Finance & Policy

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…

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 Resurgence of Psychedelics

As a graduate student in 1963, psychologist Bill Richards volunteered for a study at the University of Gottingen in West Germany. Little did he know that he would be ingesting psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychedelic compound found in many mushroom species. Even so, neither the researcher nor Richards would have any qualms about such an…

Reproductive Health in the Time of Trump

In the ideal world of healthcare, everyone everywhere would have access to excellent quality of care, regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, or any other factor that may cause disparity. However, the world we live in today does not provide such an opportunity for everyone due to the institutionalized nature of healthcare and striking disparities between…

More Than Surgery

A little over six decades ago, kidney transplantation was not an option for those afflicted with chronic kidney disease. Almost five decades ago, the first human heart transplantation surgery lasted nine hours while the patient survived for less than three weeks afterwards. A little over three decades ago, the first robot-assisted surgical procedure was performed…

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