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The Cancer Dilemma

| September 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
The Cancer Dilemma

  Map of China’s “Cancer Villages” According to a study released by Washington National Institute for Wellness Solutions, cancer is the top health concern among Middle-income Americans—ranking higher than concern for heart disease, stroke, or Alzheimer’s disease1. That cancer is a major health concern in the U.S. is not surprising, as age-related diseases are the […]

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Financing Healthcare Initiatives with Microcredit – The Integrated Services Approach of Pro Mujer

| April 21, 2013 | 0 Comments
Financing Healthcare Initiatives with Microcredit – The Integrated Services Approach of Pro Mujer

In Mexico, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina the goals of health improvement and economic development have come together into an integrative approach developed in the 1990’s by Pro Mujer, a non-governmental organization that provides an integrated package of financial services, business and empowerment training, and primary healthcare services.

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Autism on the Rise: A Global Perspective

| April 16, 2013 | 5 Comments
Autism on the Rise: A Global Perspective

 

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Is Innovation the Answer?

| January 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
Is Innovation the Answer?

Innovation, derived from the Latin for new, is the current buzzword of global health. It is difficult to peruse the labyrinth of global health dialogue without noticing “innovation” peppered about like a golden stamp of approval. In order for a global health idea to garner merit in the present atmosphere, it must be christened as innovative, as something shiny, exciting and new. However, innovation is not always the answer; instead, we need a return to the aged basics of the tried and true.

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Surgical Disease: The Reality Beyond the Big Screen

| November 25, 2012 | 0 Comments
Surgical Disease: The Reality Beyond the Big Screen

Here in the United States, in a culture where Grey’s Anatomy monopolizes the television screens of American households, it is difficult to envision a place without surgical infrastructure. However, this is the reality of life, and death, in many parts of the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), two billion people globally have no access to emergency or surgical care. However, unlike the success of surgical television shows in captivating public interest, the reality of surgical need on a global scale has yet to garner any significant attention. Addressing this unmet disease burden is a feasible undertaking that demands increased attention from the global community.

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A Reason to Count Sheep: Is Sleep Deprivation a Global Driver of Metabolic Disease?

| October 24, 2012 | 0 Comments
A Reason to Count Sheep: Is Sleep Deprivation a Global Driver of Metabolic Disease?

In an increasingly fast-paced world, getting a good night’s sleep is becoming less and less of a priority. Levels of sleep-related disorders are skyrocketing in both the developed and developing worlds. While our own experience tells us that getting too little sleep can impair our ability to function and slows down metabolism, recent studies are beginning to establish a firm link between sleep disorders and metabolic disease.

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The Sugar Dilemma

| October 24, 2012 | 1 Comment
The Sugar Dilemma

The global burden of non-communicable disease has skyrocketed in the past decade. For the first time in human history, chronic non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes pose a greater health burden worldwide than do infectious diseases, contributing to 35 million deaths annually. Developing countries must now bear the crippling double burden of both non-communicable and communicable disease. Although there are many drivers for recent surge in non-communicable disease, one of the biggest is undisputedly increased dietary use of refined sugar.

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Take Your Vitamins: Hypovitaminosis D in the Developing World

| April 16, 2012 | 0 Comments
Take Your Vitamins: Hypovitaminosis D in the Developing World

Described by the New York Times as “the most talked-about and written-about supplement of the decade,” Vitamin D has recently been shown to play crucial roles in brain, heart, immune system and bone health. As a more complete picture of vitamin D’s importance has begun to emerge, so too have the tragic consequences of vitamin D deficiency in the developing world.

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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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The Issue With Quinoa and Nutrition in Bolivia

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
The Issue With Quinoa and Nutrition in Bolivia

By Carlos de Mestral While I was having lunch in Quincy dining hall last week with my friend Helen, we both commented that our quinoa meal tasted delicious. I mentioned how happy it made me that such a nutritional meal actually was so pleasing to the palate. Upon agreeing with me, Helen told me something […]

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