Antidotes at Poisonous Prices

More than half of all Americans take some form of a prescription drug, not to mention various over the counter drugs, vitamins, and other supplements [2]. In fact, the United States is one of the most heavily medicated countries in the world, but also pays far more to stock its medicine cabinet than most other…

Human Connectome Project: The Key to Mapping the Human Black Box

Throughout history, humans have been asking questions about thinking and behavior. The phenomena that people aimed to study greatly surpassed the verbiage and knowledge that was available. This disconnect between what humans want to know and actual understanding drives progress. In light of the brain’s amazing capabilities, endless supply of mysteries and intricate complexities, the…

iPSCs: the future of stem cell therapy?

There have been a handful of experiments in the history of medicine that have shaped modern health. Pasteur discovered the germ theory of disease, Fleming pioneered the first antibiotic and Jenner spearheaded the first vaccine. Similarly, thirteen years ago, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka made a groundbreaking discovery that forever altered the future of genetic therapy and…

Advancing Medicine in Times of Need

For decades, science has advanced due to the impending need for increasing security, medical techniques, and communication systems in the military. A significant portion of our army funding is funneled towards the advancement of medical techniques in the hopes that despite a lack of advanced medical equipment in the field, patient lives can be saved….

Love in a Borderline Personality

Love sucks. It makes people act in ways they can’t predict and gives them weird fluttering feelings in their stomach. However, healthy people at least tend to know what to expect with love, and modern research has even discovered the molecules involved in the development of romantic attraction, both emotionally and physiologically. One of cupid’s…

Closing the Gap: Breast Cancer in African American vs. White Women

It is no mystery that poverty, socioeconomic disparities, and race have enormous impacts on our health and the probability of contracting many illnesses. The intersectionality of race and poverty play a critical role in risk-promoting lifestyles, limited access to healthcare, increased exposure to carcinogens, and ultimately, cancer development (Wells et.al, 2019). Caught in the web…

A Little Birdie Told Me You’re Sick: An Analysis of Social Media Syndromic Surveillance

Social media platforms have become ubiquitous since their conception in the digital age. Originally, the platforms existed as social networking sites, for individuals to connect with others rather than dyadic communication as they are commonly used for now (1). These outlets have developed opportunities for individuals to publicly and digitally share self-produced content despite their…

Does Evolutionary Medicine Have a Place in Medical Schools?

An alarmingly small fraction of physicians are familiar with the concepts of evolutionary medicine. Why? Because evolutionary medicine is rarely included, especially in the form of full courses treating the topic as a basic science, in medical schools. Nearly half, 48%, of North American medical school curriculum deans stated that they “anticipated igniting controversy at…

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