Innovation

The First Human Head Transplant

Since the mid 20th century, advances in medicine have allowed doctors to save patients from terminal diseases that eat away at life-giving organs— diseases that had previously been death sentences. From the first kidney transplant in 1954 to the first full face transplant in 2010, the boundaries of medicine have been continually pushed forward towards…

Formulas and Failures: A Lab Ethnography

Pre-medical undergraduates in colleges often feel a pressure to get lab experience for medical school and, most importantly, get published. At WUSTL, research symposiums litter the campus, and reading research articles is an important facet of many upper level biology classes. In many research articles, the methods and materials sections are supplementary and placed in…

TAVRs: The Minimally Invasive Alternative to Open-Heart Surgery

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cardiovascular diseases are the primary global cause of death, as of late 2016. Fortunately, many cardiovascular conditions, such as congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, and clogged, leaky, or stiff heart valves, can be remedied by open-heart surgery. During this procedure, the patient is anesthetized, and the surgeon…

Orbis

Imagine waking up one early morning, groggy and confused, reaching for a blaring alarm clock next to your bed to hit the snooze button. The first attempt to hit it fails, although you should be able to see it out of the corner of your eye.  Suddenly, you realize you can’t perceive your alarm clock,…

The Reality of Virtual Reality in Medicine

The use of virtual reality in the medical field has been steadily developing over the past decade. Currently, the most effective methods of direct medical application are for psychiatric treatment. VR has been used to treat individuals with irrational fears and post-traumatic stress disorder. Virtual reality programs offer a controlled, gradual method of introducing otherwise…

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