From Behind Bars to Better Care: What the ACA Can Do

From Behind Bars to Better Care: What the ACA Can Do

The US has a total of 3300 country and local jails, which in 2012 provided mandatory health services to over 11 million people (Bachelli et…

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Remembering Patients' Humanness

Remembering Patients’ Humanness

As Jada Bussey-Jones[1] talked with us yesterday, I found myself nodding with understanding when she mentioned that studies show that during their training, medical students…

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Strides in Sex-Education

Strides in Sex-Education

Education and healthcare are fundamentally intertwined.  As more of the GDP is devoted to healthcare, less is available for public education in America.  Despite this…

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Is Telemedicine the Future of Medical Practices?

Is Telemedicine the Future of Medical Practices?

On last Thursday’s lecture, we were introduced to the idea of telemedicine, which is defined as the use of medical information exchanged from one site…

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Mental Illness in Prison Populations

Mental Illness in Prison Populations

In class yesterday, Dr. Joshua Wallenstein addressed the topic of mental health care in the US.  There are a variety of areas of mental health…

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Care for a Dying Patient

Care for a Dying Patient

As our country tries to decrease the cost of healthcare, we must appreciate the extreme cost of dying in America. According to Atul Gawande,  “twenty-five…

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The Ethics of Hope

The Ethics of Hope

                      Studying what it means to be dead, both legally and subjectively, in class has inspired me to explore the case of Jahi…

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A New Look at Palliative Care

A New Look at Palliative Care

Thursday’s class was particularly meaningful to me. As a pre-med student, I have been under the impression that the purpose of medicine is to cure…

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Brace for Impact: More Physician Shortages Are Coming

Brace for Impact: More Physician Shortages Are Coming

Physician shortages have been rising in the past several years. Shortages were around 7,400 in 2008, 13,700 in 2010 and 21,400 2012. This trend will…

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What Does ACA Mean to Safety-net Hospitals

What Does ACA Mean to Safety-net Hospitals

Safety net hospitals (Also called Disproportionate Share Hospitals) are healthcare facilities that provide a disproportionate amount of care to vulnerable populations, usually include patients who…

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Improving Health Outcomes with Evidence-based Design

Improving Health Outcomes with Evidence-based Design

Last week while Ted Johnson was talking to us about care for the geriatric population he also shared a personal story with us about the…

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Vulnerable Veterans: PTSD’s Rising Toll on Our Troops

Vulnerable Veterans: PTSD’s Rising Toll on Our Troops

Years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have highlighted the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders affecting our veterans and fighting…

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Care for the Elderly: What We Can Do to Improve Geriatrics Care

Care for the Elderly: What We Can Do to Improve Geriatrics Care

  Dr. Johnson’s talk on the dilemma in Geriatrics care brings up an issue that people do not like to talk about, because to many…

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Understanding Health Disparities

Understanding Health Disparities

It is well documented that the US spends a large amount of its GDP on healthcare and yet does poorly in comparison to similarly developed…

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Improving Support for Mental Health Services

Improving Support for Mental Health Services

Over the past few decades, mental health has not received enough financial support.  According to Mark et al. (1), mental health and substance abuse spending…

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                              Smartphones Changing the Face of Health Care

Smartphones Changing the Face of Health Care

Today, smartphones are used much more than just a simple device to communicate with friends and families. Whether you are downloading a coupon app for…

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Electronic Health Records and the Digitization of Healthcare

Electronic Health Records and the Digitization of Healthcare

Technology has progressed to the point that most facets of industry have been fundamentally changed by the rise of the digital age. With information being…

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The Future of Hospice Care

The Future of Hospice Care

End-of-life care can be incredibly expensive and emotionally draining to both the patient and his/her family. In fact, it could be the highest medical bill…

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Of Rare Diseases and Zebras...

Of Rare Diseases and Zebras…

I will start by saying that rare diseases are a significant player in modern healthcare that are often overlooked or ignored because they are not…

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