DEATH WITH DIGNITY

BY ERIC SANTANA – Currently, there are six states in United States of America that have created laws regarding the concept known as “Right to Die,” more commonly referred to as Death with Dignity. For those unfamiliar with this medical concept, it refers to the idea that a patient should have the right to have…

CARING FOR KIDS VS. ADULTS

BY MUHAMMAD SIDDIQ – In the world of medical care, no two patients are the same. Every human being has varying circumstances relating to one’s medical health that make his or her treatment unique. One of the largest influences on the medical care given to a patient is his or her stage in life. Infants, children…

DEFYING DEATH

BY GRANT MERCER – Twenty years ago at the age of 122, the world’s oldest living person, Jeanne Calment, passed away in August of 1997. Outliving all her family and all her doctors, except for, the last one of course, she attributed her long life to copious amounts of garlic and olive oil, as well…

ONE LIFE FOR ANOTHER

BY ANNIKA JONKER – Giving birth to a child is one of the most dangerous things a women can do. Throughout history, it remains one of the most prevalent ways that pregnant women die. Every day, according to the World Health Organization, about 830 women pass away all around the world due to pregnancy or…

HEALTH CARE DISPARITY

BY BEMSI WALLANG – Minorities and residents of low-income communities tend to have disproportionate access to adequate healthcare and often lack helpful information regarding health and wellness that those in more affluent areas use to their benefit. These healthcare disparities work to solidify the pre-existing barriers between the classes of our stratified society, leaving us more…

VOLUNTOURISM: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

  BY EMMA BURKE – Social media posts during breaks from school are very predictable: a curation of study abroad videos, a smattering of beach photos, and a highlight reel of volunteer trips. Those who travel the globe to volunteer often post an entire photo shoot worth of images from far flung destinations such as Honduras, Ethiopia,…

MENTAL HEALTH ON A GLOBAL SCALE

BY KATIE LUQUIRE – According to National Geographic, the ten happiest countries include Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Canada, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and Denmark. But what actually makes a country happy? As it turns out, there are some common themes among these “happiest countries”. These factors include civic engagement, education, work-life balance, and…

IMPACT OF IMMIGRATION POLICY ON MEDICINE AND SCIENCE

BY MUHAMMAD SIDDIQ – As a country with nearly 30% of its population comprised of immigrants and their children, the United States is no stranger to controversy regarding immigration policy. Factors such as the income disparities between developing and developed countries have had people moving around for centuries. The policymakers of the nations receiving these people must…

TWO CONTRASTING SYSTEMS OF MEDICINE

BY SYEDA NAUSHEEN –  Ever since the rise of Western medicine in the 19th century, there has been an ongoing battle, within the medical community, regarding Eastern and Western medicine. Both health care practices hold different but valid positions; therefore, whether one approach is better than another is strictly a matter of opinion. Western medicine, also…