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03/08/2016

Zika: An opportunity to improve pre-conception care.

by Andrea L. Kalfoglou, Ph.D.

The Zika virus is spreading rapidly throughout parts of South and Central America. Public health officials are concerned because there is a correlation between the emergence of the Zika virus and a dramatic increase in number of babies born in Brazil with a severe birth defect called microcephaly.

The CDC has warned women from the U.S. who are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant not to travel to certain areas in Central and South America. Additionally, infectious disease specialists are concerned that Zika may adapt to transmission by a type of mosquito common in 32 states in the U.S.…

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08/15/2013

Dead Babies, Dead Mothers. Let’s start by reducing the stigma of mental illness

Andrea Kalfoglou, Ph.D.

Last month, a tragedy unfolded in Manitoba, Canada.  On Wednesday, July 24th two children, a 3 year old and an infant, were found badly injured and alone in their home.  They both died from their injuries.  A search ensued for the missing mother of the children, and Lisa Gibson’s body was found in the Red River three days later.  While an investigation is underway to explain this tragedy, sources are reporting that Lisa Gibson was being treated for postpartum depression.

It is an all too familiar story.  Death makes headlines.  But for every death, there are thousands of women who are suffering. …

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08/01/2013

A new spin on identity theft

Andrea Kalfoglou, Ph.D.

A few years ago (2011), Facebook suggested that I “friend” a member of the bioethics community.  After all, 42 of my other Facebook “friends” were also linked to Dr. Daniel Sulmasy.  I had worked for Dan on a study over a decade ago, and we kept up at the annual ASBH conferences.

In retrospect, there were a number of oddities about his Facebook page.  He had amassed 724 “friends,” and was married to someone named Deborah.  As a Franciscan Friar, I knew he had taken a vow of celibacy, but it had been a while since we had talked, and I thought, well, things change. …

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