St. Louis

A Spotlight on The SPOT

Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens, more commonly known as The SPOT, is a drop-in clinic located at the Washington University School of Medicine campus and Jennings High School. They offer free services to youth aged 13 to 25 for check-ups, mental health counseling, STD/HIV testing, prevention health care, wellness education, and other services. The SPOT…

Healers and Harmers

Prevention is always better than reaction when it comes to our health. When we eat well and exercise, for example, we generally have to spend less money on our health care and suffer fewer traumatic, expensive, and painful afflictions that can result from not taking care of ourselves. Preventative care is more efficient for the…

Gun Violence and Public Health: For Our Lives, Lives Lost and Lives Forgotten

Seventeen dead in Parkland. Twenty-six dead in Sutherland. Forty-nine dead in Orlando.  Twenty-seven dead at Sandy Hook. Fifty-eight dead in Las Vegas. As death tolls continue to climb and the frequency of mass shootings increase, gun violence has become one of the leading causes of premature death, killing more than 30,000 people and causing nearly…

Mosaic: The Global Vaccine

On the eve of the 2017 World AIDS day, the Janssen Vaccines & Prevention Subdivision of Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical company, along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced the launch of the Imbokodo vaccine trial. The Imbokodo study will test the efficacy of a promising HIV…

CAR T-Cell Therapy

Cancer operates stealthily, overtaking body systems via hijacking formerly healthy cells, and propagating endless, devastating effects throughout the body. Until recently, there was slim hope for the body itself to recognize and eliminate the assailant cells. However, with the emergence of chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, or CAR T-cell therapy, cancer’s undoing may be on…

An Interview with Kim Webb: Title IX and Sexual Assault on College Campuses

Issues of sexual assault and harassment have been at the forefront of public attention. Numerous reports of sexual assault have been vocalized against high profile individuals such as film producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Ben Affleck. Such accusations inspired campaigns such as the #MeToo hashtag, which encourages survivors of sexual assault to share their stories…

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