How old is too old to drive?

Email Twitter Facebook LinkedIn WhatsApp Messenger When Britain’s Prince Philip crashed his Land Rover into another vehicle on Jan. 17, 2019, many people were surprised that he was still driving at age 97. Many thought that surely someone – the queen perhaps? – would have persuaded him to give it up, or would have “taken […]

To end the HIV epidemic, addressing poverty and inequities one of most important treatments

Homelessness is a major driver of HIV/AIDS. Andrew Marcus/ Email Twitter Facebook LinkedIn WhatsApp Messenger In his State of the Union speech, President Trump called for ending the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and senior public health officials stated that the government plans to […]

Why it’s so difficult for scientists to predict the next outbreak of a dangerous disease

Email Twitter Facebook LinkedIn WhatsApp Messenger A two-year-old boy in rural Guinea died of Ebola in December 2014. Over the next two years, almost 30,000 people in West Africa would be infected with the Ebola virus. Why, unlike the previous 17 Ebola outbreaks, did this one grow so large, so quickly? What, if anything, can […]

Confusing and high bills for cancer patients add to anxiety and suffering

Email Twitter Facebook LinkedIn WhatsApp Messenger Weeks after my father passed away from cancer in 2010, my newly widowed mother received a bill for US$11,000. Insurance retroactively denied a submitted claim for one of his last chemotherapy treatments, claiming it was “experimental.” All of the prior identical chemotherapy treatments he had received had been covered, […]

Why the US has higher drug prices than other countries

Email Twitter Facebook LinkedIn WhatsApp Messenger Spending on pharmaceuticals is on the rise worldwide. And it well should be. Today, we are able to cure some diseases like hepatitis C that were virtual death sentences just a few years ago. This progress required significant investments by governments and private companies alike. Unquestionably, the world is […]

Dying while black: Perpetual gaps exist in health care for African-Americans

Email Twitter Facebook LinkedIn WhatsApp Messenger Several years ago, MapQuest directed me on a 10-hour drive to visit my father in a Florida hospital. Complications from diabetes, including blindness, kidney failure, congestive heart failure, and a below-the-knee amputation, had taken their toll. This time my father, 69, was hospitalized for an infection of unknown origin […]