Tagged public health

A Call for Correctional Healthcare Reform

Incarcerated people are the only people who are constitutionally guaranteed primary healthcare (1). It was determined that a failure to provide proper medical care to inmates violates the eight amendment. Yet, incarcerated and non-incarcerated population have among the most stark health disparities.  According to a 2017 Bureau of Justice statistics, more than half of state…

Starting Today

After graduating from WashU, I entered an MD/PhD program. As most students who decide on this path, I was excited and eager. With strong academic achievements and even stronger hopes and dreams, nothing could stand in my way. Yet, in only three years, I have witnessed multiple students (some with better grades and bigger dreams)…

Changing Climate, Changing Health

The environment is not the same as it was ten years ago, and will not be the same ten years from now. There has been an increase in the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases released to the atmosphere, and these gases are getting trapped. When these gases cannot escape the atmosphere, average…

Marijuana Legalization: Half-Baked?

In 1996, marijuana was illegal everywhere in America. Now, just over twenty years later, cannabis has become a normalized substance: 33 states have legalized the drug in some form, ten states have legalized it for recreational use, and a majority of Americans now support legal pot. The effort to reverse the ban on weed has…

Mental Health: An Infectious Disease of Poverty

Socioeconomic status has long been considered as a potential explanation for discrepancies in professional expectations, lifestyle trends, and mental and physical health in America. The relationship between household income and mental disorders has been especially thoroughly examined. Numerous longitudinal studies over the years have consistently found a damningly strong correlation between the two variables. In…

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