancer was the 2nd most common type of…

Manijeh “Mani” Berenji

Physician @ Boston Medical Center. Interests: Workplace, Public & Global Health. Fitness and rehabilitation expert. Climate advocate. @UCLA @UCSF @UMich alum.

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