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Health Care in US Prison
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Health Care in US Prison

  Healthcare is a huge issue for people in jail and prison.      There are currently 2.4 million people in American prisons. This number has grown by 500 percent in the past 30 years. While the United States has only 5 percent of the world’s population, it holds 25 percent of the world’s total...

Fidel Castro, Poverty, and Race
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Fidel Castro, Poverty, and Race

  “a child is deemed to be living in relative poverty if he or she is growing up in a household where disposable income, when adjusted for family size and composition, is less than 50% of the median disposable household income for the country concerned”   Much is being said and written in recent days...

Sickle Cell Disease
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Sickle Cell Disease

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. First officially recognized by the federal government in 1983, National Sickle Cell Awareness Month calls attention to sickle cell disease (SCD), a genetic disease.       Most people who are diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia are African-Americans, and about 1 in every 365 African-  American children are born with...

To Vaccinate of Not to Vaccinate?
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To Vaccinate of Not to Vaccinate?

Your child spends more time at school than anywhere else except home. One of the many things that you now must  consider as back-to-school preparations begin: state laws that require students to be vaccinated in order to attend school. Now that vaccines have virtually eliminated many once-feared diseases, the possibility of vaccine side effects or...

The Final Battle: Muhammad Ali and Parkinson’s Disease
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The Final Battle: Muhammad Ali and Parkinson’s Disease

In light of the recent news on the passing of Muhammad Ali, I thought it would be appropriate to take the opportunity to focus on the realities of Parkinson’s disease and what you need to know about the illness. While you’re probably familiar that The Champ had been living with the disease since 1984, chances...

Children, Poverty, and Race
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Children, Poverty, and Race

According to the Office of Research at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the U.S. has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the developed world. Of the 35 wealthy countries studied by UNICEF, only Romania has a child poverty rate higher than the 23 percent rate in the U.S. The rate is based on...

Lack of Access to Life-Saving Medicines: Drug Patents and Prices
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Lack of Access to Life-Saving Medicines: Drug Patents and Prices

The problem of access to life-saving medicines is proving more deadly than many of the most deadly diseases themselves. Millions of people in developing countries will die within 3 years without immediate access to affordable antiretroviral medicines, according to the World Health Organization. As dismal as availability of essential medicines is, access to newer medicines,...

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Aging and Healthcare in Cuba

“Many men can draft many laws. But few have the piercing and humane eye, which can see beyond the words to the people that they touch. Few can see past the speeches and the political battles to the doctor over there that is tending the infirm, and to the hospital that is receiving those in...

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Homeless Children and Adults in America

The United States’ economy, recently on the brink of collapse, appears to be making a recovery. The poorest families haven’t yet seen the benefits of the recovery. The result is an increase of homeless children and adults. According to federal law, homeless children include those who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Although...

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Know Who’s Providing your Care in the Hospital

When you become a patient at a hospital you and your family enter a partnership with your healthcare team. Chances are, you’ll be in what is known as a “Teaching Hospital”.                                       The U.S. health care system...