Blue Gold: The Global Cost of Water Privatization

BY FRANCES FAGAN Major shifts in the availability and purity of water have already begun to affect the health of the Earth’s water cycle and water-dependent ecosystems. Through carbon emissions and other unregulated business practices, we spew large quantities of harmful pollutants into the atmosphere that leech into our soil and limited groundwater reservoirs. This…

Red Meat and Processed Meat and the Risk of Cancer

BY REBECCA SLUTSKY It’s a tough time for lovers of hot dogs, bacon and beef jerky. After twenty years of research, the World Health Organization’s cancer research group recently announced that there is significant evidence that processed meat is a carcinogen that can cause colorectal cancer in humans.1 In addition, the research concluded that there…

Inclusion, Not Exclusion: Expanding Healthcare Access to Undocumented Immigrants in California

BY JADE HARVEY With 2.55 out of the nation’s 11.2 million undocumented immigrants living in California, the Golden State is host to the nation’s largest percentage of undocumented immigrants in the country. While undocumented immigrants make up approximately 6.8 percent of the state’s residents, they also represent an overwhelming 24 percent of the uninsured population.1…

A Conversation with Joanna Radin: A Historical Approach to Global Health

BY ANABEL STAROSTA Professor Joanna Radin is an Assistant Professor of History of Science and Medicine, and last semester taught a course called Historical Perspectives on Global Health. Today, the term global health describes a crucial, widespread framework that brings together public health workers, philanthropists, economists, politicians, activists, and students worldwide. But global health did not simply spring up…

Where Being Queer is a Risk Factor: The Unseen Health Effects of Being Gay in Southeast Asia

BY SARAH HOUSEHOLDER On June 27th, 2015, hundreds of Americans waiting outside the Supreme Court building erupted into cheers as it was announced that the Supreme Court had officially ruled that “same-sex marriage is a legal right.”1 Celebrations across the nation broke out and couples rushed to courthouses to legalize longstanding relationships. On such a…