Health and Society

Dancing Tango into a Looser Body and a Healthier Brain?

October 18, 2016

For one million Americans[1] living with Parkinson’s’ Disease (PD), social life isn’t necessarily part of a routine plan. After all, this disease takes a toll, not only on the individuals who suffer from it, but also on their families and friends. PD is a neurodegenerative disease with increasing motor disabilities – where dealing with tremors, imbalance, and stiffness, seem to make (social) life less appealing.

A Silent Epidemic Making Noise in Puerto Rico

October 27, 2016

     In August of this year, the CDC declared a health emergency alert for Puerto Rico regarding the spread of the Zika virus.  Shortly thereafter, our “Isla del Encanto” would come to know its first cases of infection-related births; the month of September, brought with it the first group of babies in Puerto Rico exposed to the zika virus during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Abortion in Latin America: Definitely Not Pro-Choice, but Certainly Not Pro-Life

October 12, 2016

Hundreds of women sit behind bars in El Salvador punished for defying the ban on abortion. Many, such as María Teresa Rivera are pleading they are wrongly jailed for having suffered miscarriages or stillbirths. Three years ago Rivera miscarried and awoke handcuffed to her hospital bed surrounded by seven policemen who proceeded to charge her with murder.1 After an eight-month trial, she was sentenced to 30 years in prison for aggravated murder.

Brazilian Elitist Gated Communities as the New Version of the Colonial Portuguese Fort

October 4, 2016

Since the 1970s, luxurious enclosed housing developments have proliferated throughout Brazil and have become one of the preferred housing options for the elites.  What is the allure of gated communities for middle and upper-class Brazilians? Why is this important? 

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