Today’s Solutions: May 25, 2024

Parent holding in the hands feet of newborn baby.

Understanding choices around birthing could save mother’s lives

The U.S. has the highest perinatal (the period a mother becomes pregnant up to a year after giving birth) morbidity and mortality rates of all the high-resource countries. Of the mothers affected, the risk for Hispanic and Black women increases threefold compared to non-Hispanic and White Read More...

Doctor physician hand on happy elderly senior patient to comfort in hospital examination room or hospice nursing home or wellbeing county.

3 ways senior health rights improved post-Pandemic

The pandemic has been especially hard on the elderly population. Being in a high at-risk group meant that many older individuals could have no visitors and had their interactions hugely restricted even when living in the same home. This combined with staff shortages in hospices meant the levels of Read More...

Dr. Denis Mukwege provides hop

Dr. Denis Mukwege provides hope to women in Congo

Playwright and female activist Eve Ensler nominates Dr. Denis Mukwege for his compassion and courage to protect and heal women in his native home in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Eve Ensler | Jan/Feb 2010 issue   Compassionate. Tender. Humble. Graceful. Dr. Denis Mukwege is a brave Read More...

David Ludwig: Child obesity ex

David Ludwig: Child obesity expert

Food activist and author, Michael Pollan, says David Ludwig is a "pioneering researcher, clinician and writer who is making a difference in the fight against child obesity." Wroth,Carmel | Jan/Feb 2010 issue David Ludwig, Director, Obesity Program, Children's Hospital, Boston. Photo: Jason Read More...

James Maskalyk's experien

James Maskalyk's experience as a doctor in Sudan

Canadian physician James Maskalyk on why he left a comfortable teaching job to work for Médecins Sans Frontières in Sudan. Marco Visscher | June/July 2009 issue James Maskalyk has been working to improve public health in developing countries ever since he was a medical student at the University Read More...

Book Excerpt: Six Months in Su

Book Excerpt: Six Months in Sudan

Ode presents an exclusive book excerpt from Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a War-Torn Village, by Dr. James Maskalyk. Ode Editors | June/July 2009 issue "What's his hemoglobin?" I ask. "Six," Mohamed says. "Six? Shit." I look down at Manut. His eyes are wide and worried. Today is the Read More...

“Moving patients out of hope

“Moving patients out of hopelessness is crucial”

David Servan-Schreiber, author of Anticancer: A New Way of Life, on diet, exercise and taking life seriously. Ode Editors | November 2008 issue What dietary choices do you recommend to help prevent cancer? “Instead of eating a plate of animal protein with a few vegetables, do it the other way: Read More...

First, do no harm

First, do no harm

Hospitals are surprisingly unhealthy places. But some are making bold changes to help people heal. Kim Ridley | October 2007 issue The minute you’re admitted into the hospital, you confront a disturbing paradox: Most hospitals aren’t particularly healthy places. As a patient, you’re likely to Read More...