Is Surgery the Stepchild of Global Public Health?

By: Nina Rodriguez Surgery is a medical service typically not on the agenda for global healthcare advocates.  However, inadequate surgical care and scarce access to anesthesia is a serious issue in low-income and middle-income countries, such as Uganda.  It is a matter that is severely overshadowed by other more discussed crises.  In fact, Paul E. Farmer…

Jet-Lag and Implications with Cancer

By: Noah Beattie-Moss The circadian rhythm, a 24-hour oscillation of physiological processes based on the day/night cycle, is vital for maintaining homeostasis of the body. Long-term disruption of this rhythm can have serious side-effects, as it has been implicated in tumorgenesis and cancer development. Women who work night shifts have been shown to have a…

Widespread Workplace Discrimination Against People with Major Depressive Disorder Puts Employees in a Double-Bind

By Alison Herman In February 2016, the British Medical Journal released an expansive study of workplace discrimination against people with major depressive disorder (MDD) spanning 35 countries with a total of 834 participants. The analysis revealed anticipated and experienced discrimination against a majority of the study’s participants (62.5%). Both anticipated and experienced discrimination had a…

A mechanism of how alcohol consumption promotes human breast cancer

BY ALEESHA YE Alcohol has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer development. However, the exact mechanism through which ethanol promotes breast cancer is not well characterized. This experiment aims to delve deeper in the specifics of the mechanism, which can be generally described as follows: ethanol is converted to acetaldehyde, a toxic…

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…

Exorbitant Drug Prices in the US: Why They Don’t Exist in Other Countries?

By Moses Im From the scandal filled US elections to Michael Phelps’ record breaking twenty-third Olympic gold medal, 2016 has been full of big and unexpected news. Unfortunately, included in all this is the steep price hike of the Epipen (auto-injecting medicine for allergy emergencies). A set which cost $103.50 in 2009 now cost $608.61…

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…

Current Status of Zika: Human Trials and DNA Vaccines

BY SHARON WASHIO The infamous Zika virus has been plaguing our lives and travel plans throughout the past year. Transferred widely by Aedes mosquitoes, the symptoms vary from nervous system disorders such as the Guillain-Barré syndrome, to even none at all. The true, insidious hazard of the virus lies in its ability to affect pregnancies…