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.
Image by Alex Pearlman
by Navya Baranwal '20
by Liz Cory, '18
“There’s a new kid in our class named Bob Schenowski,” my older sister Kenyon told my parents when she was in fifth grade. “He just flew all the way from Texas to New York.”
Bob was an all-around cool guy, and he became one of Kenyon’s good friends. When my sister went to awkward school dances, soccer games, and orchestra recitals, my mom often asked about Bob.
Oh, was Bob also at the dance tonight? He was.
How’s your friend Bob doing these days? He’s doing great.
My sister and Bob were close the whole year—that is until elementary school graduation came around. As my mom perused the graduation brochure, she couldn’t seem to find Bob’s name anywhere. When my mom asked Kenyon why Bob’s name wasn’t on the list, she giggled and replied, “Oh come on, Mom, that was all made up.”
By Michelle Muzzio, Chemistry PhD Student
by Stella Canessa
“From that equal creation [all men] derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Every five-year-old studies this well known phrase of the American Declaration of Independence that has long guided people from all over the world to America, the land of hope. A stark contrast to that is its healthcare system. The American government, as one of the only countries in the Western world, doesn’t guarantee its citizen public healthcare. This article is a part of a series, comparing two extreme cases: the U.S. and Germany, and how their different healthcare policies influence social wellbeing.
by Joshua Pirl '19
The immune system is typically thought of as a military-style force, defending our body in a never-ending battle. Its opponent? Sneaky microbes that evolve nasty ways of evading detection and setting up shop within us. So, when it was discovered that between the cells lining our guts and the trillions of microbial cells that inhabit them lies a largely uninhabited layer of mucus, war emerged as the dominant scientific metaphor. It was deemed the ‘neutral zone’, the ‘front line of battle’, or the ‘demilitarized zone.’ Bacterial toxins, antibodies, and anti-microbial peptides suddenly became ‘short-range missiles’ shot at the other side to keep them at bay, and cells that ventured out into the mucosa were ‘gathering intel’ on the enemy, cold war-style.
by Olivia Woodford-Berry '19
Though the term is greatly ambiguous in today’s charged political culture, the growth of the “healthcare crisis” is at the forefront of both American and international politics. Antibiotics, although incredibly valuable, have consistently held a key niche in this discussion. Through overuse, these have begun to become less effective . According to studies published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and Internal Medicine Journal, 20-50% of all antibiotics prescribed in the United States are unnecessary . On a global scale, the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has led to severe repercussions for public health and economic stability within the healthcare system.