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Identity Crisis: Where Do Free Clinics Fit Into the Affordable Care Act?

By Angelica Cullo Published September 21, 2015

Should free clinics accept patients that already have insurance? As enrollment through the Affordable Care Act continues to expand, and free clinic services continue to be in high demand, these clinics face tough decisions about how to deliver care.


Your illness is what you eat: Can diet affect mood and depression?

By Angelica Cullo Published March 11, 2015

It is generally accepted that nutrition influences our physical states, whether that's fitness, energy levels, or cardiovascular health, but is there evidence that it can affect our mental health?


College Counseling Dilemma

By Angelica Cullo Published February 22, 2015

According to the American College Health Association (ACHA) the suicide rate among young adults, ages 15-24, has tripled since the 1950s. Digital communication now makes seeking treatment more convenient, allows individuals with disabilities or lack of transportation to more easily access care, and reduces the stigma associated with visiting a psychiatrist or counselor's office.


Face time or FaceTime®?

By Angelica Cullo Published November 9, 2014

Despite pleas from the family doctor, your brother refuses to seek help for his worsening major depression. He doesn't want to leave the house, he doesn't want to be seen going to the psychiatrist's office, and plus, his family doesn't have health insurance. What about speaking with the psychiatrist via teleconferencing? Advances in secure telecommunication technologies in conjunction with increased need for mental health services has prompted a recent push to improve access and viability of "Telepsychiatry" that could improve access for such patients.


Not So Sweet ('N Low)

By Angelica Cullo Published October 21, 2014

You are given the choice; drink a coke with about 150 calories, or one with zero calories? That seems like a no-brainer. But health considerations are more complex than they may seem at face value. Epidemiological and medical research indicates that these zero-calorie additives could be influencing our consumption both psychologically and physiologically.


Hobby Lobby and Contraception: Is it the Boss's Business?

By Angelica Cullo Published April 25, 2014

Hobby Lobby President Steve Green says the arts and crafts company should not have to provide its 13,000 employees with coverage for Intra-Uterine Devices (IUDs) and morning-after pills under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Should a for-profit company have a say in how its employees choose to use their healthcare benefits? \r\n\r\n


Weighty Issues: Equity for Eating Disorder Treatment?

By Angelica Cullo Published April 6, 2014

While some claim eating disorders shouldn't receive the same medical attention as more tangible physical illnesses, eating disorder mortality rates are too high to be ignored. How can insurance and healthcare policy be modified to improve eating disorder treatment efficiency and outcomes?


Integration of anchor institutions and surrounding communities to achieve sustainable solutions to energy needs

By Angelica Cullo Published November 8, 2013

In recent months, protests against Hydraulic Fracturing ("fracking"┬Ł) have permeated New York State. While research on fracking operations provides a convincing case for a ban on the practice, opponents to fracking do little to offer viable alternatives. So who should we turn to to bring about tangible, lasting changes to meet future energy needs? In Ithaca, we would turn to Ithaca's major anchor institutions: Cornell University and Ithaca College. But why not look to local governments or the plentiful non-profit organizations that already focus on issues of energy sustainability in Ithaca? These Anchor institutions have the means to achieve sustainable solutions; but its time that they shared the wealth.


From Farm to Fork: Behind the Scenes of Food Production

By Angelica Cullo Published October 10, 2013

The saying "out of mind, out of sight" often rings true when it comes to assessing the environmental impact of the food we eat. From farm to fork, food production, processing, and transportation demand a sizeable amount of energy and water, and produce emissions and other harmful byproducts. Agriculture production places a substantial burden on the environment and non-renewable resources. So how can we address the root of the issue if production and distribution infrastructure remain unsustainable?