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Defunding Planned Parenthood

By   /  October 17, 2015  /  Health Policy, Public Health  /  No Comments

Escalating tensions between the G.O.P and Planned Parenthood has many Planned Parenthood chapters fighting for funding from their states. Over the past couple of months, an increasing number of states have passed laws that attempt to defund these local chapters, … Continue Reading

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The Global Debate Over Mass Deworming

By   /  May 14, 2015  /  Global Health, HealthcarePolicy2016, Public Health, Recent  /  1 Comment

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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Breaking from the Herd: Struggling with Anti-Vaxxers

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

The first report came this year on January 7: seven confirmed cases of measles in Disneyland. Slowly the numbers rose. Then, there were twenty-six cases, twenty-two of which were linked to the original outbreak in Disneyland. By the beginning of … Continue Reading

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Climate Change and Public Health

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

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of New York City on September 21, 2014 for the People’s Climate March, demanding global action to address climate change. The event took place two days before the UN Climate Summit, … Continue Reading

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The Challenge of Neonatal Addiction Syndrome

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

With a full head of hair tucked into a pastel blue cap and soft skin wrapped in a warm blanket, George looks like any normal baby. But unlike most at his young age, he has a morphine addiction. Stiff as … 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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High American Healthcare Costs

By   /  November 14, 2014  /  Healthcare Economics and Management, Public Health, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Why is the cost of healthcare so high in America? This question is often overlooked in today’s healthcare debates. Discussion regarding Obamacare typically revolves around its constitutionality or legal implications rather than the economic problems it seeks to address. Whether … Continue Reading

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The Rising Role of the Patient in Modern Health Care

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Public Health  /  No Comments

As health care costs go through the roof with increases in population, excessive testing, and overmedication, medical experts are searching for an outlet to defray their costs. As reported by the Heritage Foundation, “health care costs are consuming ever larger … Continue Reading

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Changing Organizational Culture to Improve Health Outcomes in U.S. Hospitals

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Health Policy, Public Health  /  1 Comment

I. INTRODUCTION  Extreme deficits exist in the quality of healthcare provided by hospitals in the United States.  While several recent reports note improvements in select clinical areas,[i],[ii] researchers have shown that the U.S. healthcare system often fails … Continue Reading

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Cost Fixing and Loopholes

By   /  April 17, 2013  /  Healthcare Economics and Management, Public Health  /  No Comments

The recent activation of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act has had significant effects upon the current state of coverage, but many insurance company policies remain more or less unchanged. Although the ACA serves to aid in bringing down healthcare costs by targeting many private sector problems, a number of loopholes and exemptions have dampened and/or threaten to negate the effects of the reforms. Read More →