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

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