Unsettled, yet undaunted, while caring for patients
Travel nurses ask themselves what 'home' means during a year like no other: What is essential to our mental/physical well-being? 'How do we keep our cups full ... to care for people ... even when our own worlds are uprooted and compromised?'
Misinformation impedes efforts to vaccinate Latinos
Health officials tout benefits of Covid-19 vaccines to those most vulnerable; Latinos have experienced higher infection rates, likely because of outside factors that include working in jobs that can't be done from home.
Vaccine wariness among Blacks fueled by history, bias
Many in the Black community are hesitant to get a Covid-19 vaccine due to implicit bias and the history of unethical medical research practiced on Black people — most notably the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.
'Covid does not safely contain itself inside (prison) walls'
Adnan Khan, executive director of Re:store Justice, was incarcerated for 16 years. He says the United States has a mass incarceration problem, people’s health is at stake, and one way to solve for both is decarceration.
Racial disparities plague healthcare in the United States
In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged that there is ‘increasing evidence that some racial and ethnic minority groups are being disproportionately affected by Covid-19.’ Similar disparities exist for other illnesses and medical conditions.
The burden of disease — and the ripple effects of bias
Dr. Ofole Mgbako, an internal medicine doctor and infectious disease specialist in New York, entered the medical field to help fight the disparate burden of disease facing communities of color and the LGBTQ community.
Family supports 20-something as she cares for grandpa
Leslie Desmond’s family saw a gruff alcoholic. Desmond saw a quick-witted card shark with whom she had a deep bond. So when her grandfather's Alzheimer's progressed, she seemed a natural fit to be his caregiver, even though she was only in her 20s.
In quests for perfection, should we decide who lives?
Julie Messina’s son, Evan, has Down syndrome. In sharing her experiences, Julie gets at the heart of a modern ethical dilemma. Just because we can screen for genetic abnormalities – and in doing so, minimize and potentially remove the presence of disability – to what extent should we?
Prenatal genetic testing — and the risks — explained
When it comes to prenatal genetic testing, there are two main options that parents can choose. One is less invasive, while the other can diagnose whether your fetus has certain disorders but carries a small risk of compromising the pregnancy.
Non-Covid efforts put on ice as science grapples with virus
All hands on deck: Infectious disease experts shelved other medical research projects to join unprecedented and swift pursuit of treatments and vaccines for the novel coronavirus sweeping the nation and the world.
Joe Blumenfeld participates in a support group for males of childhood sexual trauma. Instead of driving 90 miles weekly from his home in Natick, Mass., he now opens his laptop and jumps on a Zoom session, and he has discovered some surprising benefits of this new form of support.
Doctors take to TikTok to reach younger audiences.
On TikTok and Instagram, doctors and public health officials are trying to reach the public with reliable information on the digital platforms where people spend time. Corey Hannah Basch Ed.D., M.P.H., CHES, professor at William Paterson University helps explain why.