Bangladesh: In Practice

BY SREEJA KODALI Welcoming decorations at a Ramadan celebration in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Source: Sreeja Kodali. Last summer I had the immense privilege of travelling to Dhaka, Bangladesh to assist in the implementation of a new epidemiological study from Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) at the National Institute of Neuro-Sciences (NINS). The study, funded by the National … Continue reading Bangladesh: In Practice

Consider the ASHA: A Qualitative Analysis of Accredited Social Health Activists’ Experiences in Udaipur, India

BY SARA LOCKE Source: Partha Sarathi Sahana. Khushi Baby is a wearable mHealth platform tracking maternal and child health to the last mile. Its mission is to reduce infant and maternal mortality due to vaccine-preventable disease. As explained in the Khushi Baby 2016 Annual Report, the Khushi Baby system comprises of a culturally tailored NFC … Continue reading Consider the ASHA: A Qualitative Analysis of Accredited Social Health Activists’ Experiences in Udaipur, India

Why International Agreements Won’t Solve the Health Crisis of Palm Oil Deforestation in Indonesia

BY AKIELLY HU Forest fires are mostly caused by human activity. Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, 2011. Source: Rini Sulaiman for Center for International Forestry Research. Last spring break, I had the opportunity to travel to Indonesia to learn about sustainable palm oil with a group from the Yale International Relations Association. As a naïve freshman, … Continue reading Why International Agreements Won’t Solve the Health Crisis of Palm Oil Deforestation in Indonesia

An Examination of the Opioid Crisis: Methods of Mitigating Pain

BY NANCY LU A Florida couple passed out in their car with their toddler in January of this year shows the dangers of addiction. Source: CBS News. On January 27, 2017, the image of the Florida couple passed out in their car with a 2-year old toddler in the backseat bore deeply into the hearts … Continue reading An Examination of the Opioid Crisis: Methods of Mitigating Pain

Overcoming Challenges to Hospice Care in China

BY EVALINE XIE A large hospital in Xuzhou, one of the largest cities in China's Jiangsu Province. According to a study in 2012 by researchers at Xuzhou Medical College, only 18.4% of community hospitals in Xuzhou had hospice care services offered. Source: Peter Griffin. Lucius Annaeus Seneca, an ancient Roman statesman and Stoic philosopher once … Continue reading Overcoming Challenges to Hospice Care in China

Failure to Fund: The Mexico City Policy’s Impact on Global Health

BY CAROLINE TANGOREN Source: Wikimedia Commons. On January 23rd, just two days after the historic Women’s March on Washington demonstrated popular support for women’s rights, President Trump signed an executive order to reinstate the Mexico City Policy, dealing a horrible blow to women’s health globally.1 Broadly speaking, this hot-topic policy prevents any international non-governmental organization … Continue reading Failure to Fund: The Mexico City Policy’s Impact on Global Health

White Male Suicide: The Exception to Privelege

BY LAURA MICHAEL A boy poses in a picture for suicide awareness day. Although raising awareness through days like this are very important, initiatives to counter the societal flaws that lead to high suicide rates and to target subsets of the population, like white middle aged men, that have high suicide rates must be viewed … Continue reading White Male Suicide: The Exception to Privelege

Strange Ways: What Virus Evolution Can Tell Us About the Next Epidemic

BY COLIN HEMEZ False-color micrographs of various coronaviruses, including the viruses for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV) and middle east respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV). These viruses are roughly spherical, and display a characteristic “crown” of proteins that decorate the surfaces of the virus particles. Source: NIAID. A New Virus Emerges In mid-November of 2002, a few … Continue reading Strange Ways: What Virus Evolution Can Tell Us About the Next Epidemic

Inside the Doctor-Patient Relationship of China

BY SOPHIA YIN En route to Changsha, China with a group of Yale undergraduates as a part of the MedX Spring Break trip in March of 2015 Source: Jessica Tantivit, Yale University, TD, 2018. For Chinese doctors, patient satisfaction can be—quite literally—a matter of life or death. Official data from China’s Ministry of Health reported … Continue reading Inside the Doctor-Patient Relationship of China

Is Fracking Safe?

BY EMMA PHELPS Arial view of a fracked landscape in Wyoming. Source: Simon Fraser University. Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, is a drilling technique that allows the extraction of previously inaccessible natural gas from shale formations. The United States has experienced a fracking boom in the last decade. In February of 2016, the … Continue reading Is Fracking Safe?