Controlling Outbreaks Before They Happen – Targeting Emerging Diseases at the Source

By Ian Hayman Bird Flu. Ebola. Hantavirus. Dengue. Zika. SARS-CoV2. Bubonic Plague. West Nile. Malaria. These pathogens are often cast as the central antagonist, the great evil in many books, movies, and in real life. Even hearing their names can produce a visceral response, a sense of dread in the back of the head about … Continue reading Controlling Outbreaks Before They Happen – Targeting Emerging Diseases at the Source

Recycling Pseudoscience for the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Carson Purnell Early in 2020, the tone around the Covid-19 pandemic quickly changed from a ‘bad flu’ to a worldwide catastrophe, to be compared to the 1918 flu pandemic’s 50-100 million deaths1. Nobody in the world had specific immunity to this pathogen, and it was clear the novel coronavirus was highly contagious and had … Continue reading Recycling Pseudoscience for the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Search for Blue No. 1

By Hannah Johnson Photo Credit: Rebecca Robbins, Mars Wrigley Global Innovation Center from https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/new-natural-blue-food-coloring Have you ever wondered about the industry behind the color of your food? So much of what we eat is transformed into more vibrant and distinguishable colors and this is especially true for manufactured foods, such as candy, cereal, and jelly. … Continue reading The Search for Blue No. 1

Sun Protection and Skin Cancer: Myths and Facts

By Elizabeth Lesko With warm weather and sunny days occurring with increasing frequency, I thought it might be a good time to discuss a topic that is near and dear to my research: ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and skin cancer. Throughout my tenure as a dermatology-focused graduate student I have come across a plethora of misinformation … Continue reading Sun Protection and Skin Cancer: Myths and Facts

To Vape or Not to Vape: The Truth About E-cigarettes

By Gail D’Souza The year is 2060. Scientists are recruiting former e-cigarette smokers to a study to examine the long-term effects of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) smoking. You think to yourself, “Well, I smoked back in 2020, so how could that affect me 40 years later?” Regardless, you sign up for the study, and the researchers … Continue reading To Vape or Not to Vape: The Truth About E-cigarettes

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: Generational Trauma

By Brianna Evans Dr. Joy DeGruy coined the theory Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS) and defines it as, “a condition that exists when a population has experienced multigenerational trauma resulting from centuries of slavery and continues to experience oppression and institutionalized racism today.”1 Is it possible that trauma can be passed down generations? Many diseases … Continue reading Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: Generational Trauma

Short on Blood: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Led to a Blood Shortage

By Gaelyn Lyons Photo Credit: American Red Cross In the US, someone needs blood every two seconds (American Red Cross, n.d.-a). To put in perspective how much blood is needed, someone involved in a car accident may need up to 100 units of blood, which is about 100 pints. Importantly, blood isn’t only given to … Continue reading Short on Blood: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Led to a Blood Shortage

Disparities in Genetic Testing Widens the Gap in Medical Treatment for Minorities

By Olivia Marx Did you know that there are more genetic differences between populations of Africa than there are between Africans and Eurasians?1 Despite the worldwide diversity of genetic sequences, most of the thousands of genomes that have been recorded have been from people of European background. Even with the decades of time and effort … Continue reading Disparities in Genetic Testing Widens the Gap in Medical Treatment for Minorities

Lessons from Plagues Past

By Elizabeth Lesko There’s nothing quite like a global pandemic to pique the public’s interest in medical science. COVID-19 has been a prime example, with individuals around the globe demanding immediate answers to a complicated problem and wondering why scientists don’t seem to have this whole “communicable diseases” concept figured out. The modern media cycle … Continue reading Lessons from Plagues Past