Transgender issues and gender dysphoria


Overview of gender identity From presidential hopefuls, to people at work or in the grocery store, to stray comments on the internet, I’ve seen how misunderstood transgendered issues are. There are now laws in place in North Carolina, and other states enacting laws banning transgendered individuals from using appropriate public restrooms, and based upon ignorance,… Continue reading Transgender issues and gender dysphoria

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder in women: what is the new female viagra?


Sexual dysfunction in women  Nearly 40% of women will experience some type of sexual dysfunction over the course of their lives. Female sexual dysfunction is based upon whether there is a problem with arousal, which occurs in 8-12% of women, called Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, a problem with the orgasmic phase, or a problem with… Continue reading Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder in women: what is the new female viagra?

Substance use, gambling, and pornography: what is addiction?


Why addiction? Addiction is misrepresented, is confused with compulsive behaviors, and is often stigmatized and confused with morality and willpower.  To my knowledge, no one has made a conscious decision to become an addict; by far the vast majority of those with addictive disease suffer from their illness due to unfortunate happenstances that are almost… Continue reading Substance use, gambling, and pornography: what is addiction?

About Flint Michigan: what is lead poisoning?


Lead poisoning was historically an issue that occurred primarily due to living in older homes; this was minimized as a public health problem by eliminating lead from paints and gasoline. The Flint MI crisis has caused lead exposure affecting “between 6,000 and 12,000 children” due to contaminated drinking water with high levels of lead; the citizens… Continue reading About Flint Michigan: what is lead poisoning?

Institutional racism in healthcare


Recently I read a comment on an article in a medical journal that said essentially that although the CDC, the office of minority Health, and Health equity finds that racial and ethnic populations suffer lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, and higher rates of disability and preventable diseases than non-minorities, and that black Americans bear… Continue reading Institutional racism in healthcare

Alzheimer’s disease: new approaches to an aging population


Overview of Alzheimer’s disease People over 90 are the fastest growing population in the US, and half of them suffer with dementia, a term that describes a decline in mental abilities that include memory, language, and logical thinking. Alzheimer disease (AD) is the most common pathology underlying dementia in ages 65-89 years. (Bryan D. James,… Continue reading Alzheimer’s disease: new approaches to an aging population

Psychology of sexual assault: a study of aggression


This article contains potentially violent and sexual language and may be triggering for some readers. Overview of sexual assault There are numerous theories on the topic sexual assault; this subject will be limited to male perpetrators primarily. Rape or sexual assault is defined in legal terms, depending upon the geography as penetration or fondling in… Continue reading Psychology of sexual assault: a study of aggression