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Polling Place Closures: Another Form of Voter Suppression

By Henry Kanengiser Published December 15, 2017

In the Alabama special election for US Senate seat in December 2017, America woke up to the news of a surprising upset. What is particularly striking from this election was the outpouring of votes for Jones actually overcame racial voter suppression. One of these methods, polling place closures, is particularly nefarious.


Too Many Spoonfuls of Sugar: Suppression of Research into Dietary Impacts of Sugar is Harming our Health

By Henry Kanengiser Published October 27, 2016

A recent historical analysis article discovered decades-old research suppression by the sugar industry. Has avoidance of the harm of sugar in our diets led to mismanagement of diet recommendations, and if so, what can the government do to fix it?


The Lasting Impacts of the ACA on Birth Control in the United States

By Henry Kanengiser Published March 23, 2016

Amidst legal controversy and political vitriol, the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act has saved billions for women across the country. As the impacts of the ACA set in, how exactly how has the act shaped access to birth control and contraceptives for the American people?


Obama and Biden's Moonshot: How They Plan to Cure Cancer

By Henry Kanengiser Published February 25, 2016

In what was supposed to be a casual, victory lap of a speech, President Obama made history during his State of the Union this year. Akin to President Kennedy's State of the Union declaration that America would put the first man on the moon, Mr. Obama made a similarly grandiose proposal to "make America the country that cures cancer once and for all."


Age-Associated Financial Vulnerability: An Issue for Public Health or Personal Finance?

By Henry Kanengiser Published November 2, 2015

A recent article was published requesting the classification of Age-Associated Financial Vulnerability (AAFV) as a clinical syndrome. This would be a financially effective medicalization process for two reasons. First, it would bring attention to a significantly underreported issue by providing elderly Americans - a population at severe risk of financial abuse - with ways to protect themselves. Secondly, it may help assuage the critics of the immense Medicare budget, as financially abused elderly comprise a large portion of the population that requires welfare support in nursing facilities.