Daily Archives: February 23, 2015

The Tick-Tock of Our Biological Clock

We live in a world where sleep is for the weak, but perhaps the lack of sleep is what weakens us the most. We constantly engage ourselves intellectually and socially yet undervalue the necessity of several hours of mindless sleep. We pull all-nighters weekday after weekday and try to compensate for our accumulated sleep debt…

Measles and Misconceptions

Most of us have heard denunciations of vaccinations like “Vaccinations should not be mandatory, but voluntary” or “Vaccines cause autism.” Many Washington University in St. Louis students scoff at these sentiments because science has proven that vaccinations prevent disease and protect public health. In a survey with a sample of WUSTL students, 100 hundred percent…

You Are What You Feed

When people find out I don’t have Facebook, they always look so puzzled. “Why not?” they ask. It’s been two years since I deactivated my account and, yet, I still can’t find a coherent answer to this question. More times than not, I respond with an “uhhh” until somebody eventually changes the subject. I do…

Gone Girl and the Paradox of Madness

Gone Girl. Some call it a traditional gothic horror tale that reveals the truth of marriage. Others have derided it as a misandrist revenge fantasy or a misogynist validation of every paranoia American culture teaches men to hold. Certainly, this controversy highlights gendered double-standards in the United States. But more, Amy Dunne,  the main character,…

Imagine That–Part 2: How the Future of Health Care Connects Classrooms, Start-ups, and Hospitals

Continued from Part 1: Meet the Generations of Problems-Solvers Many thanks to Mrs. Jones’ science students from Forsyth School in St. Louis, who provided creative and inspiring ideas about the future of health care. The palm-sized block of ABS plastic that Patricia Widder turns over in her hands appears rough and elemental, not the first…

Facing Frankenstein: Opening up about GM Food

I am sitting across from Connie Diekman in her office at Myers. “One of my colleagues posted a picture yesterday of romaine lettuce, okay. Romaine lettuce. The label says, ‘gluten-free’, ‘lactose-free’, ‘no GM’. I think we’ve gone a bit crazy in this country, and it’s because people don’t understand food,” she says. Non-GMO. All-natural. Grass-fed….

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