Neon Cathedrals¹, White Coated Pastors, and the Gospel of the Rx

BY BRENDA CALDERON Doctor, please, give me a dose of the American Dream Put down the pen and look in my eyes We're in the waiting room and something ain't right All this is on you, we're overprescribed - “Kevin” (2015) Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Leon Bridges I’ve been going to church since I … Continue reading Neon Cathedrals¹, White Coated Pastors, and the Gospel of the Rx

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 … Continue reading Tracing the Zika virus Outbreak

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 … Continue reading Vivisection in the 1800s and Today

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 … Continue reading Syrian Refugee Crisis

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 … Continue reading New Horizons in Family Planning

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 … Continue reading The End of China’s One-Child Policy

Disease Misdiagnosis Institutionalizes Individuals Unnecessarily

BY BRENDA CALDERON At first, there's just darkness and silence. "Are my eyes open? Hello?" I can't tell if I'm moving my mouth or if there's even anyone to ask. It's too dark to see. I blink once, twice, three times. There is a dull foreboding in the pit of my stomach. That, I recognize. … Continue reading Disease Misdiagnosis Institutionalizes Individuals Unnecessarily

Sustainable Development Goals–The Future of Global Health?

BY HOLLY ROBINSON This past September, world leaders gathered to determine the future of global health. Their discussions, aims, and goals, however, reached far past the traditional boundaries of “health,” as evidenced by the expansive list of Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, that resulted from the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, held in New York … Continue reading Sustainable Development Goals–The Future of Global Health?

Race and Ethnicity as Persistent Contributors to Poor Mental Health

BY ANABEL STAROSTA Mental health is an incredibly debilitating health problem around the world, yet due to the stigma and lack of understanding, it is an extremely difficult issue to address. According to a study by the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and Harvard University, in high-income countries, mental disorders have the second largest … Continue reading Race and Ethnicity as Persistent Contributors to Poor Mental Health

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, … Continue reading Maternal Health: A Persistent Issue in Latin America