A Brief History of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study

A Brief History of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study

A 40-year study on syphilis was officially concluded 50 years ago this month. On Nov. 16, 1972, Assistant Secretary for Health Merlin K. Duval instructed the Director of the Center for Disease Control to terminate the “Tuskegee Study.” The study began in the...
The Shamefulness of Maternity Care Deserts in the U.S.

The Shamefulness of Maternity Care Deserts in the U.S.

Nearly seven million women of childbearing age have low or no access to basic obstetric services in their county of residence, according to the March of Dimes “Maternity Care Deserts Across the U.S.” biannual report. The long-term decline in maternity services...
How Health Care Inequities Cost Lives

How Health Care Inequities Cost Lives

One mantra of modern health care is, “Hand hygiene saves lives.” At hospitals, clinics and schools, it is emphasized continuously. The easiest way to avoid disease transmission is to wash your hands thoroughly and consistently. The practice dates back to 1846 when...