Addressing Tuberculosis, Diabetes, and Drug Overdoses Globally: Community-Informed Solutions

Although tuberculosis (TB) has had a cure since 1948, there were an estimated 10.4 million new cases of TB in 2015 [1]. TB, the leading infectious killer of adults in the world, claimed the lives of over 1.8 million people in 2015- that’s roughly 4,000 people every day dying from a preventable, curable disease. It […]

The Importance of Palliative Care for an Aging World

English/Spanish Transcript of Interview with Rab Razzak, M.D. Director, Outpatient Palliative Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine Transcripcion Ingles/Español de la Entrevista con Rab Razzak, M.D. Director, Cuidado Paliativo Ambulatorio, Johns Hopkins Medicine  English  What is Palliative Care? Palliative care is specialized care for people with serious illness. We deal with any serious illness at any stage or at […]

Perinatal depression among adolescents and access to mental health services

Meg, a high school student, got pregnant at fifteen. Apparently, this came as a shocker to her peers, parents, teachers, and even to herself. Consequently, Meg panicked and had difficulties concentrating on tasks and even entertained thoughts of suicide. She, however, carried the pregnancy to full term. But, after the delivery, she persistently had generalised […]

Trauma Informed Care: A Call to Action

While all across the country our living rooms were saturated with images of a burning city falling into a chaotic state, a reality exists beneath the surface and in the historical fabric of this city. The reaction to the death of Freddie Gray was the result of a City whose most vulnerable residents felt they […]

Diabetes: Global Perspective

Not so long ago, diabetes was rare and something that happened to one’s grandparents as they aged. Now, the world is grappling with a major epidemic of type 2 diabetes as well as an increase in type 1 diabetes. Once called “adult-onset” diabetes, type 2 diabetes can even impact children due to increase in obesity, […]

Clima de Cambio: Un día histórico

El 11 de Diciembre del 2015, concluyó una de las reuniones climáticas más importante de la humanidad. Fueron horas de debates, de negociaciones hasta el amanecer, de discusiones que tenían un solo fin: lograr un acuerdo vinculante en París, que permita un camino de baja emisiones hacia el desarrollo sustentable. Un pacto que permitirá que […]

African Indigenous Health Knowledge and Food Safety

By Prof. Anneke Zuyderduin, RN PhD and Prof. Abel Pienaar, RN PhD Training African nurses under the educational model in the Western biomedical tradition has resulted in a loss of connection with indigenous knowledge systems, as well as undervaluing the merits of intuition and the spiritual paradigm. For example, marginalized indigenous populations such as the KhoiSan in […]

Food for thought: the role of nutrition and health in non-communicable diseases.

By Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN Dean & Professor Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Epidemiological transitions have seen a global shift from the burden of communicable to non-communicable disease. Internationally, there is a significant burden of premature death and disability attributed to chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke.