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Restructuring Urban Healthcare: Beyond the Cultural Model for Immigrants’ Healthcare Disparities

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Restructuring Urban Healthcare:  Beyond the Cultural Model for Immigrants’ Healthcare Disparities

By Sarah McCuskee Immigrant populations, including the Boston Haitian community, face staggering disparities in health. Structural issues are largely at fault—but more ambiguous “cultural” factors are often blamed as well. These factors—things like language and “health beliefs”—may be important: in 1970, Philip Tumulty wrote “what the scalpel is to the surgeon, words are to the […]

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The Silent Killer: The Effort Toward Global Elimination of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
The Silent Killer: The Effort Toward Global Elimination of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus

By Frederic Hua Clostridium tetani, the bacterium responsible for tetanus, is ubiquitous, yet its effects are found to be most devastating in developing countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated in 2008 that 59,000 newborns die from tetanus every year. Termed “maternal and neonatal tetanus” (MNT), the condition is generally caused by lack of proper […]

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Engulfed in a Toxic Cloud: The Effects of Coal Mining On Human Health

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Engulfed in a Toxic Cloud: The Effects of Coal Mining On Human Health

The continued growth of coal mining has left communities with pervasive and irreparable damage. Until recently, however, the effects of coal on human health have been largely ignored and mining has continued without many appeals for improvement. In both the United States and China, industrial achievements have created a legacy of pollution that is taking […]

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From the Floodwaters Flow The Impact of Water in Bangladesh

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
From the Floodwaters Flow The Impact of Water in Bangladesh

By Michelle Lee Situated at the confluence of the Ganges, the Brahmaputra, and the Meghna Rivers, Bangladesh has a tumultuous relationship with water, a problem present in both excess and scarcity. Though the country has many water sources and receives abundant rainfall, clean water is limited and often polluted. Flooding during the monsoon season leaves […]

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Global Health in Japan: A Moral and Economic Dilemma

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Global Health in Japan:  A Moral and Economic Dilemma

After the Great East Japan Earthquake disrupted the lives of thousands of Japanese citizens in March 2011, it was expected that Japan’s foreign assistance would be significantly diminished in favor of domestic aid. Yet, Japan has continued to be involved in global health despite the tragedy. Japan’s commitment to global health illuminates how global health […]

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Neglected: Raising Funds for the “Best Buy” in Global Public Health

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Neglected: Raising Funds for the “Best Buy” in Global Public Health

By Sheba Mathew Neglected disease campaigns, like any other, demand money, but they do it to save lives. $25 to save a life with an HIV test. $20 to save a life with six months of tuberculosis medications. $10 to save a family with a malaria net. What about fifty cents a year to save […]

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Altruism and Profit: The Changing Role of Pharmaceutical Companies in Global Health

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Altruism and Profit: The Changing Role of Pharmaceutical Companies in Global Health

Big pharmaceutical companies have long played a role in the field of global health—from both hindering the dissemination of fairly priced drugs in developing countries and, more recently, working with generic manufacturers to drive down the aforementioned prices of these drugs. As a result of a novel combination of moral and financial incentives through social […]

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