By Iman Iqbal '20
Energy healing is another one of those contemplative practices that many believe is simply unreal. It is, however, a practice that has been around for centuries and is becoming more and more prevalent today.
Energy healing falls under the broad umbrella term, energy medicine. It is a form of therapy that manipulates the energy circuits within and around us in order to help one regain balance and heal from within. It encompasses a wide variety of practices from all over the world including acupuncture, chakra balancing, reiki, crystal healing, and a myriad of other therapeutic modalities.
Sumaiya Sayeed '20
Running out of storage when you’re trying to take a picture may be a thing of the past. The high demands of storage are being mitigated with the very familiar biological component that has stored information for generations: DNA.
by Navya Baranwal '20
On May 6, 2013, Dr. Charles van der Horst was arrested by the North Carolina Capitol Police. As a practicing physician and professor in medicine, he never envisioned himself going behind bars. However, he was even more jarred by the fact that he did not see more physicians around him standing up for the rights of patients.
by Audrey Lee '16 and ScM '17
Have you ever stopped to think about how medications, such as Advil and Tylenol, were developed? Or even how the fruits and vegetables you eat were produced? The answer to these questions (and many, many others) rests in the basic scientific and medical research performed in laboratories across the nation and around the world. It is hard to imagine that some of the greatest advances in medicine were serendipitously discovered at a small laboratory benchtop. However, it is even harder to imagine what the effects of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to basic scientific and medical research.
By Audrey Lee'16 and ScM'17
Both men and women are responsible for pregnancy. After all, it takes two to tango. Then, why is it that the responsibility of contraception often falls on women? The answer to this question is founded in the lack of successful male contraceptive tools currently available.
Elena Renken '19
In 1981, Ed Tannenbaum created the first incarnation of Recollections, a system that captures images of the people moving before its projected screen, isolates their silhouettes, and projects those figures onto the screen in real time. Each projected snapshot comes in a bright color, selected based on the instant that it was recorded by the video camera, creating vivid layers that quickly build up on top of each other — a surreal animation of anyone before the camera.
by Iman Iqbal '20
Often when people hear the word hypnotherapy, they imagine a show on Cartoon Network in which the main character is entranced by a swinging object or a swirling spiral. Although hypnosis is involved in hypnotherapy, and the patient is put into a trance of some sort, hypnotherapy is definitely not what is often portrayed in the media. And, it is certainly not magic.
By Olivia Woodford-Berry, '19
Despite impressive advances in medical technology over the last century, there is little hope for those diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). DMD, which is a form of the broader muscle-wasting disease muscular dystrophy, is a genetic condition that primarily affects boys and causes the atrophy of muscle, primarily in the chest and legs. This eventually leads to detrimental muscle loss and death . Like many relatively rare genetic diseases, there has been very little
by Kaitlyn Lew '20
Are you frantically staying up late for that all-important CS project, Orgo midterm, or English paper? You may not be the only student on campus pulling an all-nighter. However, humans are actually the only animals that willingly prolong sleep, which can have detrimental long-lasting effects . Teenagers need about 8-10 hours of sleep every night, but many know that this is unrealistic for a typical college student. According to a recent national poll, 87 percent of U.S. high school and college students get far fewer hours than the recommended eight to ten hours of sleep each night . This self-imposed sleep deprivation causes an increase in appetite due to lower levels of leptin, an appetite-regulating hormone. Additionally, lack of sleep can affect one’s mood, attention, alertness, and memory consolidation. So how can we mitigate such sleep deprivation effects?
by Audrey Lee '16 and ScM'17
Each cell in the body contains two sets of DNA: nuclear DNA and mitochondrial DNA. DNA encodes essential information for cellular processes and overall survival, but can also be a powerful source of disease when mutated in certain ways. The set of DNA that comes from the nucleus serves as the information processing and administrative center of the cell.
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