Racial Disparities in Healthcare
June 18th, 2020 Marion Panis
The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have sparked a massive movement against racial injustices faced by the Black community in the United States. These events have reminded Americans of their country’s long history of racism while also revealing the country’s current treatment of Black people and people of color (POC). While law enforcement and government officials face major scrutiny for discrimination, not many people recognize the racial disparity also endured by the Black community in the healthcare field. Historically, many generations of Americans were raised to believe that Black people were an inferior race. The Civil Rights movement that ended in the 1960’s fought for the equal rights of Black people, although many people today, including physicians, still hold racial biases.
Mental Health of Health Care Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic
June 18th, 2020 Marion Panis
The rising number of COVID-19 cases and the severity of their symptoms has given health care workers the fundamental responsibility to treat those affected. Health care workers are being praised more than ever all around the world. From neighborhoods cheering outside their windows every night to the possibilities of eliminating student debt, health care workers are undoubtedly essential to the world’s wellbeing.
The Ethical Implications and Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide
December 2, 2019 Kate Eunice Lorenzo
Toward the final stages of terminal illness, the physician’s focus shifts from lengthening their patient’s lifespan to making them the most comfortable they can be in the end stages of life. However, during this time, many patients feel that the best option for them is to end their lives due to their pain. To combat this situation, physician-assisted suicide became a solution, giving physicians the ability to provide their patients with lethal medication that they may take at any time of their choosing. However, there are many ethical implications associated with this practice.
May 13, 2019 Tiffany Chu
Before the discovery of DNA only seventy years ago, researchers and physicians alike had no idea how to tackle genetic disorders. Now, with the discovery of a new method of treatment called gene editing, scientists have gained the means to make revolutionary progress.
Gene Editing: Our Moral Savior?
May 13, 2019 Sudharshan Achalu
In November of 2018, a chinese researcher named He Jiankui brought the first genetically edited human embryos to life. These twins, Nana and Lulu, will surely occupy the scientific spotlight in the years to come, as they represent society’s first case of the biological and ethical viability of genetic editing in human embryos.
Sexual Assault in the Healthcare Industry
May 12, 2019 Minnie Luu
With the rise of the #MeToo Movement, in which victims of sexual assault raise awareness about its rampant presence in the workplace, different industries have been put under the spotlight for the harassment that occurs behind closed doors. The healthcare industry is no exception to this.
The Forgotten Frontier: Dwindling Healthcare Access in Rural America
February 17, 2019 Anaamika Campeau
Health in America
When we consider inequity in American healthcare, what comes to mind? As a society, we are aware of separate and unequal access to healthcare based on race and gender. Some less “obvious” aspects of healthcare accessibility that circulate popular understanding are immigrant status, socioeconomic class, and highest level of education achieved. Still, we miss one critical determinant of whether or not an individual sees a doctor,
February 10, 2019 Daniel Naranjo Sampson
The threat of disease carries psychological weight. This causes many people to use the internet as a research tool in their healthcare. Research supports this idea since perception of disease risk is a vital influence on health behavior. Some people even try to use the internet as a diagnosis tool. How should we feel about that, and can self-diagnosis improve patient outcomes?
July 09, 2016 Ramola D. Baviskar
ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and is marked by regular periods of inattention and hyperactivity. Its causes are unknown, believed to be a mix of genetic and environmental factors.
The Covert Repercussions of Health Promotion
June 09, 2016 Farwa Feroze
“Don’t kill yourself and us too.”
“Chances are he won’t stay with you. What happens to me?”
When we find ourselves standing in front of a health promotion advertisement, we often only consider the message. What is the campaign promoting against?
The Quandary of Organ Distribution
February 06, 2016 Farwa Feroze
The doctors felt they had no choice; they could not give this five-month-old baby a new heart, thus decreasing his life expectancy to only a few more months. This special baby, Maverick, was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect that could not be improved even after two failed surgeries. Maverick and millions of other people with disabilities do not qualify for organ transplants for different reasons.
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