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11.16.18

Suicide in Prisons and Jails: A Growing Concern

By Mehgan Gallagher

Photo Credit: Urdupoint.com Suicide among inmates in prisons and jails in the United States and abroad is a serious concern.  The United States has lower rates of suicide in prison compared to Western European and Nordic countries   However, compared to other nations, the United States has the highest prison population in the world and rates […]

Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

08.10.18

Preventive Care and The Health Coach Revolution

By Mehgan Gallagher

There has been a recent surge of talk about health coaches popping up in gyms, doctors’ offices, and in magazines.  A health coach is someone who is educated in the field of exercise, nutrition, diet, and overall well-being.  The Institute for Integrative Nutritiondefines a health coach as “a wellness authority and supportive mentor who motivates […]

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07.16.18

The incivility of (too-) civil society in the tuberculosis response

By John Stephens

Anyone who knows the world of the global tuberculosis response knows, too, its refrain: “We must do for TB what we did for HIV!” It is less rallying cry than lament.  Those of us who form part of “civil society” at the international level in the TB world attend the big TB conferences, but mostly […]

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06.19.18

Celebrity Suicide and the Risk of Contagion

By Mehgan Gallagher

  The recent deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain shocked the world.  It is especially upsetting for people who feel like they have nothing to live for to look at wealthy celebrities who seemingly have it all (fame, money, success) and yet still feel like taking their own lives is […]

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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

By Mehgan Gallagher

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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02.15.18

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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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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07.17.17

Countering the negative public health impacts of the anti-vaccination movement

By O’Neill Institute

This blog post was authored by Javier Saladich, a Summer Research Intern at the O’Neill Institute. Javier is a third year law student at ESADE Business and Law School in Barcelona, Spain. Any comments or questions can be emailed to javier.saladich@esade.edu. In light of recent measles outbreaks in Europe and the United States and a […]

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