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The State of Abortion Clinics During the Pandemic

Coronavirus has affected the regular functioning of most systems in the United States, including healthcare. Especially in Missouri, accessing healthcare that is not considered essential has been extremely difficult. The debate around abortion access, a time-sensitive and sometimes life-saving treatment, was accentuated during the pandemic.Some states, such as Mississippi and Alabama, have closed down abortion…

Class Spotlight: Writing and Medicine

Dr. Jennifer Arch, Ph.DSenior Lecturer in the Department of English What courses do you teach? What is your teaching philosophy in general? Since 2003, I have taught a variety of courses in the English Department and the Medical Humanities Minor, including History of the English Language, Writing and Medicine, Argumentation, Literature and Medicine, The Sentence…

We Need More Than Pills; We Need People: Mental Health in St. Louis

Mental health encompasses more than just clinically diagnosed conditions that don long, scientific titles. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, mental health is an umbrella term used to characterize any “condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling or mood” (1). Mental health struggles can present in drastically different fashions for different populations. For…

A Spotlight on The SPOT

Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens, more commonly known as The SPOT, is a drop-in clinic located at the Washington University School of Medicine campus and Jennings High School. They offer free services to youth aged 13 to 25 for check-ups, mental health counseling, STD/HIV testing, prevention health care, wellness education, and other services. The SPOT…

Healers and Harmers

Prevention is always better than reaction when it comes to our health. When we eat well and exercise, for example, we generally have to spend less money on our health care and suffer fewer traumatic, expensive, and painful afflictions that can result from not taking care of ourselves. Preventative care is more efficient for the…

Gun Violence and Public Health: For Our Lives, Lives Lost and Lives Forgotten

Seventeen dead in Parkland. Twenty-six dead in Sutherland. Forty-nine dead in Orlando.  Twenty-seven dead at Sandy Hook. Fifty-eight dead in Las Vegas. As death tolls continue to climb and the frequency of mass shootings increase, gun violence has become one of the leading causes of premature death, killing more than 30,000 people and causing nearly…

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