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Human Trafficking and Healthcare: Using a Public Health Approach to Combat and Prevent Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking and Healthcare: Using a Public Health Approach to Combat and Prevent Human Trafficking

By Nathnael Mengistie According to the International Labor Organization, human trafficking is the act of controlling or exploiting a person for sex, labor, or other services through fraud, force, or coercion. This grave human rights violation affected an estimated 20.9 million or more individuals worldwide […]

Dealing With the First Genetically-Edited Birth

Dealing With the First Genetically-Edited Birth

By Shaffin Siddiqui On November 25 of 2018, Chinese scientist He Jiankui announced one of most seminal  and controversial moments in the history of genetics: the birth of the first genetically-edited babies. According to an early report by the MIT Technology Review, the two twins, […]

Are Daffodils the key to beating cancer?

Are Daffodils the key to beating cancer?

By Nicholas Persaud Daffodils may be something you plant in your garden or perhaps put in a bouquet of flowers for a loved one. However, research suggests that daffodils have much more to offer than their appearance. Daffodils have been used for multiple medicinal purposes including […]

Report on Research on Displaced Children with Cancer in Lebanon

Report on Research on Displaced Children with Cancer in Lebanon

By Andrew Wu One of the greatest current humanitarian catastrophes is the worsening refugee crisis caused by the conflict in Syria, which has many unfortunate implications in public health, especially pediatric care. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are around […]

Little Creatures, Big Improvements: The Success Story of a Decreasing Newborn Mortality Rate

Little Creatures, Big Improvements: The Success Story of a Decreasing Newborn Mortality Rate

By MaryAnn Placheril According to a recent UNICEF report, the newborn mortality rate in Bangladesh has significantly decreased. Back in 1990, when the mortality rate was 64.2 for every 1,000 newborns, births were assisted by family members without medical training. In these conditions, asphyxia was […]

Weighing in on Gain-of-Function Research

Weighing in on Gain-of-Function Research

By Sharon Washio Viruses are the ultimate parasites—they use the host’s cell processes to carry out their infectious cycles, from replication to dissemination. As barriers between species are crossed and favorable mutations are aptly selected, viruses evolve to propagate among the population, at times, leading […]

Review: Effects of Climate Change on Infectious Diseases

Review: Effects of Climate Change on Infectious Diseases

By Andrew Wu Climate change has many implications for public health, particularly on the transmission of infectious diseases. Changes in humidity can lead to an increased risk of illnesses that spread through bodily fluids. Vectors such as mosquitoes can become more abundant and affect larger […]

UV Light: A New Tool for Disease Prevention

UV Light: A New Tool for Disease Prevention

By Devorah Saffern Ultraviolet (UV) light kills cells by causing thymine bases in the cell’s DNA to interact and form dimers, which are then removed by the DNA’s own correction mechanisms. Increased exposure to UV light increases the chances of these mechanisms incorrectly replacing the […]