Daily Archives: April 8, 2019

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…

Sickly Sweets

The first artificial sweetener, saccharin, was discovered in 1897 when coal tar derivative researcher Dr. Constantine Fahlberg quite literally brought his work home with him. After a day in the lab, he sat down to dinner and bit into an unusually sweet piece of bread. He realized the chemical that caused the sweetness had been…

A Changing Game: How the NFL’s New Rules Have Affected Concussions, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and the Future of Contact Sports

As a loyal Kansas City Chiefs fan for the last decade, I have lived through forgettable season followed by forgettable season. I remember watching the Indianapolis Colts erase a 28-point deficit in the second half to defeat the Chiefs in the Wildcard Game in 2014. One could imagine how excited I was about this season…

Marijuana Legalization: Half-Baked?

In 1996, marijuana was illegal everywhere in America. Now, just over twenty years later, cannabis has become a normalized substance: 33 states have legalized the drug in some form, ten states have legalized it for recreational use, and a majority of Americans now support legal pot. The effort to reverse the ban on weed has…

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