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Cholera in Haiti and Sickness in the Aid Industry

By Margaret Eby, Editor The 2010-2013 cholera epidemic in Haiti was the worst cholera epidemic in modern history. By the summer of 2013, over 8,000 Haitians had died and as much as 6% of the population had been infected. Although it seemed to be the most recent in a string of random tragic events in […]

Forced Blood Draws and Motor Vehicle Safety: “What Country is This?”

By Renán Orellana, Co-Editor-in-Chief Since there have been cars, there has been drunk driving. Impaired driving has been a troubling public health problem since the introduction of the automobile in the late 1800s. This involves as much distracted driving, texting and cell phone use behind the wheel, speeding, drugged driving and drowsy driving as much […]

A New Law on Breastfeeding in the UAE

By Cassandra Flores, Social Media On January 21, 2014, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) passed a clause in their Child Rights Bill that requires all Emirati women to breastfeed their infant for two years. While breastfeeding is widely considered the best means of feeding infants, the clause itself has caused […]

Stigma in the Time of Ebola

By Renán Orellana, Co-Editor-in-Chief Recent reports on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa have described the situation as an “unprecedented epidemic”. In March, the ministry of health in Guinea confirmed 86 cases of Ebola infection, and ever since, this viral hemorrhagic fever has spread and continues to spread to neighboring West African countries. On April 7, […]

The Relentlessness of Cancer Care in the United States

By Katie Nolan, Editor While the United States’ health care system has proven to fail us in a lengthy list of ways—astronomical cost, limited access for vulnerable groups, inadequate preventative health services, to name a few—one place where credit is due is its relentlessness. To put it bluntly, if you are to have advanced stage […]

Mexican Migration and Mental Health

By Laura Clevenger, Staff Writer Migration from Mexico to the United States is not going away. Media sources, like the New York Times, write of the “Mexican moment”—a radical idea that Mexico is having an economic revival—(NY Times, 2013) but in his lecture on the evolution of the Mexican economy, UPAEP professor, Werner Voigt (2014), sites […]

Editor’s Pick: Links

By Jorge Zárate, Co-Editor-In-Chief Here’s your bi-weekly allotment of science and health news. Narrative Medicine Medicine is at its core a profession about people. However, somewhere in between the paperwork and the long hours on call, some doctors lose sight of the humanity of the patients they treat. Read this doctor’s encounter with a morbidly obese […]