Checking Out Ebola at the Library

Dallas Ebola Outbreak

Kathleen Wallace: Here’s to hoping that the next person who shows up saying they are from Liberia or any other nation suffering greatly will get the attention from the start that is so merited because what may be brewing certainly has the potential to make all of our little daily concerns seem truly paltry.

Cutting Teen Pregnancy and Abortion Rates

Cutting Teen Pregnancy

Tara Culp-Ressler: “We are still in a country where it just makes us skeevy to talk about sex, especially with young folks. It’s a real bummer because we actually have a medical intervention that will work, and we just need to be better about talking about it.”

Congress Supports War

Congress Supports War

Tina Dupuy: Saying they want universal coverage with mostly private insurance along with Medicare but not Obamacare is like saying they want highways maintained by a federal agency with the initials D.O.T.—but not by the Department of Transportation.

The Dumb Debate: Big vs. Small

Big Government Debate

Tina Dupuy: Somehow we’ve been tricked into believing one giant entity wielding unimaginable influence is better than the other giant entity wielding unimaginable influence.

How CVS Can Really Be a Leader in Health

CVS Stops Selling Cigarettes

Tina Dupuy: At most big chain drug stores you can still get your smokes rung up with your COPD inhaler. But CVS said selling tobacco conflicted with their “health care mission” so they’ve opted out of the practice.

Even in California: A Sneaky Threat to Reproductive Health

Religion Interfering With Healthcare

Ruth Dawson: Religiously affiliated hospitals do not have the right to provide sub-standard care by inserting a religious gatekeeper between a doctor and a patient in need, thereby imposing theological views on people who do not necessarily share them.

A Prevention Program for Hubris?

How Ebola Spreads

Kathleen Wallace: But you know there’s an answer medical science has come up with for those with absolutely no improvement from traditional therapy. Fecal transplant. I did not make that up.

Deadly Depression

Robin Williams Depression

Larry Wines: How many more of our people, known and unknown, with talents proven or promised, must we lose because we don’t believe in treating injured, hurting, suffering people, and because we play games with what ailments are acceptable to our sensibilities, and which ones make the sufferer a pariah?

Will Legislative Inaction Compromise AIDS Advances?

AIDS Research Funding

Walter Brasch: Even if there is a cure for AIDS, even if there are significant advances in the treatment and cure of other communicable diseases, it may not mean much if patients can’t get the medical treatment they need because obstructionists are doing their best to separate the people from the solution.