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Blood Thinner Without Bleeding Risk

November 23, 2020

Written by Natalie Tran and Edited by Josephine Chan Although a typical cut can be quite annoying, it is very rarely life-threatening. Excessive blood loss from a minor cut is seldom a concern, since blood has a unique mechanism to prevent life-threatening blood loss. When bleeding occurs, platelets, a type…

Potential Shortcomings of Catheter Use in Causing UTIs

November 20, 2020

Written by Rena Zhu and Edited by Kevin Liu Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most common types of healthcare-associated infections, accounting for more than 30% of reported infections in acute care hospitals [1]. A UTI is an infection that occurs in any part of the urinary system,…

Henrietta Lacks and the Evolution of Bioethics

November 11, 2020

Written by Katie Traversino and Edited by Kevin Liu Bioethics unites human ethical principles with medical and biological research, as with the arrival of new advancements, equally intricate issues develop. Since sequencing DNA has become so fast and affordable, many individuals are concerned with what researchers can do with this…

Nanoscopic Fluorescence

November 6, 2020

Written by Christina Young and Edited by Mehr Kaur Bawa Antibodies are secreted proteins that travel in the blood and are a result of an immune system response to a pathogen, such as a bacterium. When an individual is re-infected with the same pathogen, antibodies are quick to bind to…

Predictors of Cancer and Diabetes: Oral Microbiota

October 30, 2020

Written by Manal Usmani and Edited by Sorina Long Just like in our guts, we have microorganisms residing in our mouths, collectively named oral microbiota. These beneficial microorganisms help with initial food digestion and provide immunity against harmful microbes in food. Conversely, the unfavorable types, which use sugar as a…

Viral Signs for Immunotherapy

October 19, 2020

Written by Christina Young and Edited by Mehr Bawa While many vaccines and drugs are attributed to curing disease, they may also assist your body’s own defense mechanism, the immune system. The immune system is a web of pathways that protect you from invading pathogens like viruses and bacteria, and…

The Ethics of Animal Experimentation

October 15, 2020

Written by Ashima Seth and Edited by Kevin Liu For several decades, the use of non-human animals as test subjects in medical research has been a topic of serious contention, involving several arguments. First and foremost, nearly 780,000 animals were used in regulated laboratory activities in the United States in…

Activism Fatigue: The Mind is a Powerful Resource of Change

October 5, 2020

Written by Elizabeth Montoya and Edited by Josephine Chan It is never easy to create change. As we are currently witnessing with the civil rights, PRIDE, and BLM movements to see a positive change in our world, one must take action to create a movement. This is not an easy…

Redlining’s Legacy: Food Deserts, Insecurity, and Health

September 28, 2020

Written by Tonya Mukherjee and Edited by Mehr Bawa Redlining is a discriminatory practice developed in the 1930s U.S., where banks denied mortgages to people of color, usually in urban areas, thus preventing them from buying homes in certain neighborhoods. In order to differentiate between  areas deemed more desirable and…

Origin of Clinical Experimentation Regulation

September 25, 2020

Written by Katie Traversino and Edited by Josephine Chan While many are aware of the issue of discrepancy in the treatment of different races in the world, some may be unaware of how this exists within the health field as well. A 2017 data study that surveyed Black, European, and…