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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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Innovations in Healthcare at Home and Abroad

| January 10, 2013 | 0 Comments
Innovations in Healthcare at Home and Abroad

The past two decades were witness to the development of countless new companies as an entrepreneurial spirit swept across the United States. And luckily, the venture capitalists and innovators responsible for this spirit show no sign of slowing. New technologies are being constantly developed, and a new “next big thing” hits the market every day. Entrepreneur Magazine reports predictions of increased investments in business and healthcare IT for 2013, expecting more capital to flow into start-ups in these industries in the months ahead. A second—perhaps not unrelated—defining element of the past two decades is healthcare.

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Health Consequences for Mothers and Children: The Feminzation of Migration in West Africa

| November 30, 2012 | 0 Comments
Health Consequences for Mothers and Children: The Feminzation of Migration in West Africa

In the summer of 2010, while interning at a migration health policy organization in Dakar, Senegal, I was speaking with my manager about the benefits and challenges of living in Senegal versus the United States. An educated and well-traveled Senegalese woman expressed that it was much easier to live in Africa than in the United States because domestic help was readily available and inexpensive. In addition to the comforts of familiarity in her home country, the availability of cheap domestic help was a main reason that she and her family planned to remain in Dakar…

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From Jurassic Park to H5N1: Is There a Human Threat?

| November 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
From Jurassic Park to H5N1: Is There a Human Threat?

This past summer, Nature and Science published a pair of studies, identifying mutations and other biological modifications that significantly elevate the contagiousness of H5N1, or bird flu. The set of articles sparked a heated discussion regarding both public access to and the appropriateness of potentially dangerous research on infectious disease. Although much of the concern surrounding studies of this nature is warranted, scientists and public health officials should err on the side of scientific freedom when considering restrictions on research and its public access.

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