Month: April 2017

Kubanda Cryotherapy

            Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering offers many unique opportunities, including the Design Team program in which undergraduate students work to design a device to solve an existing medical issue. Here, Pascal discusses the work done by his...

/ April 21, 2017

Illumina

3 billion. That’s a large number, hard to fully wrap your head around. It’s roughly half of the world’s population, and the number of seconds the average human is alive for. It also happens to be the number of base...

/ April 19, 2017

From Shooting Games to Surgery: Video Games in Medicine

Since the advent of video games in the latter half of the 20th century, games and gamers have long been subject to demeaning stereotypes and controversial generalizations. However, the explosive industry growth, mainstream popularity, and cultural influence of the medium...

/ April 16, 2017

Repetitive TMS: A Potential Solution for Treatment-Resistant Adolescent Depression

As of late, the World Health Organization has thrown the spotlight onto depression, which it has recently cited as the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. While many who experience depression are able to find relief through antidepressants,...

/ April 16, 2017

Evolution of Food Desert Solutions

About 25% of Baltimore residents live a quarter of a mile or more from the nearest grocery store (Johns Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future, 2010). When combined with a lack of transportation and a low median income, these supermarket-free...

/ April 16, 2017

Equitable Care for Minorities

Neonatal death, low birthweight, and pregnancy complications are serious outcomes of reduced prenatal care in the United States. A low birthweight alone causes 30,000 infant deaths. Inadequate care is seen particularly for low-income minority women, so these populations are at...

/ April 16, 2017

Mapping a healthier future: Interview with Food Policy Director Holly Freishtat

Across the country, many populations suffer malnutrition and its associated health complications that result from poor access to nutritious foods. According to the USDA, food deserts, or “low-access communities,” are defined as places where at least 500 people or 33%...

/ April 16, 2017

The Hidden Cost of Emergency Rooms

In the shock following an medical emergency, our first instinct is to get ourselves or our loved ones to the best treatment possible–immediately. It’s this need that causes countless families to rush to emergency rooms each year, all seeking the...

/ April 16, 2017

Demystifying CRISPR

  Medicine is undoubtedly among one of the most lauded fields in the world– there are few who would dispute importance of medical innovation. However, the field is not without controversy, with many new treatments scrutinized for potential ethical or...

/ April 14, 2017

Revolutionizing Medicine in the 21st Century

Medicine has always had a close relationship to the humanities. Hippocrates, for example, is one well-known figure of medicine who delineated that medicine is a humanist field. During a time when ancient medicine was usually unaided by scientifically proven treatments,...

/ April 12, 2017