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Handy Health: The Benefits of Knitting

By Madison Hogan I started knitting my senior year of high school. It began merely as a curiosity — could I really make a nice hat or scarf on my own?  However, the hobby soon became much more than a simple pastime.  It was relaxing and enjoyable, and I could practically feel any tension that I had built up flow out of my body as I worked on a soft cowl or a cabled hat.  When I focused on my knitting, my project was the only thing that existed.  Time flew by as I concentrated solely on my needles, my mind wasn’t frantically jumping from one thought to another, and for once in my life, I wasn’t so tense!  Was that a normal response for other knitters, I wondered?  Was this a universal feeling among crafters as they created a finished product with their own hands?


Take a Hike: How Hiking Can Boost Your Physique, Mood, and Spirit

By Leah Ginn While on a strenuous hike in southern Kentucky near Cumberland Falls, one of my closest friends once said to me, “I think I believe why nature is so sacred; it is the only part of life that exists just as God intends for it to. It does exactly what it is supposed to do.” I pondered this statement as I continued walking down the forested path, and decided that this was true. I often wondered what drew me to the sport of hiking. I’ve never been the most athletic; exercising was at the bottom of my totem pole of priorities, and I was never the star player on any sports team. I knew that I didn’t enjoy hiking for the exercise it provided or for its athletic factor; however, the high that I felt after completing a tough hike made the difficult climb worth it. The first time I was invited to go hiking, I was highly skeptical of what would happen when my clumsiness met the obstacles in the woods. But after …

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Tortilla Reform of Medical Malpractice

By Jesse Hu Let me pose a hypothetical. Say you’re a mailman. You drive around in your mail buggy, and every day the mail makes it to the right place. One day, a letter slips into the wrong stack, and makes its way to the wrong person. Happens all the time right? No sweat. Well, for the sake of this hypothetical, you’re bathed in sweat, because now you’re fired. Oh, and your profession reputation is dragged through mud in a long, drawn  out lawsuit that costs you something like $50,000 when you’re already saddled with $100,000 worth of debt. Why does a mailman have that much debt? Well, this isn’t a perfect analogy. But, if you read between the lines of an analogy, this is a very true reality that doctors have to face.


It Takes a Village

By Nneka Ewulonu W hen you hear the word hospital, a common image most likely pops into your head: light blue or white, sterile walls of individually sectioned rooms, harsh fluorescent lighting, and an overall sense of privacy and bureaucracy. It can be hard to imagine a fundamental departure from these stereotypes, but healthcare outside of the U.S. can often be an almost unrecognizable system.


On Motivation: Fitness Blog #1

    There are many days I come home after class, and the weight of the day pulls me to my bed.  I lay down, and I say, “I’ll workout after I nap.” My eyes drift shut, and I hope to only sleep an hour.  I sit up suddenly and look at the clock. Darn… Did I really sleep two hours?  My day has shortened, and I no longer have time to work out.   My priorities have shifted to doing school work. “I’ll workout tomorrow,” I say… but didn’t I say that yesterday too? When rushing from class to class, studying, working, and finding time for sleep, many students like myself find it difficult to stay committed to working out regularly. Many desire to be active and healthy, but many say they “don’t have the time” or that they are “too tired”.   I have told myself these things many times, and quite frankly, I know that these are excuses.  Let us face it, if there is time to no-life Netflix, there is definitely time to …

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Importance of Evidenced-Based Healthcare for Decision-Making

By Charyse Magdangal The world of healthcare is in a constant state of flux.  Every year, thousands of peer-reviewed medical articles are published with new findings, and more innovative technologies for screening and treatment are created.  With all of this change, it is imperative that physicians are constantly challenging their practice and their patients are investigative regarding their care. However, there is often a gap between effective research and its implementation in physician and clinical practice, and because of this, there are considerable variations between clinical practices.  As more and more choices in regards to screening, medications, tests, and treatments for serving patients become available, Dr. Mark Ebell, professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Georgia, says that “many physicians fall back on what they learned in medical school or what experts said” (personal communication, April 28, 2015).  Nonetheless, optimal health care means making smart, informed decisions about preventive care such as screening, counseling preventive medicine, tests and treatments.

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The Ambiguously Colored Dress

By Annika Carter A couple months ago, the Internet blew up over the simple image of a striped dress.  The dress “broke” the Internet, sparking debates on every social media site and blog forum.  I, for one, have seen it both ways. Quite annoyingly, I have had instances where I see it as blue and black one second, and as white and gold the next.  Theories have been bouncing around the Internet; some viable, some not so much.  But the question still remains: what actually causes this phenomenon?

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The Science of Jurassic World: Genetic Engineering on the Human Race

By Christina Najjar In the new film Jurassic World, personnel operating the Mesozoic- themed park argue the consumers’ desire for dinosaurs that are “bigger, scarier, more teeth” (“Rapturous Applause”, 2015, para.3); in the real world, the Department of Defense (DoD) is essentially demanding the same of our soldiers. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), often known as the “mad scientist wing” (Gayle, 2012) of the DoD, has allocated an annual budget of $2 billion to several different projects all working towards building a supersoldier( Posel, 2013, para. 1). (I’m not saying Captain America, but Captain America.)  The main hope for accomplishing such a feat lies in genetic engineering, the same process fictitiously responsible for creating Jurassic World’s mutant species Indominus Rex.


A Day in the Pre-Med Life: California State University

A Day in the Life of a CSUF Pre-Med by Christopher Corral My name is Christopher Corral and I am a third-year biology major at California State University-Fullerton. I want to be a physician because I believe it is the most fulfilling work I could ever do in my lifetime. To be an engineer of the human body is an amazing thing. I work towards becoming a physician by sticking to a schedule of continual progress. I feel that repeatedly getting out of my comfort zone to move forward will shape me as a doctor. “My day typically starts in a rush to get out of the house. It takes me exactly 45 minutes to leave the house groomed and well-fed. After fighting slow AM traffic, I manage to get to school. By the time I park my car, I’m usually already late for my first class. A couple of science and lab classes later, I am mentally clocked out. I don’t sleep much, as I am constantly on the verge of falling behind. Luckily, …