Category: Health and Medicine

Investigating Reproductive Injustice

Investigating Reproductive Injustice

Black women are more likely to give birth prematurely than any other group of women in the US—Dána-Ain Davis explores this reproductive injustice shrouded in racism

Big Biomedicine

Big Biomedicine

—Joseph E. Davis
The time is ripe for a redirection of biomedical research funding and a larger re-balancing between reductionistic “fixing” and holistic “healing,” requiring a deeper understanding of the “old-fashioned” social and environmental determinants of health and illness and a renewed commitment to addressing them.

Why are we still talking about autism and vaccines? (And why is DeNiro asking us to?)

Why are we still talking about autism and vaccines? (And why is DeNiro asking us to?)

—Jennifer A. Reich
Actor Robert DeNiro hand-picked the documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe to show at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, which he founded. The film, which has since been removed after widespread criticism, explores well-traveled terrain. The controversy over the its inclusion in the festival provides evidence that this conversation isn’t going anywhere for one simple reason: no one can prove a conspiracy doesn’t exist.

Public Statement on Zika Virus in Puerto Rico

We write out of our shared concern over the current Zika virus epidemic in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean in the hopes of making useful interventions. Because of Zika’s adverse effect on fetal development and potential link to Guillan-Barré syndrome, the virus poses serious concerns for public health.

Zika and the Limits of Biomedical Fixes

There are reasons to see the rise of Zika not as another problem in need of a biomedical fix but as a sign of the limits of biomedical fixes.