Articles by Annie Feng


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…

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…

The Matter of the Heart

As medicine becomes increasingly specialized, it is more important than ever to train medical students to not only be competent but caring physicians. Nevertheless, many medical ethics courses continue to tend towards presenting impersonal, austere case studies that prioritize taking action and immediate decision making over seeing the patient as first and foremost, a person…

The Price of Tomorrow’s Plague

The day-to-day grind of saving the world is not glamorous. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a sizeable portion of the work involves testing samples from receiving centers, crunching data and finding out if a grocery store’s brussel sprouts or chicken salad has caused the latest salmonella outbreak. Such mundane work in…

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