Basic Solutions

We have no idea why Tylenol works. Acetaminophen, the active drug in Tylenol, was the happy consequence of guess and check (and not without some grave errors along either). The mechanism that makes acetaminophen effective is unclear to us. It seems odd that something we use for common aches and pains is a complete mystery…

If you don’t like the answer, change it: and measurements of health

Last semester, I sat in a lecture with a handful of high ranking international development types who were all sharing with us the future impacts and directions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One of them, who criticized these goals mentioned how the UN had changed the method of measuring the progress of the Millennium Development…

What ails the world: as told to me by global development agendas

Those who speak the loudest are the ones heard. To be perfectly honest, although I have had classes focused on development and on global health concerns, the concerns my courses focused on and I focused on, were on those health concerns that are “the sexiest” or have the most advocacy behind them.  Thinking about development, how humanitarian efforts fund-raise, the problems…