Diseases do not have political or religious beliefs. They are equal opportunity haters. Yes, some diseases will have an affinity for a particular gender, race, age group, but never will they affect your body based on your political ideologies. However, the way our health care systems deal with diseases will intersect with our political leaders, their beliefs, political views, and ideologies. Let’s take female reproductive health care as an example. ...

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I am an avid social media user, and a news junkie who watches news religiously, even when the same stories are being recycled every hour and on every major news outlet. I am a proud member of Generation X, the generation that did not grow up with the internet and read the news the old fashioned way, every morning with my parents, sharing their favorite newspapers and magazines. Several decades ...

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On May 25, 2020, the world was already reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic with a lockdown with no end in sight, when a video taken on a bystander’s cellphone went viral of a man being arrested by several police officers, put on the road in a prone position and one officer kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes, even after he lost consciousness and posed no threat to anyone. Unfortunately, ...

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Coronavirus, COVID-19, social distancing, quarantine, flatten the curve, wash your hands, do not touch your face: These are not terms that I am reading out of any of my of medical school books, these are terms that have become a reality for every household in the world, irrespective of nationality, socioeconomic status, gender, creed, etc. I write this article not as a physician, but as a person full of fear and ...

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I was a foreign medical graduate who in addition to some clinical practice, had begun a career first in managed care as a utilization management coordinator and then as a clinical researcher after finishing medical school and then pursuing a public health degree. A few years ago, life took some unexpected turns, and I found myself in a rather new field of health care known as clinical documentation improvement (CDI). I ...

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