What are food deserts? The phrase food desert might conjure up a lot of conflicting thoughts. And there are an equal number of ways to define a food desert. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) determines if a geographical location is a food desert by two criteria: poverty and geographical distance to a supermarket. … Continue reading Food Deserts in America: Not Just a Geographical Issue
COVID-19 and Rabies—Part 2 Last time, we left off talking about how the rabies vaccine, created in the late 19th century by Louis Pasteur, raises surprising ethical conundrums that do not arise in the case of the COVID-19 vaccine. To briefly recap, rabies is a disease that is nearly always fatal once symptoms appear, but … Continue reading The Different Nature of Two Vaccines
Vaccines from Two Different Worlds Rabies has an interesting place in our society. It is universally feared, yet it is exceedingly rare. Between 1960 and 2018, there were only 125 cases (about 2 cases per year) in the United States. Why does rabies cause so much alarm? Aside from the severe symptoms the disease can … Continue reading Vaccine Series: COVID-19 and Rabies
With the recent news of a COVID-19 vaccine available to the public, it seems more valuable than ever to take a whirlwind tour of the history of vaccines and the current development of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that was developed in less than one year is remarkable, not only because of the speed … Continue reading Launch Vaccine Series: An Introduction
When a patient is having chest pain and trouble breathing, there are many potential lung problems that can cause these symptoms, one of them being lung cancer. If the doctor suspects that there could be a tumor in the lungs, she runs some tests. The best way to determine if there is a cancerous tumor … Continue reading A NEW TECHNIQUE FOR CANCER SCREENING
As our healthcare system has grown more and more costly and complex, it has exposed health disparities and failures of a supposedly advanced and innovative American medical system. Each of us has a story of our own that complicates the reality of medicine in America. These tensions only intensify for medically underserved communities. That is … Continue reading So, What is a Community Health League?