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…

World AIDS Day: Fact vs. Fiction

In light of the recent World AIDS Day on December 1st, writer Nicholas Persaud takes a closer look at the disease and dispels facts from fiction.

11 Tips for Living a Happier and Healthier Life

Natalia Brokate Take Time for Yourself Eat a meal alone. Read a book. Fly a kite. Seriously, anything works. Just do it. I guarantee that you will feel refreshed after spending time alone with your thoughts. According to Dr. Reed Larson from the University of Illinois, alone time plays a constructive role in daily life…

Vaccine Delivery: Reaching New Heights

Writer Tiffany Pham details the use of drones to deliver vaccines to otherwise inaccessible regions. This cost and time efficient mode of transport has the potential to make a considerable impact on the future of healthcare and global health.

Our Unexpected Ally in the Fight against Zika: Mosquitoes

By: Nicholas Persaud   Zika is my no means a novel development. In fact, the virus that causes Zika was first identified in a monkey living in the Zika forest in 1947. One year later a specific species of mosquito called Aedes africanus was determined to be the mosquito that carries the virus. The first…

Is Acupuncture a Placebo?

By: Barbara Gruszka You may have seen the Grey’s Anatomy episode where Dr. Meredith Grey ruins Dr. Dereck Shepard’s Alzheimer disease trial with the placebo drugs by interfering with the randomization of the placebo and the experimental drugs.[1] These “placebo trials” are not at all a Hollywood dramatization of the real world- the placebo effect…

Medical Metamorphosis: Modifications to Mortal Makeup

By: Tiffany Pham   Replacing members and changing parts naturally seems to be a practice in maintaining robots or marionettes. However, recent medical advancements have markedly demonstrated the potential in replacing and altering not robots, but the human body. From external body parts such as eyes to the skeletal structure of the human to the…