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-By Sarah Esselborn

The consequences of the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010 are still felt today. Specifically, the cholera outbreak brought by U.N. Peacekeepers from Nepal in October of 2010 has had serious effects on the people in Haiti (NBC News 2014). As of March of 2013, more than 650,000 cases had been identified and 7,441 deaths (Grandesso 2014). By contrast, in the United States, the average number of cholera cases per year is 6 (and these are non-fatal). I have spent time in Haiti, my last visit returning the day before this devastating earthquake. These Haitian people getting cholera and dying are people I deeply care for. I want to bring hope to this seemingly devastating situation. (more…)

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-By Sarah Boyd

The Inuit population is an indigenous group inhabiting Greenland, parts of Artic Canada, and the United States (Alaska). Following centuries old tradition within harsh and chilling conditions, the Inuit obtain food through hunting, fishing, and gathering. This includes hunting fish, seal, caribou, whale, walrus, polar bear, musk ox, fox, and wolf (1). “Because the Inuit in Canada and Greenland eat top predators such as beluga whales and seals, they are among the world’s most contaminated human beings” (4). (more…)

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-By Michelle Tagerman

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as ‘Obamacare,’ was recently implemented with the goals of making health insurance coverage more affordable by expanding coverage, controlling the spiraling costs of health care and making health care delivery more efficient (KFF, 2013). To do so, state health exchanges were created where people are able shop for health insurance. In addition, government subsidies to purchase insurance are available for the poor. By lowering the cost of health insurance, the law was aimed at making health care accessible to all uninsured or under-insured American citizens by providing government subsidies. Unfortunately, the act has failed to eliminate several health disparities, (Davis & Walter, 2011) as will be discussed. (more…)

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By Kimi Sharma
As it was every Sunday morning, my e-mail inbox had been inundated with TED talks that my father thought would explore the untarnished brilliance of individuals in society and help incite my dormant passion to bring about change. I was expecting the usual group of talks by respected and inspiring doctors through which my father hinted at his burning desire for me to attend medical school despite my fervent rejection of the idea. So on that Sunday I watched a TED talk that largely reinstated my faith in an individual’s undying determination to aid others (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6qqqVwM6bMM). (more…)

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By Hannah Parrish

One’s annual income and socioeconomic status is an unsettling predictor of health in the United States. More advantaged individuals are commonly in better health, but why? Health should not be a luxury but rather a human right – rich, poor, black, white, young, old. At the end of the day we are all people. So why is it that in the US wealth = health?

First off all, your environment is a critical determinant of health as it determines what you are exposed to on a daily basis. When deciding what neighborhood to live in (if you are lucky enough to have that choice) you are ultimately deciding what physical, chemical, and social agents you are exposing yourself too on a daily basis. People living at or below the poverty line rely on subsidized government housing, which provides a toxic environment to health. (more…)

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By Lauren MacMullen

Imagine a disease, a fatal disease that kills approximately 1.5 million people every year, and 8.7 million new cases arise each year. When scientists develop vaccines and drug treatments for this disease hope is restored, but what happens when the disease mutates and becomes resistant the basically any form of treatment? (more…)

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By Jeannie Do

How do you solve the world hunger problem? By providing food, of course! But wait, in India it seems like there are people who are eating the same adequate amount of foods everyday but there still seems to be nutrition related illnesses. That is because India has a “hidden hunger” which refers to malnutrition where people may be getting food, but those foods are not nutrition dense in order to reach levels of healthy living. Malnutrition does not only limit development of the child, but it also limits the capacity to learn. Even more common than in sub-Saharan Africa, malnutrition hits India by being the cause of half of all childhood deaths.  India’s staple foods include rice and wheat however those foods do not have the crucial vitamins and minerals. Organizations including HarvestPlus collaborated with India’s groups to prepare the implementation of bio-fortification of crops, which is genetically changing the crops so that it has nutrients that it does not normally have. For example, HarvestPlus created an iron-enriches pearl millet seed to farmers in Maharashtra, India. This is supposed to help because iron deficiency is one of the most common and widespread nutritional disorders in India and in the world. (more…)

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