Daily Archives: August 17, 2020

Racial and Socioeconomic Identity and their Influence on Health

Throughout history, one of the most marginalized groups of America’s population has been the poor. Those who belong to a lower socioeconomic group ultimately bear the brunt of widespread disease. With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to rage worldwide, it is imperative—now more than ever—to evaluate and act on the long-standing factor of income in our…

Coronavirus Vaccine Progress

One of the biggest questions people are asking is when we are going to get a vaccine. Presumably, designing an effective vaccine and wide scale vaccination campaigns will ultimately eradicate the virus or at least allow those vaccinated to return to a new normal. Research is flowing into COVID-19 research of all types, with Congress…

The Positives of COVID-19

What once was touted as the great equalizer—the coronavirus—quickly brought to light the deep-rooted disparities in our society and renewed a push toward change. Based on the discrepant consequences of COVID-19 across demographics, there exists an underlying inequality within our healthcare system. Long after COVID-19 becomes a headline of the past, certain groups of people…

Tomorrow’s Medicine: How the COVID-19 Crisis Showed the Challenges and Possibilities Facing the Future of Healthcare

Stepping into a modern neurosurgical operating suite during an operation, one is immediately surrounded by screens showing everything from patient vitals to CT and MRI scans vital to the area of interest to the operation. Instrument positions are smartly tracked using technologies like Medtronic’s StealthStation S8 Surgical Navigation System®.  Once the patient is out of…

End-Of-Life Decision Making: The Pandemic’s Reminder of Healthcare Inequality

Old warehouses transformed into emergency makeshift morgues highlight just how enormous the COVID-19 death toll proved to be. With funeral homes unable to take in infected corpses, hospital halls lined with body bags and burial services on hold, mourning remains suspended for families who lost loved ones. Death and dying became an imminent threat rather…

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