In lieu of yesterday’s World AIDS Day and Consider’s latest issue concerning gay men’s right to donate blood, I felt it only appropriate to shed light on another tribulation concerning HIV/AIDS. The world’s leading contributors to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have declared that due to the financial downfall, donation goals will be [...]
The non-profit organizations like Doc2Dock and MedShare finds ways of salvaging and redistributing discarded unused surgical instruments, such as scalpels, needles, and sponges, and to “match the specific needs of hospitals in the developing world.” US doctors often prepare for surgical procedures by opening instrument and supply kits that contain numerous items and only use some of them. US regulations stipulate [...]
Yesterday, Dr. Conrad Murray, who administered the drug that led to pop icon Michael Jackson’s death, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said Jackson died “because of the actions of and the failures to perform legal duties.” Deputy District Attorney David Walgren described Murray’s [...]
Recently President Obama and Democrats in Congress have met much controversy over a proposal to broaden the exemption from new rules that require health insurance plans to cover contraceptives for women free of charge. After protests by Roman Catholic bishops, charities, schools and universities, the White House is considering a change that would grant a broad exemption to health plans [...]
Was the womyn in the image above photoshopped? Does it matter? Norway thinks so. Their government is thinking of implementing a policy that forces advertisements using photoshopped images of models presenting unrealistic beauty ideals to contain a warning label. Norway's Equality Minister on the plan: "'We have to reduce the pressure the beauty ideal generates,' [...]
We have all had those moments where we think that we have given it our all but then were able to push through and exceed our own expectations. In Louisiana, a young man did just that but pushed so far his body could not keep up. Christian Bergeron was in the Lousiana Class 5A State Cross Country [...]
In an article entitled “The Republicans” in this past week’s Economist, former GOP nominee hopeful, Michelle Bachmann, is quoted as saying if she were elected she would have the “doors locked and lights turned off” at the Environmental Protection Agency. -- Before going further, it is important for the reader to know that Bureaucracy runs through my veins. [...]
In his post yesterday, Kelly Brownell of TIME Magazine revived an old idea: tax soda. Various states and cities, he says, are considering leveling such a tax against sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). Besides discouraging the consumption of unhealthful beverages, the economic benefits of such a tax, says Bronwell, would be significant.
One of UM’s most famous faculty members is Christopher Peterson, a psychology professor who’s most famous as the co-founder of positive psychology. Positive psych is essentially a branch of psychology that wants to understand human happiness and thriving, but it’s an umbrella term that covers many different topics. A good introduction to this topic is [...]
...during the state ballot on November 9th, Mississippi voters will be determining whether or not personhood officially starts at conception, a hot debate for well over 40 years. Let's just say I have a lot to dish out about this topic.
Being a huge supporter of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, I was thrilled to learn that the new Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital will be opening this November with an outstanding collection of 241 individual art pieces.
There are two lovely posts that cropped up last week defending NJ Governor Chris Christie from attacks on his girth: Jonathan Chait’s Chris Christie is Fat. So What? in New York Magazine and Frank Bruni’s The Round and the Oval in the New York Times...
This past Wednesday, US federal court blocked a Florida law that sought to limit doctors’ ability to question patients about their personal gun possession. District Judge Marcia Cooke argued that the law violated the US Constitution’s First Amendment’s free speech protections. This case presents an interesting contrast of ethics and constitutional law.
Matt Goulding, the Food Nutrition Editor at Men’s Health and author of Eat This, Not That, recently took on a challenge to eat as a vegetarian for a month. The goal of his meat-free month was to develop a new relationship with vegetables, in the name of health.
The Reganism of the 1980's saw a political turn to the right. Economist Milton Friedman endorsed this change in the 1980's with the famous TV series “Free to Choose.” Paul Krugman, in his editorial in the New York Times on Friday, argued that “Free to Choose” is really a platitude for “Free to Die."