‘It Felt Like I Had Been Violated’: How Obstetric Violence Can Traumatize Patients

BY OLIVIA MILTNER Caitlin Larson’s first labor was proceeding smoothly. She’d had a healthy pregnancy, and she said her son had come down the birth canal “beautifully.” She’d only been in labor for eight hours. But the mood in the delivery room changed when her baby started to crown. Larson didn’t know her doctor or nurses, and she was exhausted. At one point, she started … Continue reading ‘It Felt Like I Had Been Violated’: How Obstetric Violence Can Traumatize Patients

National Charities Give Less, By Half, To The U.S. South

BY OLIVIA MILTNER Rebecca Byrne wants to make a difference. She’s spent the past year and a half developing a hyperlocal philanthropic network in southwest Alabama, leading the creation of a veterans initiative to fund mental health and substance abuse treatments, among other programs. She has also started an initiative called Closing the Opportunity Gap that targets financially fragile families in the eight-county area. Byrne … Continue reading National Charities Give Less, By Half, To The U.S. South

A Whopping 1 In 3 Death Certificates List Wrong Cause Of Death

BY OLIVIA MILTNER New York City, in the early aughts, had one of the highest rates of heart disease deaths in the nation. Nearly 40 percent of deaths there were attributed officially to heart disease, according to Bob Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the National Center for Health Statistics. But the statistic didn’t align with New York’s risk factors for heart disease … Continue reading A Whopping 1 In 3 Death Certificates List Wrong Cause Of Death

Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections May Not Be a Priority for Older Adults—But It Should Be

BY OLIVIA MILTNER When Mark S. King got his test results for HIV in 1985, he said it was like choosing to open a letter telling him when he was going to die. “There was nothing good that could come out of an HIV-positive test result,” King said in a recent phone interview with Rewire.News. “The only thing you could be sure of is you would … Continue reading Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections May Not Be a Priority for Older Adults—But It Should Be

How the U.S. Army and Marines are preparing for future urban wars

BY OLIVIA MILTNER For Iraqis returning to Mosul, the homes missing roofs and walls, filled with rubble, are a reminder of what existed before ISIS took control of the city in 2014. To the U.S. Army that helped liberate the city — originally designed as a fortress — after a nine-month campaign, the ruins and a lingering threat are pointers to the future. Massive piles … Continue reading How the U.S. Army and Marines are preparing for future urban wars