Category: Community Health

‘Contagion’ echoes the reality of public health outbreaks

Anyone who sees the Hollywood thriller “Contagion” may be a little on edge. In the film an unknown pathogen moves from Hong Kong to Chicago before globetrotting in a ruthless killing spree. The medical community struggles to contain it and find a cure as the world panics, falling into chaos. Could an epidemic like “Contagion”

Blood, bones, organs, bodies: Scott Carney discusses “The Red Market”

Award-winning journalist Scott Carney spoke at the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies last night about his new book The Red Market: On The Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers. Sitting at the head of a long conference table and surrounded by a double layer of empty

Northwestern student researches plastic surgery needs in Kenya

When David Grant walked the plastic surgery wards in Kenyan hospitals, he noticed most patients were burn victims. “The high incidence of burn injuries and their acute management forces reconstructive surgeons to turn away other patients with non-burn related reconstructive needs, like cleft lips or cub feet or trauma patients from road traffic accidents,” says

Dr. Mark Molitch brings affordable health care to Bolivia

With cold and flu season upon us, people are flocking to the nearest CVS Pharmacy to get their annual flu shot. But what if it wasn’t that easy? What if all that stood between you and the nearest pharmacy was a 100-kilometer dirt road that may or may not be conducive to a four-wheel drive