Re: What is the state of global medicine today?
Everyone deserves quality health care, and to live (as much as possible) free from the burden of disease, but progress towards these goals is, at best, patchy. Economic disparities appear to be the main hurdle.
Market driven health-care systems value the life/health of poor people far less than that of the rich. Thus, in the US a lucky few get wonderful high-tech care from physicians of their choice, yet tens of millions effectively get no health care. Between rich and poor countries the gap is even more marked.
Diseases prevalent in the developing world receive little attention from drug companies who can't see the profit, or from researchers with funding tied to health issues of the (aging) rich.
Disparity between health care systems also robs poorer countries of the medical professionals they trained.
Our global community must re-focus on eliminating/ preventing/ treating the most common and severe diseases. Extra investment can pay off: healthy people are more productive.
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
A plan to forgive almost a trillion dollars in debt would solve the student loan debt crisis, but can it work?
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren has just proposed a bold education reform plan that would forgive billions in student debt.
- The plan would forgive the debt held by more than 30 million Americans.
- The debt forgiveness program is one part of a larger program to make higher education more accessible.
A new method promises to capture an elusive dark world particle.
- Scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) devised a method for trapping dark matter particles.
- Dark matter is estimated to take up 26.8% of all matter in the Universe.
- The researchers will be able to try their approach in 2021, when the LHC goes back online.
In most states, LGBTQ Americans have no legal protections against discrimination in the workplace.
- The Supreme Court will decide whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also applies to gay and transgender people.
- The court, which currently has a probable conservative majority, will likely decide on the cases in 2020.
- Only 21 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws effectively extending the Civil Rights of 1964 to gay and transgender people.
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