The Re-Introduction of Psychedelics in Medicine

By Rahul Nachnani Millions of patients are struggling with treatment-resistant psychiatric diseases including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and addiction. These folks often go through numerous rounds of medications, therapies, providers, and are understandably frustrated with the lack of progress in their mental health and recovery. In an ideal setting, rather than months of ring-around-the-pharmacy, … Continue reading The Re-Introduction of Psychedelics in Medicine

What is Going On in Your Brain When You’re Stressed

By Mariam Melkumyan While certain levels of stress present in our lives is a good thing, sometimes it can be too much. Now is a very stressful time for graduate students; in addition to qualifying and comprehensive exams and dissertations, we are constantly reminded of threats to our health and normal lives due to the … Continue reading What is Going On in Your Brain When You’re Stressed

The First Use of CRISPR to Treat a Genetic Disease in a Live Patient

By Ryan Hylton Basic concept of the CRISPR-Cas9 system. Photo Credit: Vox/Javier Zarracina At least 6,000 human diseases are caused by heritable genetic mutations1. A long-time dream of physicians and patients alike has been to specifically treat these diseases by manipulating the genetic code in affected patients. This dream became one step closer to reality … Continue reading The First Use of CRISPR to Treat a Genetic Disease in a Live Patient

Newly identified gene variant may render hormonal birth control less effective

Credit: Gabriela Sanda from Pixabay Temperatures are getting cooler and days are getting shorter—fall is definitely here. With the dawn of October, many are ready for the month-long campaign devoted to raising awareness for women’s health. While pink ribbons and highlights in advancements in breast cancer research may abound in the coming weeks, a recent … Continue reading Newly identified gene variant may render hormonal birth control less effective