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We covered a lot of ground in April—drug recalls, screening recommendations, and reports about the overprescribing of stimulant medication. But by far, the biggest theme of April was examining health disparities. Below is a recap of the highlights that helped bring this theme into focus.
Health Highlight: Fri. 7, Apr.
“Disparities identified among patients receiving advanced pulmonary support”
A study published this week in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society highlights inequities in life support treatment with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (more commonly referred to as ECMO) for patients in acute respiratory distress.
Health Highlight: Tue. 11, Apr.
“The effects of racism, social exclusion, and discrimination on achieving universal safe water and sanitation in high-income countries”
This article discusses the often-overlooked problem of water and sanitation access in high-income countries (HICs) such as the United States. Policy decisions based on historical prejudices and financial mythos have produced access gaps and barriers, such as those observed in Indigenous and rural communities, and have resulted in large-scale public health disasters such as the Flint, Michigan, and Jackson, Mississippi water crises.
Health Highlight: Thu. 13, Apr.
“HHS Proposes Measures to Bolster Patient-Provider Confidentiality Around Reproductive Health Care” — HHS, Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
In a press statement yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services said that it plans to add protections to the Health Insurance Portability Act (HIPPA) for the release and use of protected health information (PHI), especially when it comes to reproductive health care decisions.
Health Highlight: Tue. 18, Apr.
“Teaching Anti-Racism in the Clinical Environment: The Five-Minute Moment for Racial Justice in Healthcare”
This article examines the benefits of using The 5-Minute Moment, a teaching method typically used to train physical exams to new practitioners, as a routine way to have structured in-the-moment conversations about anti-racism in healthcare.
Health Highlight: Thu. 27, Apr.
“Report Reveals Striking Differences in Oral Health Care Across the U.S.”
In a massive report titled, Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges (2021), the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) found that economic, geographical, and other social barriers, have created a widening health gap in the United States when it comes to dental and oral health.
Health Highlight: Fri. 28, Apr.
“Covid Comics: Decentering White Narratives in Graphic Medicine”
In this interview by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Soha Bayoumi, PhD., Assistant Dean of Harvard College, lecturer in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University, and Senior Lecturer at Johns Hopkins, presents the history, function, and reshaping of Graphic Medicine as a vehicle for understanding and depicting the roles and experiences of patients, parents, and healthcare workers.
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