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Global Health

Global Health is the area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health, reducing disparities, and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. No one should be denied health education and treatment because of race, class, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status—yet many are.

The Obamacare Challenge We Need? Improved, Expanded Medicare for All

By Robert Zarr | CommonDreams

As a primary care pediatrician who sees children of low-income families in Washington, D.C., I am reminded every day of the vulnerability of our children’s health to the ill-informed whims of our lawmakers and courts.

Those children will be on my mind as I gather with others outside the Supreme Court today.

Just yesterday, I saw my 16-year-old patient Mary, who suffers from Down’s syndrome and congenital heart disease, both conditions with lifelong disabilities. I have known Mary for the last 13 years.

Her family has been through some very rough times. I still distinctly remember listening to Mary’s mother tell me that her family was homeless, just a few years ago. Mary’s mother was in tears. They had no place to live, two children to feed, and both parents were unemployed. (more…)

Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide

Repost from NPR . “As countries modernize around the world, they’re increasingly being hit with one of the curses of wealth: cancer.There are about 14 million new cancer cases globally each year, the World Health Organization reported Monday. And the … Continue reading

Attacks on Medical Care in Syria

Repost the Lancet . “Attacks on Syria’s medical community and infrastructure have devastated the health-care system. Government forces – and sometimes opposition groups – have deliberately targeted medical professionals, hospitals, ambulances, and supplies, preventing untold numbers of people from getting … Continue reading

Designing Medical Devices for Predictably Unpredictable Environments

Repost from the Lancet. “Many remote hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa lack basic medical devices, like infant incubators, radiant warmers, and anaesthesia machines. Recognizing this, well-meaning individuals and organizations from high-income countries donate medical equipment – sometimes new, but mostly used … Continue reading