Category Archives: Healthcare

They’re Human, Too: Healthcare and Athletes

MOST FANS VIEW PROFESSIONAL athletes as superhuman. While these athletes showcase a level of skill that makes most people gasp in amazement, it is important to remember that they are flesh and bone human beings. When the stadium lights shut … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Heart Disease and the Need for More Research

CHOLESTEROL AND HEART DISEASE Cholesterol is a life sustaining substance needed to make every cell in our body. It is not a source of calories like sugar and fat. Eight hundred milligrams of this crucial substance is made in our … Continue reading

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HIV/AIDs in Champaign-Urbana

AS MANY OF US KNOW, HIV/AIDS has become a major epidemic in Africa. In 2007, the UN estimated that about 1.9 million people were newly infected with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. We see many billboards and other media reminding us … Continue reading

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Native American Healthcare Lagging Behind the Rest

THE EXPECTED LIFE SPAN OF THE NATIVE AMERICANS is nearly five years less than for the general population of the United States and stands around 72. In 1972-1974, infant and maternal mortality rates were, respectively, 25% and 82% higher than … Continue reading

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Health Care Reform = Political Realignment

THE POLITICAL WAR WAGING around health care reform has major ramifications beyond the single issue of health care. Not since the mid-60 has there been an attempt to fundamentally reshape and realign the policies of this country for the common … Continue reading

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Unifying Our Nation and Resolving Our Crisis in Health Care

THE DASCHLE-LAMBREW POSITION, as expressed by Barack Obama during the campaign, contends that single-payer (SP, approximately Canadian-style) health care makes the most sense for its efficiency and ability to stabilize health care financing. But that SP is “not politically feasible … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Cannabis

Oh cannabis, how versatile a plant! Cannabis exists in three forms: Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Ruderalis. It is cannabis Ruderalis that is commonly referred to as industrial hemp. Although many misconceive hemp as an equivalent to marijuana, it … Continue reading

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The Science and Politics of Medical Cannabis

FOLLOWING THE DEFEAT of a medical marijuana bill in 2007, Ray Warren, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) adamantly stated that “We are not going to abandon the patients, doctors and nurses who have worked so … Continue reading

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Jails, Hospitals, Hip-Hop

The one-person show, Jails, Hospitals, and Hip-Hop (JH3) by Danny Hoch was presented at spaces across the UIUC campus. Each performance was followed by a discussion with director, Alex Berg-Jacobson, Assistant Director, Keri Carpenter, and actor, Chris Silcox. One night … Continue reading

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Patch Adams

PATCH ADAMS HAS BLUE HAIR and 45 million people in the United States are without healthcare. While few would disagree that the latter is the more appalling of the two facts most might find the former more shocking. We are … Continue reading

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