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02.15.18

The Truth Behind Home Health Aide Certification Requirements

By Mehgan Gallagher

    Home health aides (HHAs) play an important role in maintaining the health and well-being of the elderly, ill, and disabled.  This role varies from changing bandages and distributing medications, to grocery shopping and helping to pay bills.  Unlike other health care workers who are located in a health care facility, HHAs enter patient […]

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01.26.18

The Strange Case of Nodding Syndrome in East Africa

By Mehgan Gallagher

    Nodding Syndrome is described as a rare form of Epilepsy that disables children in Eastern Africa.  Chances are you have never heard of Nodding Syndrome before.  I hadn’t until recently.  This is likely because it is a rare disease that impacts children in East Africa, places the current President of the United States […]

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12.15.17

Stop. Think Twice. How Are Your Charitable Donations Really Being Spent?

By Mehgan Gallagher

  It’s that time of year when people are feeling more generous than ever.  Many Americans are donating to charitable organizations such as the Red Cross or the Salvation Army.   Due to the surge of devastating natural disasters that struck the country this past year, many people have made additional contributions to help the victims rebuild […]

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11.09.17

Gene Editing: The Health and Ethical Implications

By Mehgan Gallagher

  DNA editing carries profound implications for basic science, medicine, and many other fields.  Gene editing can be used for a variety of different things including research, to treat disease, and for biotechnology.  Gene editing can be used to change the DNA in cells or organisms to understand their biology and how they work.  Genome […]

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10.20.17

Uber Accessible: How Health Care Providers are Partnering with Ride-Share Companies to Improve Transportation for Non-Emergency Care

By Mehgan Gallagher

  More and more, technology is becoming a part of our everyday lives.  Increases in technology can have both positive and negative impacts.  We now live in a world where we can order anything, including food and car services on our phones.  Recently, ride share programs such as Uber and Lyft are partnering with medical […]

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09.22.17

The Debate About Cultural Appropriation

By Mehgan Gallagher

            A simple definition of cultural appropriation is the idea of someone adopting something from a culture that is not their own.  At first glance, it appears that this is a harmless act.  Well, think again.  A deeper understanding of what cultural appropriation is digs up issues of whether it […]

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08.28.17

Aging Gracefully: Exploring Issues of Particular Importance for Aging American Indians and Alaska Natives

By Mehgan Gallagher

Aging is inevitable.  It happens to all of us, and it is not a homogeneous experience.  It impacts everyone differently and on different timelines.  There are a variety of issues that affect aging populations, such as ever increasing healthcare costs, the depletion of Social Security funds, and the rise of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Aging American […]

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07.25.17

How the Built Environment Can Impact your Health

By Mehgan Gallagher

Improving your health can be as simple as choosing to walk to work or to take the stairs instead of the escalator.  However, stairs are not even a viable option in some buildings and for some people it is not feasible to walk or bike to work.  This blog post examines how public health is […]

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