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Barbara Hesselgrave

Barbara Hesselgrave
Barbara Hesselgrave is a freelance writer in Virginia specializing in issues of community medicine, science and international health.

Recent articles

Quality Health Care Still Lacking For Some

All those nagging issues from a year or so of Miller-McCune health coverage show up in the nation’s health report card.

Under the Glass Ceiling? Throw Stones!

As Black History Month segues into Women’s History Month, it’s a fit time to review the challenges still facing African-American women climbing the corporate ladder in the Age of Obama.

New Species Jump in Ebola-Reston Outbreak

There’s a new, and potentially serious feature to the recent Miller-Mccune story on Ebola virus.

Beware of Falling Oil Prices

Tribal land offerings break one record — but not the one for sales.

Indian Oil: A Very Different After-Thanksgiving Sale

A long-awaited oil land lease will bring a windfall to heirs of the Trail of Tears.

Health Care After You Leave the Doctor’s Office

Community-based outreach to address diabetic health care disparities offers broader lessons.



Pushback on Obesity: An African-American View

A study from Shaw University reveals the attitudes of young African-American women toward food, body image and physical activity and the factors that influence their related decisions.

‘Read It Today and Use It Today’ News for Doctors

A new electronic newsletter strives to make evidence-based health care a little more likely with real-time research straight from the federal government.

Not All Can Stomach Raw Milk

While raw milk coming directly from the udder of the cow does have beneficial microbes, the chance of contamination once it leaves the bovine body is very high.

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When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014