'White privilege' in American medicine

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More than 27,000 Americans will likely die from a heroin or prescription painkiller overdose this year. While the victims will come from every... Read more

Parkinson's disease: Need to know

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Do you know the signs of Parkinson's disease? You need to–we all need to, and we must spread the word–so that people in every community... Read more

A vaccine against the epidemic of mass imprisonment

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A powerful group of United States senators unveiled a bill last month designed to reform federal criminal sentencing laws. If passed, the Sentencing... Read more

Maternal mortality: A problem with solutions

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Rates of maternal mortality (deaths within one year of the end of a pregnancy) are too high in the United States and too high in Philadelphia... Read more

Proposed 1920s orphanage study just one example in history of scientific racism

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In the late 1920s, scientists hatched an outrageous plan to settle a question at the heart of American racial thought: were differences between... Read more

The Diabetes Blues

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Lord, I’m sick an’ down Can’t tell my head from my feet Lord, I’m sick an’ down Can’t hardly tell... Read more

Ferguson: A tale of health disparities

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This post is part of an exchange between The Public's Health and the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University... Read more

A century after W.E.B. Du Bois, science still gets race wrong

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Most of us today don’t know the name W.E.B. Du Bois. But we should. Du Bois’s pioneering sociological work on race (books like... Read more