Researchers Agree that Needle Exchanges Are a Good Thing. Do Policymakers?

As of 2019, over 1.2 million Americans live with HIV [6]. An estimated 7% of these patients used injection drugs such as heroin, a population consisting disproportionately of racial minorities. For instance, Black people made up 30% of injection drug users diagnosed with HIV in 2018, despite representing only around 13% of the population. The primary mechanism of HIV transmission in this case is the sharing…

The Role  of  “Big Data” in Healthcare: Improving Patient Outcomes and Efficiency 

Recently, healthcare has been undergoing a digital revolution. Mobile devices and technologies are more frequently being incorporated in healthcare settings to improve a broad range of health outcomes. Healthcare has mainly used a “one-size-fits-all” approach to patient care in which generalized treatment plans are used rather than personalizing treatment plans based on the patient’s individual case. However, with recent advances in…

Terraforming Mars with Tardigrades

Can genetic engineering help humans live in space? [SA3] As billionaires are pursuing their interest in space exploration, the prospect of a mission to Mars is becoming more credible. CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, a vocal proponent and investor in this endeavor, says the deadline for a Mars mission may be as early as 2024 [7]. With a plan…

Beauty and Brains: The Neuroscience Behind Attractiveness

What makes someone attractive? Is beauty truly in the eye of the beholder? In the ChatLab, part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Neuroaesthetics, researchers explore these questions in the field of neuroaesthetics. Neuroaesthetics is “a subdiscipline of cognitive neuroscience concerned with the neural basis of aesthetic experiences, which involve interactions with entities and…

Long Road to Recovery

After the rapid rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, life has returned to a semblance of normalcy. For COVID long-haulers, however, their lives have veered away from their original tracks. While some people have recovered from the illness within weeks, long-haulers are still grappling with the harsh reality of “chronic COVID-19,” even months after the symptom onset….

COVID-19 in 2021: Hope is Rising

More than 3,000. More than 12,000. More than 700,000. More than 4.55 million. These numbers have been growing like an eternally ticking clock except instead of marking the passage of time, they mark each life that was lost to COVID-19 in St. Louis, in Missouri, in the United States and worldwide. The virus does not discriminate,…

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