Posts in Public Health
Long-lasting American Indian Health Disparities: An Interview with Dr. David Jones

American Indians in the United States have faced health disparities for over 500 years. Dr. David Jones, Harvard University A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine, has been a key advocate challenging immodest claims of causality regarding American Indian health. His initial research focused on epidemics among American Indians, resulting in a book, Rationalizing Epidemics: Meanings and Uses of American Indian Mortality since 1600 (published by Harvard University Press in 2004), and several articles. Jones has also examined human subjects research, Cold War medicine, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and the history of cardiac surgery. The first book from this work, Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013) examines why it can be so difficult for physicians to determine the efficacy and safety of their treatments. He is now at work on two follow up books. One, On the Origins of Therapies, will trace the evolution of coronary artery bypass surgery. The other examines the history of heart disease and cardiac therapeutics in India.

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An Innovative Solution for the Global Problem of Poor Vision

Across the world, two and one half billion people live with uncorrected vision, 80% of whom reside in low resource settings. Beyond the cost of not being able to see the world clearly, uncorrected refractive errors (a major source of uncorrected vision) cost a global $227 billion dollars in lost productivity per year. Currently, there exists one solution that has yet not been explored which has the potential to radically lower the cost of corrective eyewear and leap across the urban-rural divide: pinhole glasses.

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Future Leaders of Medicine Making a Difference Today

Social Media (#SoMe) has become a global phenomenon with more than 73% of adults actively engaged online. Specific to healthcare, these applications are being included with ever increasing frequency as a complement to both patient treatment and medical training. Furthermore, #SoMe has permitted medical innovators to transcend traditional limits and collaborate via methods previously unexplored. These platforms will only become more influential in the healthcare sector as more people around the world gain internet access.

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Moving Forward from the Flint Water Crisis: An Interview with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, pediatrician and director of the Hurley Medical Center's Pediatric Residency Program, discusses the Flint water crisis and the work that remains to be done.

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The Importance of Caring in Caregiving: An Interview with Dr. Sandeep Jauhar

Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, cardiologist and director of the Heart Failure Program at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, discusses the challenges faced by caregivers and the importance of putting people first in the process of providing care. 

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