Sociocultural Perspectives

Opioids and the Future of Pain Management

Vicodin, Demerol, OxyContin, Percocet – once among the inconspicuous painkillers that only occasionally occupied household medicine cabinets (and even then, only post-surgery or in the case of a very serious medical problem), today maintain household-name status.  They are members of the family of opioid analgesics, drugs that attach to specific receptors in the brain and…

Rooted

Community gardens in cities, often touted as the the solution to many urban health and crime issues, have been used as an educational tool since the beginning of the twentieth century. Through gardening, “one learns not only practical skills associated with gardening—but also the civic-mindedness to nurture a community open space” [1]. Gardens teach youth…

Intelligence, Mental Health, and the Battle for the 4.0

Walking around Washington University’s campus, you will probably see smiling students, beautiful buildings, and pristine landscaping. However, closer observation paints a different picture. A majority of student conversation is dominated by talk of grades, extracurricular activities, and the amount of sleep (or lack thereof) that a student was able to manage the night before. At…

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