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The Global Debate Over Mass Deworming

By   /  May 14, 2015  /  Global Health, HealthcarePolicy2016, Public Health, Recent  /  No Comments

The morning bell rings. One hundred children line up behind a desk.

It’s National Deworming Day.

One at a time, each child steps up and holds a hand out over the desk. A teacher drops a tablet into the child’s … Continue Reading

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Ethics of Ebola Treatment

By   /  December 11, 2014  /  Global Health, Health Policy, Public Health, Recent  /  No Comments

Ebola is a viral infection that attacks the dendritic cells of the immune system. These affected dendritic cells are unable to relay information about the viral attack, impairing the immune response. In a study released in August 2014 by Cell … Continue Reading

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Science Challenges Current Perceptions of Obesity

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Global Health  /  5 Comments

Female body with measure tape

Two folding chairs face each other in the center of the frame. Shadows fall below them as a light shines from above. The perimeter of the frame is dark; everything is in black and white. A short-haired plus-size woman walks … Continue Reading

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Progress in Achieving Millennium Development Goal Five: Maternal Mortality and Reproductive Health

By   /  May 21, 2012  /  Global Health  /  1 Comment

Given the tremendous advances in the quality of healthcare in the 20th century, maternal death during childbirth may seem to be a concern of the past. However, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) fact sheet on maternal mortality released … Continue Reading

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Women on Waves: The Abortion Rights Movement Sets Sail

By   /  April 9, 2011  /  Global Health  /  2 Comments

Gomperts’s strategy is to stir up controversy with her visit and to ignite debate that may eventually lead to a reversal in the legislation against abortion.

“Every eight minutes a woman dies needlessly as a result of an unsafe illegal … Continue Reading

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International Health Care in Developing Countries: A Right to Care

By   /  April 9, 2011  /  Global Health  /  4 Comments

While the South African government has established a larger healthcare budget than some of its sub-Saharan Africa counterparts, that funding is widely dispersed and therefore largely diluted by the time it reaches the country’s 49 million people.

The structure of … Continue Reading

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The Gates Foundation: Funding Global Health Development

By   /  April 7, 2011  /  Global Health  /  1 Comment

“Melinda and I see our foundation’s key role as investing in innovations that would not otherwise be funded” - Bill Gates

It is difficult to criticize the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation when its annual contributions to global public health … Continue Reading

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Bypass Surgery as a Souvenir?: The Nature of Medical Tourism

By   /  October 21, 2010  /  Global Health  /  2 Comments

Patients are turning to hospitals around the world, not just near their homes, to receive treatment.

Right now, look at the tag of your t-shirt.  Does it say that it was made in [some country other than the U.S.]? Now, … Continue Reading

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Synthetic Red Blood Cells: A Macro Leap in Microbiological Medicine

By   /  October 21, 2010  /  Global Health  /  3 Comments

Synthetic red blood cells are functionally similar to their natural counterparts and can also be used for targeted drug delivery, medical imaging, and cellular modeling.

As the frontier of medical discovery expands every day, our focus on understanding and controlling … Continue Reading

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The Future of Surgery

By   /  October 20, 2010  /  Global Health  /  No Comments

Advances in robot surgery have been curbed by their increasing cost.

When the FDA first approved robot-assisted surgery, FDA commissioner Jane E. Henney exclaimed, “This system is the first step in the development of new robotic technology that eventually could … Continue Reading

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