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Global Brigades

Upon stepping off the plane into Tegucigalpa airport, the surreal nature of my situation hit me.  I had just traveled for 7 some hours with 36 people I barely knew, into a country one month before I couldn’t place on a map, to do work I have only imagined myself doing to get me through…

2017 Nobel Prize

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology was jointly awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for characterizing the circadian rhythm at a level of molecular operation. Although the concept of biological clocks was well understood, pioneering work lead by these researchers in the 1980’s and 1990’s provided the first…

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…

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…

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…

Letter to the Editor: For Antibiotics to Fight Diseases, We Must Fight Overuse of Antibiotics

This week, researchers at the Washington University Medical School (WUSM) announced they had successfully combined three antibiotics that, together, can kill MRSA, otherwise known as antibiotic-resistant staph infection. According to WUSM professor Gautam Dantas, this is a major breakthrough that could save 11,000 American lives every year. However, our society urgently needs to address the…

Transforming Transgender Health Care

As of 2015, Oregon has joined a few other states in covering health services specific to the needs of the transgender community. Its Medicaid now pays for hormones, puberty delay and suppression, and reassignment surgeries. Dr. Amy Cislo, a professor of Women and Gender Studies who also teaches Transgender Studies and Gender, Religion, Medicine and…

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