ROBO DOC – THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE?

BY GRANT MERCER – Sixteen years ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the nation’s first robotic surgical system. Named after a Renaissance master, the da Vinci system promised a revolutionary breakthrough just as its name implied — a revolutionary breakthrough reflective of the marriage between art and science. Then-FDA Commissioner Jane Henney predicted…

SEX ABNORMALITY AT BIRTH

BY EMMA BURKE – Imagine you have just become the proud parent of a newborn. You hear the baby cry just before the doctor whisks your child away for examination. After a few tense moments, the doctor turns around and congratulates you with hesitation. You are told that you baby was born with both female…

HOLD ON TO YOU

BY BEMSI WALLANG – What are individuals without individuality? And at what point does it become acceptable for a person to sacrifice the things they like for the betterment of a potential, distant reality? Young adulthood is all about finding what works and sticking to it, which sets standards for your late adulthood. As pre-health students,…

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…

SEX MATTERS: THE KEY TO A MORE ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS

BY ANISHA YAGNIK – It has long been known that men and women are biologically different. Women carry the baby and men thank their stars that they don’t have to turn into a hormonal balloon for nine months. However, it is important to note that although everyone is aware of the reproductive differences, male and…

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…