Daily Archives: December 9, 2015

Father to Son

Ken Nwachukwa stands atop a grey metal fold-up chair and clangs his champagne glass with a metal spoon. The crowd of family and friends, each engaged in separate conversations, congregate around Ken and his step-son, David Ayeke. The occasion is David’s high school post-graduation party. “David, I pass the torch to you,” laughing in a…

The Truth about STIs

Hookup culture is prominent in many colleges, and Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) is no exception. Friends whisper or boast to each other after Friday nights about their drunken frat paramours and Tinder hookups. Yik Yak, a smartphone social media application for anonymous posting, at WUSTL (or any college really) abounds with sexually frustrated…

Questions: Alzheimer’s Disease

Though current research, public understanding and new technologies surrounding Alzheimer’s Disease (such as the dominantly inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN) or early diagnostic genetic testing) offer an optimistic future for potential cures and effective treatments, the current prevalence of Alzheimer’s and preclinical Alzheimer’s continues to situate itself around 30 percent for the older adult population. Popular…

The un­-Broken Coffee Mug

This piece is a work of fiction inspired by non-fiction research. A 27-year-old woman walks into the door of my practice.  She is completely healthy but wants her first baby to be delivered by a C-section.  I have never encountered this situation before and many questions start running through my head: Why doesn’t she want…

Concussion Casualties of the Gridiron

Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Webster. Former Steelers guard Terry Long. Philadelphia Eagles safety Andre Waters. Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive guard Tom McHale. Are any of these names familiar? All these men were casualties of the gridiron and suffered from a newly discovered neurological disease. The December 2015 release of the feature film Concussion…

Yeast: The New Marijuana?

The process of fermentation has been around for centuries – most notably in the production of beer and bread. Most biology textbooks would describe this process as the anaerobic conversion of simple sugars into carbon dioxide and ethanol by yeast, but scientists have begun to untap a whole new potential for what fermentation can construct….

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