Limiting Women’s Healthcare Access for the Sake of Corporations’ Religious Freedom?

Monday’s Supreme Court ruling that closely held corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage for their employees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) spurs controversy and concern for the future as it pertains to women’s access to healthcare services.

English: Picture Of Ortho Tri-Cyclen oral contraceptives with Ortho Dialpak dispensers (photo taken by self). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The ACA requires employers to cover the full range of contraception in their health care plans at no cost to their female employees with exemptions for churches and accommodations for religious hospitals, schools and non-profits. Last week’s ruling asserts that requiring …read more

Impress Your Cells to Improve Your Health

Cells (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do cells have a moral compass? It seems they do (in a way) according to a study on the genetic effects of happiness conducted by the University of North Carolina and University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers asked volunteers to fill out surveys on if they felt satisfied with their lives. The results showed that those whose happiness was tied to service to others or a higher purpose showed lower levels of biological markers that result in inflammation. This inflammation has been linked to cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In contrast those whose happiness was …read more

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can Choose

The war against women’s rights is being waged in many states, but none quite as publicized as Texas. We’ve written about Wendy Davis’s astonishing filibuster and the social media campaign it spurred into action. Now the next generation of #standwithWendy has arrived. A pop up telethon took place on Monday night to raise money for women who were suffering under Texas’ dangerous abortion laws.

The telethon took place for three hours and was accessible via the internet site www.ladypartsjustice.com. If you missed it you can go back and watch it now. You also have the …read more

Keep the Health Care Baby; Toss the Technology Bath Water

Bath-time (Photo credit: Photo-Fenix.com)

On one recent evening, as I was flipping channels to get to my favorite news program, I came across a television game show called Let’s Ask America. It’s sort of the Family Feud meets Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Okay, so I like game shows and the news. The concept of the show is that using Skype, four contestants play from their homes responding to questions with two to four possible answers. The answers are based on surveying Americans from various walks of life – moms, business people, high school students, etc. On this …read more

How can you help?

As we head into day 9 of the government shut down, the impact continues to be felt across the nation. For example, WIC Associations have been forced to stop accepting new applicants. When a can of formula can cost $15 and only lasts 3 days, families will be faced with harsh choices.

Where the government is failing, individuals and non-profits are stepping in and up. Due to the funding lapse, military families are not receiving death benefits for their lost loved ones. These benefits are used to fly family members to Dover Airbase to pick up their deceased loved one …read more

The Arc of History Bends towards Access for Everyone

For 35 years, “care” has been at the center of Baltimore-based healthcare provider, Chase Brexton’s mission. At their Cathedral Street location, they have served thousands of community members in the areas of medical care, behavioral health, dental care, pharmacy services and specialty services, to name a few.

Chase Brexton Health Services groundbreaking (Photo credit: MDGovpics)

For months, we have watched as the beautiful old Monumental Life Building on Charles Street was transformed into Chase Brexton Health Services’ new home. The 178,000 square foot building allows the service provider to throw open its doors even wider, and to better honor …read more

The Dangers of Lead Still Loom

Jamaica has had a 40% drop in its murder rate from 2009 to 2013. There are many events that may have attributed to this drop: a major drug lord arrest; an emphasis on community police, violence reduction and combating corruption; and replacing leaded gasoline with unleaded. Wait, unleaded gasoline? That’s right. From 1990-2000, Jamaica started to phase out leaded gasoline, which leads some to believe that the beneficial impact of youth with lower levels of lead poisoning is just beginning.

Leaded gas which has been banned in the US since 1995, one of TIME’s 50 worst inventions, has been linked …read more

Don’t Mess with Texas’ Women’s Rights

We wrote about Wendy Davis on our sister blog, all things e last week and the importance of her 11 hour filibuster to prevent a vote on strict new abortion laws during a special session of the Texas Senate. “Over 120,000 tuned in to the livestream and comments abounded on Facebook and Twitter in support. When the vote seemed eminent spectators caused such frenzy that the gallery had to be cleared in order for a vote to occur. The clock struck 12:02 in the process and the special session was over. That act took many voices but the result was …read more

Apps to Prevent Sexual Assaults and Domestic Abuses

One in four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.[1] Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.[2] One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.[3] One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.[4]

The statistics are overwhelming; and it’s clear that preventing and reporting abuse and assault needs to be …read more

Kids with Guns

Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. Or so the story goes. So what happens when it’s a 4-year old doing the killing? In two incidents last week two different 4-year olds were able to access a loaded gun and accidently discharge it, killing a 6 year old playmate and a sheriff’s deputy’s wife. The result is there are now two dead, two children who will never be able to forget the tragedy they were a part of, and several families in ruins.

There are so many arguments that can come from these tragedies. We need better gun control, better …read more