Finance & Policy

Maternal and Family Health in the 2016 Election

Healthcare, particularly with regard to family and child benefits, is one of the most controversial topics being discussed in this upcoming election cycle. The United States is the only developed country in the world without paid parental leave laws of any kind, but the responsibility to update this and other aspects of the United States’…

Bridging Gender and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health Care

Alaina Maciá, CEO of Medical Transport Management (MTM) and an alumna of Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), has dedicated her career to breaking down barriers: those that affront socioeconomically-­disadvantaged patients in accessing health care, and those that hinder women in the workplace. While these issues seem unrelated, Maciá seizes her position as a female…

The Forces Behind Rising Drug Prices: Looking Past Martin Shkreli and Daraprim

  Turing Pharmaceuticals, led by CEO Martin Shkreli, recently acquired Daraprim, a drug that treats a deadly parasitic infection, and promptly raised its price from $13.50 to $750. Shkreli earned himself the reputation of a “pharma bro” through his brash handling of the situation in the media and especially on Twitter, where he called critics…

CRISPR-Cas9: Harbinger of Human Gene Editing and Its Ethical Turmoil

Last April, a group of geneticists at Sun Yat-sen University in China published a paper describing their attempt to alter the genomes of human embryos using CRISPR-Cas9, a powerful new gene editing technology. The embryos possessed mutant copies of beta-globin, a gene that normally helps produce hemoglobin but in its mutant form causes beta-thalassemia, a…

Swab Your Cheek. Save a Life.

In preparing for bone marrow registry drives, the Washington University Marrow Registry (WUMR) focuses on how to engage the student population in learning about and signing up for the National Bone Marrow Registry.  A constant concern is that when most people hear the words, “bone marrow donation,” they immediately flash to an image of a…

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