Snapshots – March/April 2015

Talking about gay marriage can improve people’s perceptions of the issue, but may not create permanent attitude changes. A recent study, which followed 972 voters’ views on gay marriage for 9 months, found the messenger matters as much as the message. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people who canvassed voters to support same-sex marriage … Continued

The Great Diabetes Epidemic

In the past few months, there have been two deaths from Ebola in the United States, and half a dozen patients with the disease have been transferred from West Africa to specialized U.S. facilities for treatment. Americans are panicking about a U.S. Ebola epidemic, which has evoked a loud call for public health action — … Continued

Young Feminist: The Inevitable Feminist

I recently made a profile for an on-line dating website. I still feel iffy about relegating my dating life to computer algorithms, but as my parents’ “jokes” about bringing me a nice boy from Korea increase in frequency, I figured it was time to take matters into my own hands. My friends helped me answer … Continued

Is a Lower Number Worth a Higher Risk?

Imagine taking a pill, stepping on your scale, and seeing a lower number — just like that, and just in time for Spring’s warmer weather. Now, imagine that lower number coming at a heavy price — and not just the money you’ll spend on your weight loss drug’s prescription. Would you be willing to take … Continued

Maternal Mortality Review – Each Death Matters

The United States is one of few industrialized countries where maternal death rates are rising.1  Rates of maternal mortality in the United States are also higher among certain groups than others, including African-American women, who are three to four times more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than are White women.2 Sadly, the vast majority … Continued