HEALTH CARE CHALLENGES IN THE LGBT COMMUNITY

BY HALLIE SMITH – As the number of individuals identifying as members of the LGBT community is growing, understanding and fulfilling their health needs should be of major importance to those who work in healthcare. They share all of the same physical and mental issues as any other group of society, but many of their problems…

A NEW FACE TO AN OLD ENEMY

BY HAMZAH ALI – The world confronts an old enemy today, but it has a new face disguised by false premises. This enemy targets and misleads society’s youth. Electronic cigarettes are the new forefront of the tobacco industry, outgrowing popularity for conventional cigarettes. Are e-cigarettes leading to a new revival of an old habit or…

A GENERATION IN CRISIS

BY ANNIKA JONKER – Opioids can be found administered to patients before and after surgical procedures or even given to a dental patient for a mild toothache. The amount of opioids prescribed in America has nearly quadrupled since 1999, but there has been no significant change in levels of pain that people report – so how…

AMERICA’S DOCTOR – THE U.S. SURGEON GENERAL

BY GRANT MERCER – Just over 50 years ago, Surgeon General Luther Terry issued a landmark report linking smoking to disease and death. At the time, smoking was commonplace and even considered fashionable.  Movies and advertisements, filled with images of stars like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Audrey Hepburn, made smoking seem an absolute necessity…

SOMEONE CALL AN EYE DOCTOR

BY LILY WANG – Whenever I tell someone I’m a Microbiology major, they always ask, “Are you Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-PA, etc?” After I tell them that I’m actually Pre-Optometry, they either ask, “What’s optometry?” or “What’s the difference between optometry and ophthalmology?” Optometrists (O.D.) are primary health care professionals that diagnose and treat diseases and…

YOUR BRAIN ON MULTITASKING

BY EMMA BURKE – Cramming in time for the latest binge-worthy Netflix series, catching up on social media drama and spending time with friends can seem impossible after a long day of classes and homework (especially if you want to get a full night’s sleep). To squeeze more than 24 hours of life out of…

THE INTERNET TOLD ME I WAS DYING!

BY LEAH GINN – It always happens the same way: I experience a few different symptoms, Google them, select an enticing WebMD article and diagnose myself with a terminal illness – all within a mere five minutes. If I allowed the internet to be the authoritative voice regarding my health care the numerous times that…

MORE THAN JUST THE RIGHT NUMBERS

BY HAMZAH ALI –   3.98 GPA, 518 MCAT Score, 150+ hours of clinical volunteering, 75+ hours of shadowing, president of a premier pre-medical club and five semesters of undergraduate research experience are the credentials of a student who was DENIED admissions to medical school. If you are a pre-med student reading this article right…