Op-Ed

From Vision to Verisimilitude

In the film Gattacca, parents use genetic selection techniques to create the baby that they want, and typically, parents choose the embryo with the most physically fit characteristics [1]. The techniques present in this 1997 film are nearly at our fingertips in an even more revolutionary form. Our ability to pick and choose specific traits…

The Painkiller Pendulum

Every day, Amy returns home from work with severe aches. The pain in her back and legs is hardly bearable. She has finished an eight-hour shift and has taken the gradually increasing pain for as long as she can manage. Fighting back tears, she enters her home, goes to her bedroom, opens a small bottle…

Globalization and Disease

In 2006, the United Nations reported a growing total of 232 million migrants in the world, who represent roughly 3 percent of the global human population. Population migration is a global affair due to its implications in the realm of public health. Throughout history migration and immigration have played major roles in the spread of…

Rethinking Charitable Donations

For approximately $40,000, Guide Dogs of America can train and provide a seeing eye dog to the visually impaired. Upon visiting their program’s website, a large “Donate” button appears beside a picture of fluffy labrador puppies in the arms of smiling volunteers. For $25, the Carter Center’s Trachoma Control program can cure someone in the…

Notes From Hanoi

“Maybe in 10 years time, I will become one of them too.” I’ve only been shadowing after Dr. Ly (pseudonym) for two days and already I think I know perhaps half of what he feels when he has to return the call to the mother of an 18-month-old with anhidrosis knowing that there is nothing…

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