Tracing the Zika virus Outbreak

BY ANABEL STAROSTA We are no strangers to viral outbreaks and the panic they often incite. As new infections emerge, understanding their trajectories and risks is crucial. Currently, most countries in South and Central America are facing outbreaks of the Zika virus. The pandemic does not appear to be life threatening, but it is spreading quickly. The most concerning aspect…

Vivisection in the 1800s and Today

BY ELIZABETH KITT In the 1800s, vivisection—the practice of experimenting on live animals[i]—sparked a massive controversy. Its proponents upheld its necessity and utility. They lauded the progress that had been possible because vivisection allowed doctors to test surgeries and learn about the body in ways that would help them treat human patients. According to its supporters, vivisection served the…

Syrian Refugee Crisis

BY GRACE YI Since 2011, over 12 million Syrian citizens have been displaced by the Syrian civil war: around 7.6 million citizens have been displaced within the country, while 4 million are seeking refuge abroad[i]. In 2015 alone, more than 500,000 people have fled to Europe, which is now struggling to manage its worst refugee…

New Horizons in Family Planning

BY HOLLY ROBINSON Women in Oregon will be able to get their birth control without ever walking into a doctor’s office after a new law comes into effect in January 2016. Policymakers in Oregon and California have recently passed legislation allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control pills, patches, and rings. Pharmacists will be required to scan…

The End of China’s One-Child Policy

BY AKHIL UPNEJA Facing a graying population, a less competitive labor industry, and long-standing humanitarian outcries, the Chinese Communist Party announced the end of China’s one-child policy, set to start in March 2016 (Beauchamp).     The policy originated during the Mao Zedong regime in the late 1970s.  Previously, Chinese families had been encouraged to procreate in…

Maternal Health: A Persistent Issue in Latin America

BY ANABEL STAROSTA Although maternal health has increased worldwide in the past few decades, maternal disorders and pregnancy complications continue to be one of the leading causes of death for women, especially in Latin America. Deaths during delivery and other pregnancy complications have decreased worldwide from 500,000 deaths in 1990 to 289,000 deaths in 2013,…