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Addiction Research Should Go with the Gut

Addiction Research Should Go with the Gut

by Vincenzo Montoni | Edited by Cecilia Kim Pathological substance use is a profoundly pressing health crisis in the United States and across the world. Researchers have worked tirelessly to keep pace with the crisis and have learned much about neuronal signaling networks as well […]

Global Crises, Chronic Stress, and Spatial Memory 

Global Crises, Chronic Stress, and Spatial Memory 

by Melvi Agolli | Edited by Maryam Kamel Stress manifests itself in many different ways and in academic, social, and cultural contexts. For instance, it’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic caused a general increase in anxiety for all of our loved ones, exacerbated social […]

Social Media, Political Rhetoric, and Public Health in the COVID Era: An Issue of Trust

Social Media, Political Rhetoric, and Public Health in the COVID Era: An Issue of Trust

by Andrew Guo | Edited by Cecilia Kim On December 12th, 2019, in Wuhan, China, a group of patients checked into their local hospitals with high-grade fevers, acute fatigue, and respiratory pneumonia. For several weeks, the cause of their symptoms eluded public health officials. Little […]

Maternal Effects: Intergenerational Transmission of Health Inequalities

Maternal Effects: Intergenerational Transmission of Health Inequalities

by Dyanne Ahn | Edited by Cecilia Kim In her book The Maternal Imprint: The Contested Science of Maternal-Fetal Effects, Harvard University historian and philosopher of science Sarah S. Richardson claims that “our bodies are at once biological and social.” Richardson’s viewpoint reflects the recent […]

The Anti-Tumor Potential of Salt

The Anti-Tumor Potential of Salt

By Megan Leinenbach While we usually think of salt as just another tasty ingredient found on our kitchen tables, it has actually played a variety of important rolesthroughout human history. In fact, salt used to be a form of currency in the Roman empire, a lucrative […]

Whole-Genome Cancer Sequencing: A Milestone in Cancer Biology

Whole-Genome Cancer Sequencing: A Milestone in Cancer Biology

By Zsombor Gal According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide. Estimated at nearly 10 million deaths in 2018, fatalities due to cancer are expected to increasesubstantially in the next few decades due to an aging population. These data warrant […]

To Operate or Not: The Dilemma of Preventative Cardiac Surgery

To Operate or Not: The Dilemma of Preventative Cardiac Surgery

by Shaffin Siddiqui While it may be considered a platitude, the objective of medicine – in addition to actually administering hands-on care – is to pursue the path of treatment that minimizes long-term harm. Hence, the role of the doctor is not to simply slice […]

Dementia: A Forgotten Crisis

Dementia: A Forgotten Crisis

By Chino Kieran Eke In the United States, there are approximately 5.8 millions Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. This disease causes the slow loss of mental faculties, including memory, critical thinking, and the ability to carry out simple tasks. While the disease principally affects individuals […]