Photography by Sadia Ali

Healthcare in the Remote Developing World: Why healthcare is inaccessible and strategies towards improving current healthcare models

Abstract In 2008, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration. The declaration called for the “the attainment by all peoples of the world by the year 2000 of a level of health that will permit them to lead a socially and economically productive life.” In other words, the WHO […]

Original Photo by Flickr User Tax Credit

US Healthcare Expenditure, Physician Distribution, and Quality of Care

Introduction The US spends an extraordinary amount on healthcare, both in proportion to the national GDP and relative to other economically comparable nations. Healthcare spending currently amounts to one-sixth of the national GDP,1 threatening resource allocation to other government-initiated public programs. In contrast to comparable European nations, the US spends almost 50% more of its […]

Original Photo by NASA's Marshal Space Flight Center Flickr Account

The Cancer Genome Atlas: Moving Forward

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) began in 2006, envisioned as the next frontier in the “War on Cancer”.1 Newly armed with the foundational framework of the Human Genome Project,2 the scientific community saw great promise in deeply analyzing the underlying genomic abnormalities of cancer. Though the project had its skeptics, its reductionist logic was immensely […]

Original Photo by Flickr User Erick Gustafson

California: Combating Aquifer Contamination in the Midst of Drought

California has been suffering through a state of drought for at least 3 years. Recently, the conditions have worsened, and with all of California presently in some sort of drought, the Governor has declared a state of emergency. This not only affects California, but the rest of the world,

Original Photo by Flickr User Dave Barger.

Ineffective Family Cap Policies: The Misdiagnosis and Contributor to Women’s Poverty

The year 1996 marked the establishment of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) that dismantled an entitlement system known as the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) which had been in operation for over 60 years. In its place, PRWORA created the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant program […]

Photo Credit to CDC Global (Flickr)

The Ethics, Science, and Politics of Ebola Quarantines

What’s New, Ebola? Ebola is a nuanced disease. Many comics and media outlets have spun the morbid, grave virus into “fearbola” rather than the public health crisis that it is. Yet, it’s serious enough that, in October, a flight passenger’s Ebola joke prompted a HAZMAT crew to remove him from the US Airways plane.1 The […]

Photo Taken by NIAID (Flickr)

Towards A Post-Antibiotic Era: AMR and the State of Global Health Policy

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a tremendously important issue on a global scale- drug resistance, specifically to antibiotics, is on the rise, and R&D in antibiotics has not kept up. This AMR ‘gap’ won’t be closed without fixing how returns are awarded; it requires scrapping the traditional approach that ties revenues to volume for an innovative approach that rewards value. ‘Delinkage’ of value and volume is an exciting, emerging topic among those involved in the antibiotic space. This review will attempt to introduce some of the ideas central to resolving the AMR crisis.

Original Photo by Flickr User Joe 13.

How Excise Taxes Can Reduce Obesity

Last year, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, attempted to pass legislation prohibiting the sale of soda over 16 ounces in restaurants, movie theaters, and sports arenas. What has since been twice overruled and deemed reflective of an emerging “nanny state” that is “un-American” and “paternalistic,” the “New York City Soda Ban” brought much needed […]

Original Photo by Flickr User United Nations Photo

UN Inaction and Rape as a Weapon of War in Syria

As the Syrian civil war continues, international bodies are taking notice of the atrocities committed on both sides of the conflict. Rape has been used as a weapon of war—a tool of political and social subjugation—and it is one of the most important issues that ought to be addressed by the United Nations and other […]

Photograph taken by Christopher Furlong/Getty

The Francis Report: Why the World Should Listen

Medicine in the 21st century continues to advance and bring unprecedented benefits to patients. Many people across the world now have access to safe, high quality healthcare.  However, even in the world’s leading healthcare systems, patients still experience needless suffering and harm. This was exemplified by the recent Francis inquiry, which investigated care delivered at […]