Cathren Housley

Cathren is a multidisciplinary artist and a board member of the Peace Flag Project. Current projects: giant flags, documentary films and children's workshops with the Providence Community Libraries. Website:

Turning to Taiwan: A cultural anthropologist discusses the country’s success keeping coronavirus cases down

When Taiwan closed its borders at midnight on March 20, the country had just seen its cases of coronavirus double from 54 to 108 over the course of one week. Only 81 miles of water separated the country from mainland China, and travelers had been returning from Chinese New Year celebrations, many from Hubei province, […]

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A Difference of Degrees: Osteopathic versus allopathic medicine

When choosing our health care, the distinctions between traditional western medicine and alternative care are clear – the approach for each is very different. What most of us don’t realize is that within the same general category of western medicine, licensed physicians can have either an MD (doctor of allopathic medicine) or a DO (doctor […]

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Under a Cloud: Does this reader need medication? Or is this just who they are?

Dear C and Dr. B, I hear the term depression all the time and people are on medication for depression because it’s considered a serious psychiatric condition. Okay, I have a question – who really needs to be on medication, and what does it do to solve the problem long term? I’m depressed almost all the time, […]

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