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History and Health Consequences of Solitary Confinement

Solitary confinement fell out of favor in the 1890s but expanded greatly after the 1960s. Some prisoners are more at risk of isolation than others, and the detrimental impact of solitary on mental health is well-documented.

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Disparities in Maternal Mortality in California

California’s success in preventing maternal mortality is often cited as an example of how other states can improve maternal care, but racial disparities persist.

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Sexbots: The Future of Fornication?

Sex robots are here to stay. Public health professionals need to be involved in the development, design, and research of sexbots and their impact on health.

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The Dangers of Cold Weather

Lane and colleagues analyzed hospital discharge, death certificate, and medical examiner data to identify deaths and illness caused by cold weather in New York City to understand who is most at risk.

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Mining and Mobile Units

Coal miners’ “black lung” is at its highest rate in over two decades. Mobile units, created under a program of the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act, provide miners with chest x-rays and breathing tests to monitor their health.

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Medicaid’s Remarkable Endurance

Over more than five decades, Medicaid has become the nation’s largest public health program and one of its most indispensable. Its sheer size and budgetary demands represent an ongoing challenge, even as its revenue helps fuel state economies.

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Feel the Churn

Health insurance is one of the many elements of a young adult’s life that keeps changing. Insurers call these changes “churning,” or rolling from one type of health plan to the next.

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Black Church, Black Men(tal) Health

Black Churches continue to positively affect the lives of many within the Black community. Black Churches have the potential to increase the effectiveness of the support they provide to congregants, and Black men in particular. 

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Undercounting Heroin

Heroin lasts in the human body for just a few minutes before being converted into morphine and other compounds. This complicates the task of a medical examiner trying to identify the substance that caused an overdose death.

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Three Voices on 3

What do the potential outcomes of today’s vote on MA Question 3 look like for Yes on 3 coalition members Alexis Krohn, Eurah Ko, and Linda Fingerson?

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Vote Yes on 3

Erin Polka urges a YES vote on Massachusetts Ballot Question 3, to uphold a state non-discrimination law and protect the the civil rights of transgender individuals. 

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Prison Chaplain Views on Criminality and Reform

Prison chaplains answered a series of questions focused on causes of crime, reducing recidivism, and the role that personal religtion can play in recidivism. Four prominent themes emerged.

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