Category: Health & Medicine

the good work of Jon Fielder

I’m honored to know Jon Fielder and call him a friend. This article at The Gospel Coalition describes the good work he’s done in Africa to treat patients, teach health professionals, and proclaim the Gospel in word and deed. It...

/ June 20, 2018

global health innovations: delivering blood by drones!

I’m really enjoying MTV News’ Africa Specific series on various happenings in Africa — it’s not just “gee-whiz” stories, but substantial reporting that digs into some of the more complex political and social changes happening in many countries. This story...

/ June 15, 2018

professionalism: the emperor has no clothes!

I’ve long wondered about the dominance of “professionalism” as the guiding moral code for physicians, and I’m glad to have found this article via The Good Physician Project that explains why it’s such an uneasy stricture: To defend its conclusions,...

/ June 12, 2018

an abortion thought experiment

Yesterday’s post got me thinking, and I have an honest question for those who think abortion ought to be legal and that our current genetic testing regime for things like Down’s Syndrome is appropriate. Suppose a genetic link to homosexual...

/ June 7, 2018

information and abortion

Ruth Graham examines the question of screening for Down’s Syndrome (often as a prelude to abortion) in this excellent article, particularly the question of trying to focus on giving information: Even in the best of circumstances, the conversation is a high-wire...

/ June 6, 2018

“Traumatized officers sent out to deal with traumatized citizens”

Baynard Woods tells the story of a Baltimore police officer struggling with mental illness very well here: In a city like Baltimore, where a large number of citizens are suffering from severe and repeated trauma, often at levels higher than...

/ May 29, 2018

the public health promise of vaping

Smoking is very, very bad. It’s in everyone’s interest to cut it back. And it looks like e-cigarettes might be helpful as smokers try to quit! And then the kids started doing it… and then the kids found the juul. Cigarette...

/ May 22, 2018

what kind of diet should we eat?

I’ve never seen a better, more succinct Q&A on what a good diet means, so I’m sharing this one: I feel smarter, but what happens when new information comes out, like, tomorrow? How can I stay up to date? It seems...

/ May 16, 2018

life and death for black mothers and their babies

This NYT Mag story about a young woman who lost a baby to unrecognized preeclampsia and then had another baby shortly thereafter with the help of a doula is arresting. It highlights some of the research (discussed at greater length...

/ April 24, 2018

performance improvement: if all you measure is garbage, you will get garbage

The New England Journal of Medicine has a fun little post examining measures for performance improvement. As you may or may not know, doctors are notoriously bad at following guidelines or understanding evidence. Many patients wander through the healthcare system...

/ April 20, 2018