The Injury You Cannot See: The Effects of the Refugee Crisis on the Rohingya Children

By: MaryAnn Placheril Bordering India and China, Myanmar is a mainly Buddhist country with a sizable Muslim minority, the Rohingya. However, the government of Myanmar does not recognize the Rohingya as citizens, leaving them stateless. For decades, Buddhists have systematically oppressed the Rohingya, but this oppression has recently been taken to the extreme. The Rohingya…

Midwifery as a Means to Bridge Global Health’s Gender Gap

By Alison Herman On June 17, midwives from 113 countries could be found parading through the streets of Toronto, marshalling in the annual International Confederation of Midwives congress. These essential practitioners do much to lead the march forward toward global development goals, providing life-saving care to mothers and infants. The investment and attention paid to…

Are Video Games Really… “Mindless?”

By Ameyavikram Pathak Hopewell Valley Central High School We’ve all heard from, well, about everyone, that video games rot your brain. People often tell their kids to turn off their devices because they want their kids to have healthy eyes in this new era of technological advancements. Some can even argue that violence in certain video…

Untreated Mental Illnesses: The Causes and Effects

Milena Bimpong Lawrence High School People view taking time off from school or work because of the flu or a broken bone as perfectly acceptable, but taking time off because of stress from a mental illness such as anxiety or depression, unfortunately, is not. People usually believe that someone who takes time off from school…

National Autism Awareness Month

Nicholas Persaud The month of April is National Autism Awareness Month. As suggested by the name, the purpose of this month is to educate and inform others about autism. This includes defining the disease, learning what it means to have autism, learning the difficulties that someone with autism faces, and of course learning how to…

April: Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Barbara Gruszka Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative brain disorder. While there are many neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Huntington’s, Parkinson’s is characterized by the development of tremors, impaired movement, and even trouble controlling emotions.[1] Why does this occur? Current research points to the neurotransmitter dopamine. Neurotransmitters allow for the…

Development of Novel Flow Cytometry Technique to Study Yellow Fever Virus

BY DEVORAH SAFFERN Researchers in the Ploss lab of the Molecular Biology department at Princeton University have utilized a new technology to analyze the pathogenesis of the yellow fever virus (YFV), which can be applied to other viruses and lead to significant progress in understanding disease mechanisms. Published in Nature Communications on March 14, their…

Combating Blood Shortage: In vitro Red Blood Cells

BY SHARON WASHIO At any given time, or more exactly every 2 seconds, blood transfusions are needed for complicated surgeries, treatments, accident victims, sickle patients, pregnancy complications, severely anemic children, and more. While blood can be donated even concurrently with the use of medications like aspirin, and in the U.S. approximately 38% of the population…

American Heart Month

Nicholas Persaud February is the month dedicated to the heart in more ways than one. Most people know about Valentine’s day but they probably don’t know that the month of February is American Heart Month. Heart health is an extremely important issue worldwide. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is…

The Links between Gut Microbes and Human Disease

BY DEVORAH SAFFERN Our guts are composed of thousands of bacterial species, many of which are essential for physiological processes like digestion and fighting disease. Recent findings suggest that these microbes – the types of which are specific to each individual – are linked to several diseases that affect much of our population. Studying the…