Gynecologie Sans Frontieres

We know refugees face hardships, yet sometimes it’s difficult to give these hardships a name or a proverbial face. Perhaps that is why I was moved by an article about the work of midwives in a refugee encampment in Calais in Northern France.  Young girls fleeing conflicts, epidemics, natural disasters and the like often come or become unaccompanied and usually end up under the protection of a “brother” who may be more pimp than sibling. They get pregnant either because of them, rape, or at times Continue reading “Gynecologie Sans Frontieres”

The Cost of Childbirth in the US

When the Duchess of Cambridge last gave birth, though she had access to certain amenities usually not available to the average person, the cost was the equivalent of $18,000. While the cost of childbirths in the US are very hard to determine due to various rates in different states and different hospitals, one study estimates them at about $32,000 for a vaginal delivery and $51,000 for a caesarean section. Although Continue reading “The Cost of Childbirth in the US”

Dog Foster Care

We need to notice small and unexpected good things sometimes. It feeds the heart. In this case it’s dog foster care. I began by learning about the Dog Trust Freedom Project in the UK. They are volunteers who are foster  caregivers for the dogs of people who have been abused and can’t take care of their pet for a while. I am sure there are Continue reading “Dog Foster Care”

Cancer Drugs Prices

To most of us it’s hardly surprising!! A new analysis found that the claim by drug companies justifying the high price of drugs by the expenses of research and development cannot be proven. In an article published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the researchers found that the cost of developing a new drug is around $650 million. The drug companies put that cost at $ 2.7 billion or several times the actual cost established by the researchers. On top of the $650 million the researchers add another $100 million to cover the cost of what the companies would have gained by Continue reading “Cancer Drugs Prices”