Selling Sickness

Can sickness be sold? Sure, you wouldn’t “sell sickness” in the same way that you would a flat screen TV or an iPhone, but there are individuals who make a living off of this seemingly unusual practice. Selling sickness, also...

/ November 15, 2017

Rethinking Complementary Medicine

Key definitions (1) Conventional medicine: mainstream Western medicine, also known as modern medicine. Complementary medicine: non-mainstream practice used alongside with conventional medicine. Alternative medicine: non-mainstream practice used in place of conventional medicine. Sole administration of non-conventional medicine is uncommon. Integrative...

/ August 18, 2017

An evaluation of food desert solutions

In the 21st century, it’s sometimes hard to believe that people still suffer from massive food insecurity– even in developed nations like the United States. However, as Alyssa discusses in this article, many Americans still struggle to access adequate, nutritious...

/ August 15, 2017

Improving Health Outcomes, One Patient at a Time

The healthcare disparity in America is an ever-growing issue that affects hundreds of cities around the country. One of these cities is Baltimore, where many residents are unable to access treatment for their curable ailments. Due to this issue, too...

/ July 27, 2017

Too Little Care in the United States: A Primary Care Dilemma

Going to the doctor can be enough of a hassle, from having to make an appointment, to filling out stacks of paperwork, and of course, the universally-dreaded waiting room. But for some, the biggest issue is finding is a hospital...

/ April 21, 2017

Evolution of Food Desert Solutions

About 25% of Baltimore residents live a quarter of a mile or more from the nearest grocery store (Johns Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future, 2010). When combined with a lack of transportation and a low median income, these supermarket-free...

/ April 16, 2017

Equitable Care for Minorities

Neonatal death, low birthweight, and pregnancy complications are serious outcomes of reduced prenatal care in the United States. A low birthweight alone causes 30,000 infant deaths. Inadequate care is seen particularly for low-income minority women, so these populations are at...

/ April 16, 2017

Mapping a healthier future: Interview with Food Policy Director Holly Freishtat

Across the country, many populations suffer malnutrition and its associated health complications that result from poor access to nutritious foods. According to the USDA, food deserts, or “low-access communities,” are defined as places where at least 500 people or 33%...

/ April 16, 2017

The Hidden Cost of Emergency Rooms

In the shock following an medical emergency, our first instinct is to get ourselves or our loved ones to the best treatment possible–immediately. It’s this need that causes countless families to rush to emergency rooms each year, all seeking the...

/ April 16, 2017

A Day in the Life of Poverty

My kids. My husband. What would they do without me. I woke up in cold sweat, writhing in pain. My stomach was on fire and every few minutes, I had to go to the restroom. It was 4 in the...

/ January 10, 2017