A Global Response to a Global Threat

Ignored No More: Reimagining Primary Health Care

November 8, 2019

A genetic mutation that is believed to have occurred 7,300 years ago continues to kill thousands of persons every year in Africa. Researchers studying historical records and analysis of the genomes of close to 3,000 people with some genetic history of Sickle Cell Disease, or SCD, believe that it originated over 250 generations ago in the Green […]

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Climate Change is not an ‘Equal Opportunity’ Crisis

Climate Change is not an ‘Equal Opportunity’ Crisis

November 6, 2019

Sam Aptekar Phuoc Le By PHUOC LE, MD and SAM APTEKAR In the last fifteen years, we have witnessed dozens of natural disasters affecting our most vulnerable patients, from post-hurricane victims in Haiti to drought and famine refugees in Malawi. The vast majority of these patients suffered from acute on chronic disasters, culminating in life-threatening […]

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Dr. Edward Ivy

Improving Access to Care in Sickle Cell Disease

November 2, 2019

Dr. Edward Ivy I have lived with sickle cell disease for 48 years. The toll it takes goes far beyond pain – it has impacted me emotionally, economically, and psychosocially. I missed childhood activities because I was too sick or tired. I missed school days and worked harder to catch up on missed assignments. I […]

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Improving the Affordable Care Act Markets (Part 1)

Improving the Affordable Care Act Markets (Part 1)

October 31, 2019

By JONATHAN HALVORSON, PhD With each passing year, the Affordable Care Act becomes further entrenched in the American health care system. There are dreams on both the far left and far right to repeal and replace it with something they see as better, but the reality is that the ACA is a remarkable achievement which […]

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Everyone Plays a Role in Improving Immunization Rates and Prevent

October 27, 2019

This year, ongoing measles outbreaks have made headlines in the United States and around the world. Domestic measles cases reached a 25-year record high in June and the number continues to climb, with 1,164 confirmed cases in 30 states as of July 25, 2019. We have also experienced widespread outbreaks of hepatitis A across the […]

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Let Patients Lead – Explaining Addiction and Recovery to Families

Let Patients Lead – Explaining Addiction and Recovery to Families

October 25, 2019

By HANS DUVEFELT, MD We knew that the most powerful way to provide substance abuse treatment is in a group setting. Group members can offer support to each other and call out each other’s self deceptions and public excuses, oftentimes more effectively than the clinicians. They share stories and insights, car rides and job leads, […]

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Sickle cell disease affects approximately 100,000 Americans.

Coming Together to Confront Sickle Cell Disease

October 21, 2019

Hope has never been higher for people living with sickle cell disease (SCD) and their families and supporters. With the possibility of a widely available cure within reach, a pipeline of new treatments on the horizon and several initiatives underway to better utilize current tools in the battle against the painful and deadly blood disorder, […]

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Training the Modern Physician: A Call to Incorporate Finance and Law into Medical Education

Training the Modern Physician: A Call to Incorporate Finance and Law into Medical Education

October 19, 2019

By SAI BALA, JD The United States medical education system is heralded as one among the top in the world for medical training. Given the strict standards of education, multiple licensing boards, and continuous oversight by governing bodies, getting a placement to train in the US is extremely competitive.  In 2017 alone, nearly 7000+ non-US […]

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Today, HIV survival can be measured in decades and even near-normal life expectancies.

NIH Adapts to the Changing Epidemiology of HIV Infection

October 15, 2019

Biomedical research has brought us a long way since June 1981, when the first cases of the disease that would later become known as AIDS were reported. At the time, the median survival of a person with AIDS was only one to two years. Today, HIV survival can be measured in decades and even near-normal […]

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Primary Care Is at the Center of a Health Revolution

Primary Care Is at the Center of a Health Revolution

October 13, 2019

By KEVIN WANG, MD If our urgent-care-as-healthcare culture isn’t killing us, it’s certainly wasting our time and resources.  Consider these facts highlighted by Advanced Medical Reviews, based on various studies:  U.S. physicians report that more than 20 percent of overall medical care is not needed. The Congressional Budget Office recently estimated that up to 30 percent of the […]

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