Atrazine: Hermaphrodite Frogs, Water Contamination, and Maybe Cancer

Unless you’re a corn farmer or environmental activist, chances are you’ve never heard of atrazine. But you may have drank it, and maybe you’ve even heard Alex Jones talk about it – that it “turns frogs gay.” Atrazine is the second most commonly used herbicide in the United States. First registered in 1958, atrazine isContinue reading “Atrazine: Hermaphrodite Frogs, Water Contamination, and Maybe Cancer”

Regulatory Challenges to AI in Medicine

         Imagine you’re a cancer patient in 2050 sitting in a white leather recliner alongside a few other patients in a window-lit chemo room in a hospital somewhere. The scene seems familiar. You may have seen it in a movie or been there yourself. The sterile smell, awkward small-talk, and somehow bleak but simultaneously hopeful outlooksContinue reading “Regulatory Challenges to AI in Medicine”

The State of Local Businesses in America: An Underdog Story

If you’ve been in a shopping district in any city in America recently, you’ve probably seen signs displaying some form of the “Shop Local” message. The message is certainly not new, but it’s taken on new importance. After seeing local favorites face closures and struggle to compete with e-commerce giants like Amazon, people are rootingContinue reading “The State of Local Businesses in America: An Underdog Story”

Red Cross Hospital: Perseverance in the Bleak Face of Segregation

Few things mar the history of American cities as severely as the Jim Crow era of racial segregation and discrimination–and Louisville is no exception. Among many other injustices, Black people living in Jim Crow Louisville were overtly discriminated against even in health care.  In 1899, only two hospitals in Louisville would treat Black patients: LouisvilleContinue reading “Red Cross Hospital: Perseverance in the Bleak Face of Segregation”

The Direct Primary Care Model: Where You Can Get More for Less

Could patients ever pay less and get more? The question seems almost ridiculous in America now, where an ER visit can cost thousands of dollars, but a growing group of primary care physicians think the answer is yes. These primary care physicians use a business model called direct primary care. Think of it as aContinue reading “The Direct Primary Care Model: Where You Can Get More for Less”