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The thermostat wars, is this another case of Men are from Mars and Women from Venus?

In my home we always have an ongoing fight on the ideal temperature setting of our thermostat. After several ups and downs we have settled on 70˚F but every so often I come home and realize the house is feeling like an oven only to find the thermostat set at 80˚F. Even for a Ghanaian […]

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Abortion Policy in America Today, How do we Address Faith in this Politically Charged Debate?

For some reason the current political climate in the US is prone to driving issues into two extremes that rarely ever mirrors anybody’s genuine position. In the past few months many states in the US have come up with multiple laws which limit access to safe legal abortions for American women. Some of these laws […]

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Healing from prejudice, discrimination and abuse of all kinds

A personal description of my on race and sexuality in the United States. In this essay the writer describes how societal acceptance of bias, prejudice and discrimination helps maintain these acts and beliefs. The writer calls for a more authentic and granular reaction to acts of bias and discrimination.

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LACK OF MEDICAID EXPANSION, RURAL HOSPITAL CLOSURES AND RURAL HIV EPIDEMIC – ARE THESE RELATED IN ANY WAY?

A post on the unique challenges of Healthcare in Rural America. In this post the author discusses the intersection of Rural hospital closures with a recognized rural. HIV epidemic. The impact of refusal of most Southern US states to expand Medicaid as part of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act on these two issues is discussed with possible alternate solutions.

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Homelessness and Inequality Across the US

In a recent news article I read about disputes in the city of San Francisco over the location of a shelter for the homeless. As a physician who started his career in the United States working for Healthcare for the Homeless in Baltimore, Maryland this issue is not alien to me. Whilst services for the […]

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Escaping Domestic Abuse: The Reality by Rasheeda Adams

In this thought provoking post a women’s advocate talks about the challenges and realities of working with female victims of domestic abuse. The writer discusses the difficulties associated with addressing this problem in low & middle income nations like Ghana versus developed world settings.

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Is your Hypertension medication causing you problems in the bedroom? By Dr. Leonard Sowah

This post discusses the myth and reality of the link between blood pressure treatment and increased risk of impotence and erectile dysfunction in men. The writer tries to compare and contrast the really small infinitesimal risk of sexual dysfunction occurring secondary to blood pressure treatment to the really significant risks of death, heart failure, stroke, etc that could result from uncontrolled hypertension.

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The Sacramento District Attorney’s decision on the Stephon Clark case and implications to African American Safety

In 2002 a University of Colorado Psychology Professor Joshua Correll undertook a study using a first person shooter video game to study police officer decision making with regards to the use of deadly force. In this game police officers were exposed to different individuals holding weapons and innocuous items. The object of this game was […]

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Alleged Fake Racist Attacks and Other Matters ? By Dr. Yaw Berko

Right after the elections of Barack Obama, the first Black president of the United States, I heard lots of people including some TV analysts declare that America has entered a “post-racial” era where one’s skin colour did not determine his destiny! With my usual shithole sceptism; I could not help but wonder how such declarations […]

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Progress; Four Centuries from the era of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade – By Dr. Teddy Totimeh

Its been 400 years since the first slaves landed in Virginia. Something terrible was born with that first shipload. The consequences of the most inhumane economic policy ever practiced on this earth still persist today.  Whole societies were disrupted and families were torn apart without any regard for the feelings and hopes of those involved. […]

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WHEN PERSPECTIVE MATTERS! BY DR. YAW BERKO

I look at my life currently and proclaim that truly, America is the greatest country on Earth! I firmly believe my story is only possible in the United States of America! I also give due recognition that I work hard for what I am now. I live in an upper middle class neighbourhood. I am […]

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The 9/11 Terrorist made me American, What about you?

In today’s America where white nationalist match in the streets with tiki torches and scream “Jews will not replace us”, immigrant Americans like myself who happen to be non-white can sometimes wonder if we made the right choice. More and more it appears America is still struggling with its identity as the multi-cultural global melting […]

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Of Fairy tales and the Big Steel Wall on the Southern Border – By Dr. Yaw Berko

In turbulent times like this, I am reminded of Shithole folklore in which the frog laments why it has to suffer whenever the lizard eats pepper! This is how the lizard’s song goes; “I don’t want any troubles, and so I mind my own business, so why should my ass burn and my eyes weep when […]

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Ancestry DNA and Racial Identity; Black or White?

Over the past decade the availability of commercial gene sequencing products that claim to provide information on our genetic origins have increased significantly. These products are offered by companies like ancestry.com, National Geographic and 23andMe to name just a few of the many businesses dealing in that market. This very new and rapidly evolving sector […]

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Vaccine Safety and Individual Exemptions from Public Health Required Immunizations; where must we draw the line?

Over the years widespread application of vaccines globally has led to significant reductions in the incidence of many vaccine preventable communicable diseases. One disease smallpox has been completely eradicated from human populations due to strong collaborative efforts across the world. Polio is another disease which could have been eradicated but unfortunately we missed the boat […]

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Eye witness accounts of events at the border in Tijuana, Mexico, by Amelia Frank-Vitale

These are the words of an anthropologist friend of mine – who has been traveling from Honduras with the caravan – regarding events at the Souther border over the weekend. No media news spin here: “Today was heartbreaking. My own country, the one with the most powerful military in the world, used that power to […]

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First World Problems, Third World Mentality, by Dr. Yaw Berko

I usually buy gas at Costco, and have established some rapport with most of the attendants at the gas pumps. There is this elderly gentleman I always chat with! He is retired and does this not for the money, but to while away the time! Last week as I was filling my gas tank, he […]

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An open letter to Elon Musk’s Ambien doctor, By Jemima Kankam, MD, FAPA

“Dr. Kankam, make sure to tell them not to prescribe Ambien to anyone who complains of not sleeping.” That was the advice an internal medicine physician gave me when he learnt I was giving a talk to a group of medical residents and medical students. He was referring to the alarming increase in doctors who […]

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English? Sil vous plait!!, by Dr. Yaw Berko

These days when I hear people say; “I love your accent, where is it from?” I wonder if I should say “thank you” or run for my passport just in case ICE will be in pursuit soon. My English is as good as my genetics will allow (you see both of my parents come from […]

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The Battle of the Sexes: Which sex Achieves Emotional Maturity Earlier?

The battle of the sexes continues to rage on across societies and has taken many casualties over time. In Election 2016 many believe the preference for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton was driven by male preference mixed in with a significant dose of misogyny, as to whether this is true is a matter for debate. […]