Ask Before Eating Oysters: Strategies to Prevent Shellfish-Borne Diseases

Mollusks are one of the more common sources of foodborne illness in the United States (Dewey-Mattia, 2018). Bivalves are a class of mollusk that includes clams, oysters, scallops and mussels. They are filter-feeders that process large amounts of seawater, which makes them excellent bioaccumulators. Bivalves are a multi-million dollar industry, with 12 million tons harvested […]

“Husbands’ Clubs” Fight For Women’s Rights in West Africa

In West Africa, the United Nations Population Fund is recruiting men to discuss and advocate for women’s reproductive care in their communities. By creating “husband’s clubs” where men  gather with “UNFPA-trained facilitators [to] raise issues, such as the damaging consequences of child marriage and early pregnancy, the need for pregnant women to obtain antenatal care, […]

Female Genital Cutting and Cultural Relativism

In May of 2010, the American Academy of Pediatrics Bioethics Panel issued new guidelines giving doctors permission to give a “ceremonial pinprick” to the clitoris of young girls whose parents were considering taking them overseas to receive a more drastic form of female genital cutting (FGC). By the end of the month, the Academy had […]

Jimmy Carter and the Guinea Worm

Jimmy Carter is my father’s favorite president. Every June and every December Dad gathers us around the thermostat to tell us that Jimmy Carter said to turn the heat up two degrees in the summer and down two degrees in the winter. It was a long time before I learned that President Carter wasn’t reelected […]

Unsafe Abortion

What is Unsafe Abortion?    Unsafe abortion is defined by the World Health Organization as a pregnancy terminated either by persons lacking the necessary skills or in an environment that does not conform to minimal medical standards, or both (Preventing, 2015). WHO estimates that there are 22 million unsafe abortions every year, 98% of which occur […]