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...

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...