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Crystal lived with four children under the age of five in her small apartment in East Harlem. Out of touch with other family members, she cleaned homes to pay for her children’s needs. Several weeks into her fifth pregnancy, a sonogram at Mount Sinai Hospital’s emergency room (ER) showed that the embryo had implanted outside of the uterus, not only dooming the pregnancy but also putting Crystal at serious risk of injury or death.

By Jacob Moscona-S...  |  September 13, 2013

Much of the health care debate over the past couple of weeks has been fueled by the possibility that Obama would drop the so-called “public option,” and allow it to be replaced with a co-operative.  Like many aspects of the debate over health reform, the “public option” has been fiercely defended and fiercely criticized, but little understood.  This stems, I believe, from some fundamental misunderstandings about the nature of competition in the health sector.  These misunderstandings are sustained by simplistic arguments about “markets” and “competition” that have been adopt

By Jason Lakin  |  August 24, 2009

Just as the swine flu episode has begun to wind down, Mexican elites have been seized by another contagion: bloodying each other on the front pages of the newspapers. Actually, the target of most of the attacks has been Carlos Salinas, Mexico's president between 1988 and 1994, a man already widely loathed for presumed corruption during his tenure.

By Jason Lakin  |  May 18, 2009

President-Elect Barack Obama's transition webpage has a new video up featuring the nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Daschle, discussing health care. The transition team opened up the website last week to comments by ordinary Americans about what they would like to see in a health care reform. In the video, Daschle and an associate (Lauren Aronson) read through a few of the comments they received that they found particularly “

By Jason Lakin  |  December 3, 2008

Recently, the journal Health Affairs published a three-article online series looking at the health plans of the two presidential candidates. The discussion makes one thing clear: reform along the lines that our politicians currently envision it is going to be messy. If the Clinton plan was assailed for its complexity, don't expect things to be any cleaner this time around.

By Jason Lakin  |  September 30, 2008

Guerrero, one of Mexico's most forgotten states, is finally getting a little bit of the attention it deserves. Guerrero is not Mexico's poorest state, but this is largely due to the fact that Acapulco and a few other resort towns awash in cash skew the state's average income upwards. Poor people living in rural Guerrero are as poor as the poorest Mexicans anywhere. Maternal mortality in Guerrero's most neglected region, the hard-scrabble mountains that border Oaxaca, is four times the Mexican average. Dispersed po

By Jason Lakin  |  July 1, 2008

It is with some trepidation that any analyst proffers predictions about the arrival of national health insurance in America. Unless, of course, your bet is that we never get it, a prognostication that is certainly supported by many decades of failed attempts.

By Jason Lakin  |  May 5, 2008

Following yesterday's national referendum, abortion was legalized in Portugal, a country in which an estimated 90% of citizens affiliate themselves with the Catholic Church. The referendum was a close call, yielding only 40% of the nation's vote; only a slim majority of voters (59.3%) voted “yes” in favour of abortion. Regardless of the low turnout for the referendum, which prevents the result from being legally binding, Prime Minister Jose Socrates, leader of the Socialist Party and a strong proponent of the pro-choice movement, declared that abortion will be legalised.

By Nadira Lalji  |  February 12, 2007

With the number of stories on the tenuous ceasefire in Lebanon and the near daily terrorist threats in the skies, its not surprising that the International Aids Conference has slipped through the cracks. AIDS lacks the violent brutality and sensationalism of terrorist attacks or rocket strikes, but is certainly more deadly than both combined. Last year alone, three million people, concentrated in developing countries, died from AIDS.

By Michael Jaskiw  |  August 18, 2006

The movement to bring effective HIV drug treatment to the developing world saw an interesting development this week, the outcome of which could be significant for drug companies and developing nations alike. Two patients-rights groups in India are in the process of suing to halt an American drug company, Gilead Sciences, from patenting the drug Viread. This drug, which is a brand-name form of the antiretroviral drug tenofovir, is produced on a widespread basis in India at a much lower cost than in the United States, which allows it to be sold for more affordable prices.

By Killian Clarke  |  May 12, 2006