Breast play and breast cancer risk

In the past few weeks there has been a lot of interest on the breast as different organizations advance various initiatives to help reduce risk of Breast Cancer in Ghana. These activities attracted a lot of attention and have been very successful in raising awareness about this disease. With all that good publicity there is … Continue reading Breast play and breast cancer risk

How my Views on Abortion Evolved! By Dr. Yaw Berko

I believe some issues are definitely first world problems. Women's reproductive rights, unfortunately falls into that category. I have been amused at how abortion rights has so paralysed this nation to the extent the division it is creating can potentially lead to disastrous consequences on this great nation that needs to be “made great again.” … Continue reading How my Views on Abortion Evolved! By Dr. Yaw Berko

A Nation in Pain

Over the past two decades the United States has experienced an uncontrollable epidemic of drug related deaths. In 2016 sixty-three thousand Americans died of drug overdoses, two out of three of these deaths were due to opioids. In times like this whilst law enforcement and public health services grapple for solutions most may ask the … Continue reading A Nation in Pain

Why the US ranks so low in WHO (World Health Organization) Health System Rankings?

A recent World Health Organization ranking of the world's health systems puts the United States at number 37 between Costa Rica at 36 and Slovenia, first lady Melania Trump's birth country at number 38. This situation is all the more surprising since the United States spends more than twice as much per capita for health … Continue reading Why the US ranks so low in WHO (World Health Organization) Health System Rankings?

How can we keep our friends and families safer whilst protecting the Second Amendment?

In a prior post I had dreamed of claiming my gun which I rightfully acquired as a citizen of this great nation. Unfortunately life always just appears to get in the way of the greatest ideas and like all great ideas that fateful journey to Arkansas for my gun has still not materialized. However, for … Continue reading How can we keep our friends and families safer whilst protecting the Second Amendment?

Generic Truvada; why it is still not available on the US market?

In the US most patients who require PrEP (HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) get coverage for Truvada by their insurance companies. Patients with medicaid coverage have copays ranging from $3 - 25, however individuals with commercial insurance may have to pay up to $800 a month towards medication cost. This has proven to be a barrier for … Continue reading Generic Truvada; why it is still not available on the US market?

Homo sapiens blackus a new human species. How must we handle this new species?

It has become abundantly clear to me that black people in America belong to a different subspecies of Homo sapiens! I have grouped them into a subspecies Homo sapiens blackus, and in my case Sub Subspecies Homo sapiens blackus shitus! How else can anyone explain the spate of calls that are made to cops about … Continue reading Homo sapiens blackus a new human species. How must we handle this new species?

Why I now use sign language in public !!

Before I came to America I was made to believe that America was this “melting pot” of people from all over the world. A huge successful experiment where people from all walks of life and continents who value American culture and ethos emigrate to  and become American, whilst at the same time maintaining their unique … Continue reading Why I now use sign language in public !!

Musings of a Ghanaian doctor from the home of the Liberty Bell.

Broad street in Philadelphia is this wide swathe of black, running through the middle of the city. A black big motoring vein with asphalt tributaries emptying cars, and people, milling restlessly with a tenacity that hardly ever changes. The City Hall punctuates it, splitting the broad street flow with its imposing gravity defying white columns … Continue reading Musings of a Ghanaian doctor from the home of the Liberty Bell.

Why STARBUCKS does not need to apologize to African Americans

After more than 2 centuries of slavery progress towards equity and equality has always been challenging for African Americans, progress always seems to be followed by significant periods or retrogression.  This situation can sometimes leave most black people wondering if progress towards racial equality was really worth the effort. The election of President Trump in-spite … Continue reading Why STARBUCKS does not need to apologize to African Americans

Global elimination of Hepatitis C, is it achievable with current available technology ?

Hepatitis C is a global disease with an estimated prevalence rate of about 2.8% worldwide. There are however significant variations in the prevalence rate by country with most low and middle income countries bearing the bulk of the disease burden. Countries with the highest Hepatitis C prevalence ≥5% include Egypt 4.4-15.0%, Gabon 4.9-11.2%, Uzbekistan 11.3%, … Continue reading Global elimination of Hepatitis C, is it achievable with current available technology ?

UNSAFE ROADS IN GHANA AND GUNS IN USA, LET’S LEAVE THE SOLUTION IN GOD’S HANDS!!

Gun violence in the USA and road traffic accidents in Ghana share one thing in common both countries have decided to leave their respective problems in the hand of God.  In the past 2 weeks I have been reminded of these two problems by events that brought these age-old problems into the public view.  On … Continue reading UNSAFE ROADS IN GHANA AND GUNS IN USA, LET’S LEAVE THE SOLUTION IN GOD’S HANDS!!

MARIJUANA USE AND THE EVOLUTION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS IN THE USA

Over the years laws on cannabis use have changed. Most of these changes were not based on any strong levels of evidence but were based on social perception. In this article I seek to highlight some of the issues associated with these changes and address the potential benefits of more liberal legislation on cannabis.

AN AFRICAN’S RESPONSE TO TRUMP ERA IMMIGRATION ISSUES

Growing up in Ghana towards the end of the 20th century, Africa to most Americans and "sh*thole" as Trump would say the environment under which we lived was one of that was very much carved by the impact of European imperialist culture.  Most Africans irrespective of religious persuasion have a non-African name which identifies them with … Continue reading AN AFRICAN’S RESPONSE TO TRUMP ERA IMMIGRATION ISSUES

HEALTH EQUITY, IS IT REALLY ACHIEVABLE?

As a student in medical school I have a host of memories that I believe would still remain vivid in my mind for ages. One such image is my experience as a 4th year medical student observing an amputation. The consultant orthopedic surgeon gave us a brief history of the patient. The patient was a … Continue reading HEALTH EQUITY, IS IT REALLY ACHIEVABLE?

PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING, AN ONGOING CONTROVERSY.

Prostate cancer screening always raises a lot of controversy on account various reasons; most notable among these is the nature of the physical exam recommended for screening, digital rectal exam (DRE). On a discussion on digital rectal exam one Ghanaian friend of mine said categorically " there would be no gay probing of my nether … Continue reading PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING, AN ONGOING CONTROVERSY.

How I evolved from a tolerant physician to one with a healthy appreciation of alternate lifestyles

As a physician from Ghana brought up in a very religious family, I must admit that when it comes to gay rights and other issues related to sexual minorities I was as far to the right as anyone could be.  My first experience with openly gay individuals was when I came to the United States. … Continue reading How I evolved from a tolerant physician to one with a healthy appreciation of alternate lifestyles

THE OPIOID CRISIS IN AMERICA TODAY – WHAT MUST WE DO AS A NATION ?

President Trump declared a National Public Health Emergency this week; in his statement from the Whitehouse he was not talking about HIV or Hepatitis C nor was he referring to the increased incidence of gun violence in the country. The President’s statements focused on a very different Public Health problem, he was talking about America’s high incidence … Continue reading THE OPIOID CRISIS IN AMERICA TODAY – WHAT MUST WE DO AS A NATION ?