Public Health

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…

Closing the Gap: Breast Cancer in African American vs. White Women

It is no mystery that poverty, socioeconomic disparities, and race have enormous impacts on our health and the probability of contracting many illnesses. The intersectionality of race and poverty play a critical role in risk-promoting lifestyles, limited access to healthcare, increased exposure to carcinogens, and ultimately, cancer development (Wells et.al, 2019). Caught in the web…

Sickly Sweets

The first artificial sweetener, saccharin, was discovered in 1897 when coal tar derivative researcher Dr. Constantine Fahlberg quite literally brought his work home with him. After a day in the lab, he sat down to dinner and bit into an unusually sweet piece of bread. He realized the chemical that caused the sweetness had been…

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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