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...

Drug Development

Ask Your Doctor About... One of the largest and most rapidly expanding areas of research is drug development. Though the morbidity of infectious diseases plummeted in the latter half of the 20th century, the...

Rusty Patch Bumblebee: Threatened by Trump

On January 11, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) was forced to delay protection of the Rusty Patch Bumblebee, a critically endangered native North American species. The Trump administration put a 60-day ...

RX: Fluids and Rest

Think of the last time the “BC Bug” circulated within the Boston College population. Despite all best efforts, a considerable subset of the student body contracted the illness. As much as you likely tried to av...

The Intersection of Story-telling and Medicine

The roses blossomed in ways she had never seen before. They opened in a manner that exposed their inner complexity, the bees furrowing in their pollen and the wind disturbing their exchange; yet, the rose’s sim...

Shingles: An Unnerving Commonality

Imagine awaking to stabbing chest pain, extreme fatigue and a sick feeling, and a bizarre rash wrapping around half of your chest. Fearing a looming heart attack you seek immediate medical attention, only to be...

CRISPR: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Perhaps one of the greatest leaps in the capabilities of the human race is nearly upon us: the ability to master our own evolution. The possibilities and ethics of genetically engineering humans have been pre...

Is it Time to Radically Rethink Western Medicine?

In a haste, I slammed the door, without realizing one of my fingers was lodged between the seams. Immediately, a sharp pain seared through my finger, tracing up to my forearm. When the nail bed on my finger tur...

Will the Moonshot to End Cancer Take Off?

If you were one of the millions of Americans who tuned into the final State of the Union given by President Obama this past January, you know it contained references to American leadership and innovation, as we...