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A Public Health Stranger in the Land of Medical Care

Posted by Stewart Auyash at 4:13AM   |  8 comments

Alexander Zehnder is the Scientific Director of the Alberta Water Research Institute in Edmonton, Canada. A few weeks ago, he gave a lecture entitled “Water for Life, For How Many?”  at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore where I am currently Visiting Associate...

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Posted by Stewart Auyash at 8:42AM   |  11 comments

I finally gave in and saw a health provider for my painful upper back. It felt like a bad stiff neck that normally would go away in a couple of days. Only it didn’t go away.

I made an appointment with an orthopedist. He had a tiny two room office in a fancy medical center complex. There was no examining table in the room only a bench. He...

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Posted by Stewart Auyash at 7:27PM   |  21 comments

Since the beginning of January, I have been living in Singapore. It is almost exactly halfway around the globe from my home in Ithaca. The plane from Newark that brought me here traveled due north to the North Pole, then due south to Singapore.   It is a mere 85 miles north of the equator. Ithaca, it is not.

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Posted by Stewart Auyash at 8:07PM   |  13 comments

 I cannot recount the number of times in the past few weeks friends, relatives, students, and strangers have asked me whether they should get the H1N1 vaccine.

 Some are concerned about the side effects or wonder whether the vaccine has been tested. Parents are worried for their young...

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Posted by Stewart Auyash at 4:33PM   |  7 comments

 What we really need is health reform, not just health insurance reform.

 Interesting, exciting, confusing, frustrating, and disappointing are just few of the more generous terms I can use to describe the current state of what is being called the “health reform” debate in the...

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