Month: April 2017

An Unconventional Weapon and the Dual-Use Dilemma

The deployment of chemical weapons is an ongoing issue of international concern, which resurfaced not long ago in Kim Jong-Nam’s assassination and the Syrian sarin attack in early April. Here, the implications of chemical warfare and steps taken to prevent...

/ April 21, 2017

Life Stories: An Introduction to Narrative Medicine

Everyone has a life story. But rarely does anyone get to tell it. A novel approach to medicine seeks to change that. Narrative medicine emerged as a field of study in the early 2000’s, with the first program in the...

/ April 21, 2017

America vs. the World: Health Care Pros and Cons

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” – President Harry S. Truman As President Truman stated, the United States is globally perceived and glorified...

/ April 21, 2017

Global Gag Rule Makes Women’s Health Worse Again

In his first few days in office, President Donald Trump signed multiple executive actions, one of which reinstated the global gag rule. The global gag rule prevented international aids given to health clinics that proposed abortions as a family-planning option...

/ April 21, 2017

So Close, and Not So Far Away

Smallpox is captivating. It assumed the role as one of humanity’s greatest enemies, bringing death and famine wherever it reared its ugly head.  When it was prominent, three out of ten people who contracted it died.  Sitting on beds of...

/ April 21, 2017

Patients without Borders: Medical Tourism and its effect on Global Medicine

Booking her flight to Bangkok, Thailand, Mia, a 35-year photographer from Philadelphia, only had two things in mind: her son’s well-being and the implicated costs. Her son needed a root canal, and she was determined to travel to Thailand for...

/ April 21, 2017

Too Little Care in the United States: A Primary Care Dilemma

Going to the doctor can be enough of a hassle, from having to make an appointment, to filling out stacks of paperwork, and of course, the universally-dreaded waiting room. But for some, the biggest issue is finding is a hospital...

/ April 21, 2017

Laboratory aims to find a way to inhibit cancer growth at early stages

Cancer, in its many different forms, has been the subject of much medical research and investigation for several decades. Many different approaches have been taken to target the problems caused by them, and while some have been more effective than...

/ April 21, 2017

Fighting Malaria

During the Vietnam War, the Chinese army endured an overwhelming wave of firepower from the United States and South Vietnamese military.  Landmines threatened every trodden step, artillery fire and airstrikes thundered from above, and sniper fire flashed without warning.  The...

/ April 21, 2017

A Gentle Light or Violent Shock?

The human heart is an indispensable part of the human anatomy, so when it starts to have problems, the implications for the patient are often extremely severe. Thankfully, many brilliant researchers dedicate their lives to improving diagnosis and treatment of...

/ April 21, 2017