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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.

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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.


A Safer, Kinder, Hamburger this Labor Day

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is no longer down with downer cows.


The OSS Passed Its Own Intelligence Tests

The predecessor to today’s CIA thrived by emphasizing merit.


Once Eradicated, Measles Cases Spike Upward

The 131 reported measles cases occurring in unvaccinated children in 2008 is the highest year-to-date figure since 1996.


Forecasting the Unknowable Future of Business

Corruption and terrorism pockmark the road ahead for international business, according to a respected global survey.


Patent Office Asks Kids For Ideas



Higher HIV Rates No Shock to Advocates

Newly released figures concerning the number of HIV infections in the U.S. has brought outrage and a flood of reaction. However, the findings do not surprise the HIV/AIDS advocate community.


A New Therapy for America’s Aging Hospitals

What can good hospital design achieve? How about healthier patients?


Take Two Aspirin and Call Your Architect in the Morning

Safety by design is a guiding ethos as a new and smarter style of health care building looks at error prevention and stress reduction.


A/V Heritage In the Country But Not Out to Pasture

The Library of Congress’ country home provides a nuclear blast-proof refuge for America’s celluloid and audio treasures.


Will Someone Get the Lights? Preserving Home Movies

While watching home movies may be one definition of tedium, all those birthday parties and graduations are the history the books left out.


Films: Preserving ‘Everyday People’ History

Celluloid archaeologists are striving to preserve a fast-decaying historical resource and, at the same time, show the world what they’ve got.


The Over-50 Crowd Relearns the Facts of Life

HIV infection is a growing fact of life for America’s baby boomer population. But it’s a fact both the aging and their caregivers are spectacularly unprepared to address.

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America’s Streams Are Awash With Pesticides Banned in Europe

You may have never heard of clothianidin, but it's probably in your local river.

How Textbooks Have Changed the Face of War

War is more personal, less glorious, and more hellish in modern textbooks than in the past. But there’s still room for improvement.

NASA Could Build Entire Spacecrafts in Space Using 3-D Printers

This year NASA will experiment with 3-D printing small objects in space. That could mark the beginning of a gravity-free manufacturing revolution.

The Most Popular Ways to Share Good and Bad Personal News

Researchers rank the popularity of all of the different methods we have for telling people about our lives, from Facebook to face-to-face.

Do Not Tell Your Kids That Eating Vegetables Will Make Them Stronger

Instead, hand them over in silence. Or, market them as the most delicious snack known to mankind.

The Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014

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