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Innovative Vision-Saving Program Launched in Djibouti

Ethan Chorin | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Ethan Chorin

This past week 11 clinicians and medical students in the Red Sea country of Djibouti received training and began a 3-month pilot program to perform tests to detect Diabetic Retinopathy (DR), a degeneration of the lining of the eye, often associated with diabetes.

This Holiday, Give Yourself the Gift of Health

Carol J. Carter | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Carol J. Carter

This holiday season, some people are facing health care decisions for themselves or a loved one. And for those not facing those decisions now, inevi...

On Thankfulness

Connor Belson | Posted 12.19.2014 | Travel
Connor Belson

The Kamuzu Central Hospital stands tall on a hill in the center of Lilongwe, the capital city of the southern African country Malawi. The largest of the tertiary health centers in the country, Kamuzu Central Hospital sees the widest variety of patients from the widest variety of communities.

25 Tips for Living With Diabetes

Riva Greenberg | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

These tips are in no particular order, and they won't all apply to you. However, if you find one or two you can put into practice, your life and your health may vastly improve.

10 Things to Expect When You Have Cancer

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW

The life of a cancer patient can be summed up in one word: access. Everybody wants access to you. Whether it's the lab tech taking your blood or the chemo staff giving you an infusion, there are lots of "ins and outs" when you have cancer. You'll get used to it.

We're Here, We're Queer, We're Covered!

Julian Aldana | Posted 12.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Julian Aldana

This year, young LGBTQ adults who still lack health insurance have another chance to sign up and reap the benefits of coverage. Some of those benefits include free HIV screenings, depression screenings, well-woman visits and preventive services such as pap tests and mammograms.

Universal Health Coverage: A Smart Investment

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 12.12.2014 | Impact
Jim Yong Kim

Just as a patient with a weak immune system is more susceptible to disease, the Ebola crisis reminds us that a nation with a weak health system is more susceptible to epidemics.

Aging in Place: An Intergenerational Priority

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Designing environments for seniors to age in place is an important part of the benefits communities can provide for individuals in the 21st century. And everyone -- across all generations -- will benefit from this emphasis on promoting better health across the life cycle.

Health of a Nation

Ali Ansary | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Ali Ansary

On days like today, when this country faces incredibly tough public health challenges, it is Vivek Murthy who is the best voice of science and diplomacy.

Life And Death On Your Terms

Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN

Hospice and palliative care are both available to provide end-of-life care. The major differences between the two involve the expected length of time until death and whether or not curative treatment is still being provided.

Massachusetts Chronic Individual Homelessness Pay for Success Initiative

Deborah De Santis | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Supportive housing works. So much so that we have witnessed a nearly 50 percent decline in the number of chronically homeless individuals over the past decade as supportive housing has taken hold and proliferated.

BUILDing Better, Healthier Communities

Brian Castrucci | Posted 12.05.2014 | Impact
Brian Castrucci

Our consequences-based approach to health care will lead to a lifetime of medication, countless doctor visits, and the need for surgery and other costly interventions for those who are chronically ill.

Education, Action and Remembrance: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day for the past two years, The Pollination Project has made seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. We are happy ...

3 Startling Facts About Mental Illness Stigma and 3 Ways You Can Fight It

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

The more we talk about mental illness the same way we talk about physical illness the faster the perception and stigma will change. Your story, or a loved one who has had a victory over mental illness or addiction can inspire others.

Immigration: Three Families, Three Stories

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

There are those who argue that anyone who is in this country illegally should [not] receive benefits. That may, however, be an overly simplistic -- not to mention cruel and unusual -- answer to a very complex issue.

Medical Treatment by Brute Force

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Force-feeding started at Guantanamo in response to fear that self-starving captives would stir anti-American ire. It would be ironic were this response itself to rouse worldwide outrage, making allies less likely to collaborate with us and stiffening our enemies' resolve.

Ebola and the Mobile African

Lottie Ntim | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Lottie Ntim

As the battle against the Ebola rages on, it's safe to say that threats to African mobility, while problematic, have taken us back to the roots of what we do well: Building resilient communities through innovative workarounds.

Waiting for Dr. Milktoast: The Stalled Nomination of Our Next Surgeon General

Maggie Kozel, M.D. | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Maggie Kozel, M.D.

Ebola scares. Antivaccination fads. Rampant obesity. Never has the U.S. been in more urgent need of a Surgeon General. The current nominee, Dr. Murthy, is an outstanding candidate who should have been approved and in place months ago to deal with these urgent challenges. Unfortunately, Congress refuses to take action.

Stigmatize Me, Fool

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kruczyk

Depression isn't weakness. It's an illness. I think this message will make itself clearer as more people feel free to talk about it. So here I am, talking about it.

Mind the Gap: Healthcare Costs Are Unaffordable for People With Intellectual Disabilities

Janet Froetscher | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact
Janet Froetscher

People with intellectual disabilities get less and lower quality health care -- or no health care. They experience much higher rates of preventable disease, chronic pain and premature death.

Health Care Overseas: Is It Really A Viable Option?

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 11.25.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

In many countries you'll find excellent health care, with doctors and other practitioners who have studied at the world's best medical schools and hospitals.

An Open Letter to Business Owners Everywhere: You Can Do Better

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Alexandra Ostrow

As the founder of a marketing consultancy that focuses on social change, I work with my fair share of nonprofits. My team builds awareness around issues like lack of access to healthcare and clean water.

On This Great American Smokeout: Let's Finish It

Robin Koval | Posted 11.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Koval

While products like e-cigarettes may offer current adult smokers a path to quit, nicotine consumption has no place in the lives of young people.

Two Reasons Why Your Company's Health Insurance Premiums Have Gone Up (And Will Keep Going Up)

Gene Marks | Posted 11.20.2014 | Small Business
Gene Marks

So what gives? Why are individual premiums on the health care exchanges decreasing, or only moderately increasing, when so many small businesses (like mine) are seeing significant increases? There are at least two significant things going on here.

Getting Covered Is Good for Rural America

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

Living in a rural community shouldn't have to come with a hefty price tag for health care.