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...

The Possibility of Work-Life Balance in Science

This past summer one of my good friends managed to secure an internship at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes conducting biomedical research. He was thrilled at the opportunity for career exploration and ment...

The Dangers of Diagnostic Radiation

The average individual might be quite shocked to find out that exposure to low-level radiation is as common as the air we breathe. Everyday sources of radiation include the sunlight that allows us to visibly fu...

Life: A Space Case

Are we alone in the universe? It is a question that humans have been asking since we first looked up at the stars and up until recently it has been a subject of mere speculation. However, upon the discovery of ...

Redefining “Human” Rights

In a court case that set the animal rights community ablaze, the New York Supreme Court issued a writ of habeas corpus for two chimpanzees in captivity at Stony Brook University. A court hearing to determine wh...