Category Archives: Healthcare

03.09.18

Death from a Toothache: The Story of Deamonte Driver and Where we Stand Today in Ensuring Access to Dental Health Care for Children in the District

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Oral health is an important part of overall health.  Unfortunately, many people forget this important aspect of wellbeing.  For children with special health care needs, dental hygiene is often low on the list of priorities for their parents and or caregivers.  In February 2007, twelve year old Deamonte Driver died of a toothache in Maryland. […]

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02.27.18

Several modest proposals to improve safety, reduce gun violence, and make Americans happy

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Over the past month or two, we’ve heard some proposals, both innovative and long-standing, to address violence and joblessness. Let’s start with the President’s suggestion that immigrants who enter our country – whether through several legal immigration routes or as unaccompanied minors – are a great threat to our safety. The proposed solutions are to […]

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02.15.18

The Truth Behind Home Health Aide Certification Requirements

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    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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02.02.18

New "Conscience and Religious Freedom Division" within Department of Health and Human Services

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The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the formation of a new “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” which will sit in the HHS Office for Civil Rights. HHS says that this new division has been established to “restore federal enforcement of our nation’s laws that protect the fundamental and unalienable […]

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01.02.18

With or without an advisory council, President Trump will be judged on whether he moves us closer to ending the HIV epidemic

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In recent days, the Trump Administration has created an uproar with its abrupt decision to dismiss all members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).  This is a troubling development, but one that has the potential to distract us from what matters: working collectively to end the HIV epidemic in the United States and […]

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12.08.17

Planning for Success: Adequate Funding for Hepatitis C Surveillance and Monitoring is Vital to Achieving Elimination

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This blog post was written by Sonia Canzater and Jeffrey S. Crowley of the O’Neill Institute, and originally published on December 6, 2017 on the HepVu blog. The original post can be found here.    These are the facts: An estimated 3.9 million Americans are infected with Hepatitis C Between 2010 and 2015, Hepatitis C incidence […]

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11.29.17

While Congress Maintains Its Perpetual Impasse, Children Face the Threat of Losing their Health Insurance

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We are all well aware of the many attempts made by Congressional Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It consumed Congress’ time and focus for months, and ultimately fizzled with unsuccessful votes to change the law. While Republicans were busy trying to take away health insurance from millions of Americans and make […]

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11.14.17

The Opioid Crisis and HIV

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President Trump recently declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. Advocates and physician groups say this is a first step in increasing awareness about the opioid crisis and looking at the causes of the epidemic directly, but significantly more needs to be done. The opioid crisis has impacted cities and communities across the nation, […]

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11.09.17

Gene Editing: The Health and Ethical Implications

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  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

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  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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