Health Equity

Nearly Half of Dementia Cases Could Be Prevented or Delayed

International dementia experts have expanded their list of risk factors that, if reduced or eliminated, could prevent or delay 40% of dementia cases worldwide.

Read in JAMA

Covid-19 is pushing doctors to the brink. Medicine needs to recognize they’re human and need help.

In the last year of my residency training, I wasn’t myself. I was exhausted but lay awake between shifts, unable to sleep. I went four days without eating. I lost 12 pounds in a month. I couldn’t muster interest in much of anything, including my own wedding plans. In brief, I had an ordinary disease, which hit me at an ordinary time, in an ordinary way. So, I did what doctors with depression do: I hid it. I smiled through my shifts until I couldn’t, then I would walk into the bathroom outside the trauma hallway, cry, wash my face and walk out smiling.

Read in Washington Post

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Remembering healthcare professionals who lost their lives fighting Covid-19

Mexican online publication Milenio remembers the many healthcare professionals that lost their lives fighting Covid-19, through this powerful composite image.

Read in Milenio

Rural Matters — Coronavirus and the Navajo Nation

An account by Heather Kovich, MD, from the Northern Navajo Medical Center, Shiprock, NM, on how Covid-19 is affecting the Navajo community.

Read in NEJM

Diagnosing and Treating Systemic Racism

For physicians, the words “I can’t breathe” are a primal cry for help. As many physicians have left their comfort zones to care for patients with Covid-19–associated respiratory failure, the role of the medical profession in addressing this life-defining need has rarely been clearer. But as George Floyd’s repeated cry of “I can’t breathe” while he was being murdered by a Minneapolis police officer has resounded through the country, the physician’s role has seemed less clear. Police brutality against black people, and the systemic racism of which it is but one lethal manifestation, is a festering public health crisis. Can the medical profession use the tools in its armamentarium to address this deep-rooted disease?

Read in NEJM

The Moral Determinants of Health

The source of what the philosopher Immanuel Kant called “the moral law within” may be mysterious, but its role in the social order is not. In any nation short of dictatorship some form of moral compact, implicit or explicit, should be the basis of a just society. Without a common sense of what is “right,” groups fracture and the fragments wander. Science and knowledge can guide action; they do not cause action.

Comment by Dr. Barry Kerzin

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Choices for the “New Normal”

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has only 15 genes, compared with 30 000 in the human genome. But it is a stern teacher, indeed. Answers to the questions it has raised may reshape both health care and society as a whole.

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Police Reform: Warrior to Guardian

The Police Officers’ Bill of Rights Creates a Double Standard

When I was a prosecutor, nothing made a police officer angrier than being treated like a suspect. If we prosecutors asked the officer too many questions about how he obtained evidence or if we questioned his credibility in any way, he would catch an attitude. “Don’t treat me like a suspect” communicated that officer’s belief that he didn’t have to follow the same rules as the citizens he serves and protects. The Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights makes that double standard the law in 14 states.

Read in NY Times

When Police Unions Impede Justice

Across the country, municipal governments have signed contracts with police unions including provisions that shield officers from punishment for brutal behavior as well as from legitimate complaints by the citizens they are supposed to serve. That may soon change, as public outrage over police killings of civilians is ratcheting up pressure on elected officials to radically revise police contracts that make it almost impossible to bring officers to justice.

Read in NY Times

To Hold Police Accountable, Ax the Arbitrators

Communities should have the power to fire abusive officers. But that power often rests with an obscure group of unelected labor arbitrators.

Read in NY Times

George Floyd’s Autopsy and the Structural Gaslighting of America

The weaponization of medical language emboldened white supremacy with the authority of the white coat. How will we stop it from happening again?

Read in The Scientific American

A discussion about how to reform policing

The message is clear: Policing in America is broken and must change. But how?

A discussion about how to reform policing.

Read in NY Times

Kareem Abdul Jabbar Interview (on Racism)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on George Floyd protests: Black Americans have been playing catch-up economically since the Civil War.

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Poverty

The quest for secure property rights in Africa

Handing out title deeds is not enough.

Read in The Economist

Who owns what?

Enforceable property rights are still far too rare in poor countries.

Read in The Economist

Poverty and debt driving young women to self-harm

Report says those from poorest backgrounds five times more likely to harm themselves.

Read in The Guardian

Population Health

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The Virome

Incredible 30 min. discussion of viruses, nature, and balance

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It’s Time for a New Kind of Electronic Health Record

The Covid-19 pandemic presents the U.S. health care system with a mind-boggling array of challenges. One of the most urgent is coping with a simultaneous glut and dearth of information.

Read in Harvard Business Review

Human Rights

John Lewis on Race and Voting Rights

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis discusses race relations and voting rights with reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg.

Read in The New York Times

Take the Next Step Toward Racial Justice

This incipient movement risks being reduced to a fleeting instant of heightened consciousness.

Read in The New York Times

Kadir Nelson’s “Say Their Names”

A closeup examination of the artist’s latest cover, in which the murder of George Floyd embodies the history of violence inflicted upon black people in America.

Read in The New Yorker

Civil Rights Law Protects Gay and Transgender Workers, Supreme Court Rules

The court said the language of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination, applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Read in NY Times

Climate Crisis

Democrats announce climate road map focused on racial justice

The ‘Climate Crisis Action Plan’ calls for reaching a 100% clean, net-zero economy in the US no later than 2050

Read in The Independent