A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Fight Cancer

BY GRACIE JIN Lei gong teng, or the thunder god vine. Source: Wikimedia Commons. In September, a team of researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine discovered that the addition of glucose, a simple sugar, could transform a plant extract into a drug with potentially anti-cancer effects. To put it another way, Mary Poppin’s … Continue reading A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Fight Cancer

7 Global Health Breakthroughs: A Year in Review

BY MATTHEW PETTUS In light of several recent deaths and tragic setbacks, millennials have begun to blame these dark times on 2016, calling it “The Worst Year Ever”.1 However, as we are at the start of a new year, let us take a moment to create a resolution, and reflect on the great innovations and … Continue reading 7 Global Health Breakthroughs: A Year in Review

Red Meat and Processed Meat and the Risk of Cancer

BY REBECCA SLUTSKY It’s a tough time for lovers of hot dogs, bacon and beef jerky. After twenty years of research, the World Health Organization’s cancer research group recently announced that there is significant evidence that processed meat is a carcinogen that can cause colorectal cancer in humans.1 In addition, the research concluded that there … Continue reading Red Meat and Processed Meat and the Risk of Cancer