Human Health Impacts on Climate Change

     Even though the facts supporting climate change are indisputable, it is uncommon to find an average citizen who is genuinely, consistently, and actively worried about the possible effects.  Even though we ...

Studying Pathogenic Viruses: Risk vs. Reward

     According to the journal Nature, the struggle to contain the spread of the influenza virus is one of the biggest concerns in public health (5). One challenge in preventing an influenza pandemic is the need...

Clean Air: A Basic Human Right

What was once a carefree recreational and social pleasure that could be encountered on any corner has now become a known health concern to all who choose to partake.  It is impossible to live in our current soc...

Growing an Urban Paradise

It is impossible to walk across San Francisco’s Mission Bay district, a former landfill, without appreciating the waterside parks, grassy lounging areas, and for-rent gardening plots. The numerous spots of gree...

To Test or Not to Test?: Ethics in Genetics

In the ever-expanding field of genetics, scientists have the capability to see into a patient’s future. By using predictive genetic testing, geneticists are able to determine if a patient will likely develop a ...

Alzheimer’s: A Race Against Time

As the baby boomer generation continues to age, the prevalence of neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and Dementia of the Alzheimer’s Type (DAT), will increase at a dramatic rate. Alzheimer’...

Heroin Vaccine: A Cure for Addiction?

The notion of responsibility in regard to addiction has been debated copiously in the past decade, with the critical question being whether addiction is a choice or a disease with a biological basis. According ...

The Illness in Informed Consent

Most of us are not doctors. We are not nurses or paramedics. When we are sick or hurt we rely almost entirely on the recommendation of our health care provider and, typically, we do not question the decision be...