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Category Archives: Healthcare

09.08.16

Exclude sugary drinks from nutrition program, but exclude stigma too

By Eric A. Friedman

Recent years have seen periodic calls for unhealthy foods, most prominently sugary drinks, to be excluded from items that can be purchased through the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is the federally-funded program that helps low-income people in the United States, presently about 45 million, pay for food. Several states and locales have sought […]

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08.27.16

The Public Health of Private Prison Healthcare

By Rebecca Reingold

This post was written by Katie Gottschalk and Rebecca Reingold. On August 18th, the United States Justice Department declared its plan to end the use of privately run prisons. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates made the announcement after officials concluded that private prison facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those […]

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08.08.16

Spike in hepatitis C rates in young women further supports the need for screenings for all pregnant women

By Sonia Canzater

As the rate of Hepatitis C infections among young Americans increases, so does the risk of infections in infants. The CDC reports a 22% increase between 2011 and 2014  in HCV infections in women of childbearing age, between 15-44 years.  There was also a 14% increase in infections in children 2 years and younger seen during […]

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06.23.16

Obamacare Premium Increases – Time to freak out? Not so fast.

By Mary DeBartolo

As the individual marketplace health insurance exchanges enter their 4th year of operation, growing pains still abound. Insurance providers are still struggling to determine appropriate pricing for various plans and are requesting a wide range of pricing changes – including some substantial premium increases – from state insurance regulators. The following are 5 key points […]

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06.09.16

The right to health for all: Ending discrimination against undocumented migrants

By Eric A. Friedman

It is among the most – if not the most – prevalent form of formal discrimination when it comes to the ability of everyone to enjoy universally recognized human rights, embodied in the laws of most countries: discrimination against non-citizens, and above all, against undocumented immigrants, with respect to the right to health. Most countries […]

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05.05.16

May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month: Hepatitis C testing is critically important as CDC reports infection rates and deaths in U.S. at all-time high

By Sonia Canzater

May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month. The CDC has designated May 19th, 2016 as National Hepatitis Testing Day in the U.S. This campaign is particularly timely this year given the report released this Wednesday by the CDC  which states that new infections and deaths caused by Hepatitis C (HCV) are at the highest rates ever reported. […]

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04.15.16

Danger in the water: the epidemic of lead across America

By Anna Roberts

Lead exposure is a serious and widespread public health concern in the United States that has been highlighted recently through the tragedy in Flint, Michigan. Even small amounts of lead can have serious developmental effects, particularly children and pregnant women, and lead exposure can negatively affect nearly every bodily system. The CDC reports that despite […]

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04.05.16

The Importance of Knowing the History of HIV and AIDS

By Sean Bland

            Hillary Clinton generated controversy last month when she praised Ronald and Nancy Reagan for starting a national conversation about HIV and AIDS. Clinton quickly issued a statement apologizing for her mistake about the Reagans’ record and later published an expanded response. She acknowledged not only how mistaken she was, […]

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