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Preventing Another Pandemic Means Protecting the Planet

The following piece was written as part of The Pandemic: Science and Society course offered from Aug. 17 – Sep. 4. Climate change and environmental degradation is a public health crisis.  While we are stuck navigating the immediate tragedies of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been little attention to the impact habitat destruction and climate…

Coronavirus Vaccine Progress

One of the biggest questions people are asking is when we are going to get a vaccine. Presumably, designing an effective vaccine and wide scale vaccination campaigns will ultimately eradicate the virus or at least allow those vaccinated to return to a new normal. Research is flowing into COVID-19 research of all types, with Congress…

COVID-19: What Went Wrong?

Many things have happened since the discovery of the SARS-Cov-2 and the appearance of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Wuhan, China. As of 24:00 on Feb 20, there are 75,465 identified cases of COVID-19 nationally, 62,662 of which are in Hubei province. Wuhan with more than 9 million residents is completely shut down. Panic and…

Vitamin D Deficiency: A New Pandemic

Rickets, a disease caused by vitamin D deficiency, is rarely diagnosed by the practicing physician today. At the beginning of the twentieth century, rickets was prevalent among poor children living in polluted and industrialized cities. The discovery of vitamin D and its anti-rachitic properties soon brought about the fortification of milk with vitamin D and…

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…

Vaccine Hesitancy: An Emerging Threat

According to World Health Organization’s “Ten Threats to Global Health in 2019” list, one of the main threats people around the globe will face is vaccine hesitancy. Vaccine hesitancy, explained as “the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines”, has been a growing epidemic over the past years with the help of…

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