To Use or Not to Use: the Clinical Dilemma of Antimicrobials

    Understandably frustrated after 4 weeks of mild coughing, a nicely dressed businesswoman had come for an evaluation. I looked for infection in her Read More

Thoughts After 22 Years of Consumption and Organizing a Food System Symposium

Sarah Dwyer is passionate about developing a multidisciplinary understanding of the ways that food affects health through her work with a community-led nutrition education program Read More

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Expanded Mexico City Policy Threatens Free Speech, Women’s Health

ACLU: Trump’s Version of the ‘Global Gag Rule’ Threatens Global Health and Free Speech Esha Bhandari, staff attorney with the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, and Georgeanne M. Usova, legislative counsel at the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, discuss the potential implications of the Trump administration’s expansion of the Mexico City policy, writing, “[W]ith this…More

Contemporary issues in global health

The global health community recently descended on Washington DC for the discipline’s annual conference held under the capable auspices of the ‘Consortium of Universities for Global Health’. Many of the session topics, satellite sessions, and coffee-break conversations offered microcosmic illustrations of global health issues and evolving trends that warrant further discussion outside of this microcosm. We don’t understand what Planetary Health is, but we know it’s important The theme of the conference – healthy people, health ecosystems – was an uncontroversial choice that plays to the dominant development zeitgeist. Climate change is undeniably preeminent as a global health threat, however it is clear than no one feels particularly confident with the subject – planetary health is still too big and too complex for most. Part of the problem is that the exact definition of planetary health is still up for grabs

Trump Administration’s Expansion Of Mexico City Policy Will Impact U.S. Global AIDS Efforts,…

Washington Post: How a Trump order on abortion could hurt the fight against AIDS in Africa “A Trump administration order took effect this week barring U.S. aid for [foreign] global health organizations that discuss or provide referrals for abortion. But the new policy put another program in the crosshairs: America’s global HIV/AIDS effort. … Under…More

Toddlers, toilet training, and universal access to sanitation

Toddlers, toilet training, and universal access to sanitation hrandall Wed, 05/17/2017 – 12:48 May 17, 2017 Ashley Latimer Senior Advocacy and Communications Officer, PATH I’ve been thinking a lot about toilets lately.  Odd, I know, but I have a toddler who is interested in using the toilet and the prospect of not changing daily diapers is almost too good to be true.  My son is obsessed with using the toilet – he loves to announce when he “has to go.”  He likes to tell everyone that he went “potty” and flushed.  He’s even been known to wave bye-bye as poops swirl down to the septic system. 

Americans, Foreign Policy Community Should Defend, Advance LGBT Equality Worldwide

Washington Post: Joe Biden: Americans must stand with LGBT people around the world Joe Biden, former vice president of the United States “…[A]ny person of conscience, regardless of their religious or partisan beliefs, should be able to agree: Violence against any person, in any form, is intolerable. No one should be killed, tortured, assaulted, or…More

Mexico City Policy Could Reverse Global Health Progress Worldwide

Washington Post: The ‘global gag rule’ on abortion just got much bigger — and much worse Editorial Board “…The consequences [of the Mexico City policy] will be catastrophic. Developing countries have spent the past decade revamping their health systems so patients can get many types of care in one place. That means organizations will have…More

USAID Administrator Nominee Mark Green Receives Bipartisan Support Amid Uncertainties…

Associated Press: Broad support for a Trump foreign aid nominee, with a catch “Mark Green is a rare bird in Washington these days — a Donald Trump nominee with broad bipartisan support. But there’s a catch to his potential posting as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. The agency faces a starkly uncertain…More

Needs Of Released Chibok Girls Underscore Importance Of U.S. Funding For Women’s Health,…

Washington Post: How Trump’s global war on women could hurt the Chibok girls Karen Attiah, global opinions editor at the Washington Post “If the United States is serious about Boko Haram and #BringBackOurGirls, President Trump’s administration should #BringBackFundingForGlobalWomen. … Now, one effect of the [Chibok] girls’ release [by Boko Haram] may be to reveal how…More

Trump Administration’s UNFPA Cuts Will Impact Young Mothers In Nigeria, Agency Official,…

Washington Post: How teen moms in Nigeria could wind up hurt by Trump’s U.N. cuts “…Last month, the Trump administration announced it would eliminate U.S. funding for the U.N. population agency, saying that it partners with the Chinese government, which runs programs involving coerced abortion and forced sterilization.

New Birth Waiting Homes to Welcome Expectant Mothers in Sierra Leone

Photo by Emily Bearse / Partners In HealthSupporters gather near the newly built waiting homes during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the end of April. Others are bigger. Elsewhere they’re more plentiful. But it’s tough to beat the understated dignity of the new birth waiting homes that Partners In Health opened in eastern Sierra Leone last week. The three white houses sit on a hill at the quiet edge of the city of Koidu.

“Real” fast food?

“We’re doing this for modern moms…discerning dads…and all those parents who have a fresh perspective on parenting…. We haven’t forgotten our loyal fans who like to keep things fresh.” It might come as a shock to some to learn that this text is from a McDonald’s ad. For others who have watched the food industry slowly pivot towards the alternative food movement, and acquisition by acquisition, appropriate and capitalize on the most marketable aspects of the movement—this campaign is almost expected. For decades, food researchers such as Belasco, Nestle, and Simon have documented how the largest food and beverage companies have been working to appeal to foodies, nutritionists, and other critics of the industrial food system. Here, I will briefly consider three recent corporate strategies to illustrate some of the challenges and opportunities the food industry faces and the inherent contradictions in these strategies

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Examine U.S. Secretary Of State Tillerson’s Speech On, Approach To…

Washington Post: What Rex Tillerson gets right about American values — and what he gets wrong Editorial Board “…[In a speech delivered to the U.S. Department of State on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex] Tillerson was right to point out that the United States must safeguard its national security and economic prosperity if Americans…More

Shifting Americans’ Opinions On Foreign Aid Possible With Knowledge Of How Much U.S. Actually…

Washington Post: Americans love to hate foreign aid, but the right argument makes them like it a lot more Reuben Hurst, PhD candidate at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business; Darren Hawkins, professor of political science at Brigham Young University; and Taylor Tidwell, PhD candidate at the University of Kansas “…[D]espite difficulties in…More

NIH To Receive $2B Increase Under Bipartisan Congressional Budget Deal

Washington Post: Five big wins: Congress boosts medical science funding in key areas “Congress unveiled a bipartisan budget late Sunday that contains a number of welcome surprises for researchers who had been panicking since March, when President Trump proposed deep funding cuts for science and health. Under the deal, the National Institutes of Health will…More

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