Author Archives: schwartz1983

About schwartz1983

Medical student. Aspiring public health practitioner.

Taking a stand for international gay rights

This week U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the U.S. would fight for gay rights throughout the world, stating “it should never be a crime to be gay” regardless of a country’s culture or religious practices. In many … Continue reading

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Can an academic institute fight poverty?

Our more diligent readers may have noticed that a large number of MethodLogical contributors are Stanford alums (football team currently ranked #3 in the country). This may be because Stanford students are uniquely qualified to shape development policy or simply … Continue reading

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Promising malaria vaccines in the pipeline?

Efforts at designing effective malaria vaccines have been stifled by the variation among the different strains of the parasite, but two vaccine trials have given researchers cause for hope. A small trial in Burkina Faso (involving only 45 children) found … Continue reading

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Most of the news that’s fit to print

Last week, Jason wrote a post questioning the effectiveness of Avahan, a Gates Foundation-funded program in India. What’s interesting is the disparate ways the media has portrayed the project’s results: The New York Times headline on October 10th, reads “India: … Continue reading

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One more reason not to smoke

MethodLogical has long been a proponent of the anti-smoking movement (as evidenced by this piece I wrote a while back)- a gutsy stance, I know. Now, the British Medical Journal is outlining yet another risk of smoking. According to a … Continue reading

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Heterophobia

It’s been exciting watching the economics world embrace randomized controlled trials (RCTs), especially in evaluating practices in the developing world. But is economics (and more broadly, behavioral science) suited for evaluating large-scale questions through RCTs? One thing that has always … Continue reading

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Too Small to Fail?

Bailouts aren’t just for Wall Street and over-leveraged Mediterranean countries. This week, Swaziland requested a bailout from South Africa. Where to begin? South Africa may be considered an African success story by some, but is it really in the position … Continue reading

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