The Intertwining of Politics and Medicine: DACA and its Effects on Mental Health

Through hard work, determination and initiative, every resident in the United States should have the equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity: the very core of the American Dream.  While it seems plausible in theory, many struggle to achieve this idealized version of the American life, as is the case for many undocumented immigrants.  With…

Xenotransplantation and Gene Editing in Pigs

Xenotransplantation, the transplantation, implantation, or infusion into a human recipient from an animal donor, has been attempted for more than 300 years with little to no success [1]. The possibility of an essentially unlimited pool of organs to choose from has taunted many transplant surgeons and researchers alike. Beginning with blood xenotransfusion, then the grafting…

2017 Health Care Policy Recap

On March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act, also known as ACA or colloquially as Obamacare, was signed into law by President Obama. It passed with heavy Democratic support and no Republican support in the U.S. Congress, and for the past seven years, Republicans have aimed to repeal and replace the bill…

The First Human Head Transplant

Since the mid 20th century, advances in medicine have allowed doctors to save patients from terminal diseases that eat away at life-giving organs— diseases that had previously been death sentences. From the first kidney transplant in 1954 to the first full face transplant in 2010, the boundaries of medicine have been continually pushed forward towards…

Formulas and Failures: A Lab Ethnography

Pre-medical undergraduates in colleges often feel a pressure to get lab experience for medical school and, most importantly, get published. At WUSTL, research symposiums litter the campus, and reading research articles is an important facet of many upper level biology classes. In many research articles, the methods and materials sections are supplementary and placed in…

The Possibility of Eye Transplantation

The gift of sight is something that can be easily taken for granted, at least until something causes issues with vision. Our eyes allow us to take in extraordinary amounts of information every day, and in many ways, are our primary means of understanding our environment through the power of perception. Our bodies invest a…

TAVRs: The Minimally Invasive Alternative to Open-Heart Surgery

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cardiovascular diseases are the primary global cause of death, as of late 2016. Fortunately, many cardiovascular conditions, such as congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, and clogged, leaky, or stiff heart valves, can be remedied by open-heart surgery. During this procedure, the patient is anesthetized, and the surgeon…

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