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The ACA and U.S. Neonatal Mortality Rate

In light of the recent ambiguous rulings toward the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in the U.S. Circuit Courts, this contributor decided to write about implications for Maternal and Child Health. Neonatal mortality, defined as deaths <28 days of age per 1,000 live births, is the focus of a study published in August by […]

Increasing poverty, decreasing health coverage: new Census Report findings

The recently released (9/16/2010) 2009 Census Report found striking evidence of our ongoing Great Recession: An increase in the nation’s poverty rate to 14.3% — according to the press release, “the second statistically significant annual increase in the poverty rate since 2004” and the highest percentage of total poverty since 1994. That’s 44 million individuals, […]

HIV/AIDS cases increase by 13 percent in Minnesota, young males show largest increase in new infections

In a January 26 press release, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) outlined the disturbing results of a preliminary report on HIV rates in the state. According to the report, there were 368 HIV cases reported in 2009, compared with 326 cases in 2008. This represents a 13 percent increase for 2009 – a 17-year […]

EC in Minnesota: some facts for minors

A recent comment from a visitor prompted this blogger to wonder–how accessible is emergency contraception in Minnesota, anyway? The short (and uninformative) answer is, it depends. For women and their partners who are 17 and older, emergency contraceptive (commonly known as “the morning after pill,” branded as “Plan B” or “Next Choice”) is available over-the-counter. […]

NYT poll: nearly half of unemployed do not have health insurance

Nearly  half of the unemployed Americans surveyed in a recent New York Times/CBS News poll indicate that they do not have health insurance. The survey, conducted in December via telephone interview, sampled 1,650 U.S. adults, 708 of whom are unemployed.  Of  those, more than half “have cut back on doctor visits or medical treatments,” 25% […]