Hacking Health: Cybersecurity in Medical Devices and Healthcare

By Audrey Lee When you hear the term “Internet of things” (IoT), what is the first device that comes to mind? You might picture the smartphone you’ve come to heavily rely on, a fitness tracker that monitors your activity throughout the day, or even a smart home that is energy efficient. But even something asContinue reading “Hacking Health: Cybersecurity in Medical Devices and Healthcare”

A Roundup of Early October National Healthcare News

By Sean Wang Trump to Eliminate Health Care Subsidies On Thursday, October 12, amidst a number of failed attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Trump ordered major changes to the nation’s insurance system. One of these major changes would be to remove crucial health care subsidies for low-income recipients by cutting offContinue reading “A Roundup of Early October National Healthcare News”

Noise: The Unseen Pollution

By: Julia Zeh Edited by: Ashley Koo For students attending school and living in New York City, noise pollution is an all too familiar concept. Lying awake at night as sirens blare and large vehicles rush down Broadway or Amsterdam is a phenomenon most Columbia students are used to. Many studies have shown that thisContinue reading “Noise: The Unseen Pollution”

A Fight Against Doom; The Remarkable Story of The Milwaukee Protocol

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Bryce Harlan Before the evolution of modern medicine, a fight with disease was all too often a sentence of doom. The lack of knowledge concerning antibodies and vaccines left doctors with a weak defense against the majority of illnesses, which understandably led to a longstanding association between sickness and theContinue reading “A Fight Against Doom; The Remarkable Story of The Milwaukee Protocol”

Should Self-Experimentation be Promoted?

By: Yameng Zhang Edited By: Thomas Luh   “To Study the Brain, a Doctor Puts Himself Under the Knife.” Staring at the title, I was shocked, and then touched, but at last shrugged and murmured to myself: “is this a mad scientist in real life?”   This title is from a news article about PhilContinue reading “Should Self-Experimentation be Promoted?”

Where’s My Blocker? – Football Lineman Are At An Elevated Risk for Heart Issues

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Bryce Harlan   American football is currently undergoing a metamorphosis. The rules, from what constitutes a foul to the distance of an extra-point field goal, seem to fluctuate more than in any other major American sport. And over the brief span of a few years, our conception of the footballContinue reading “Where’s My Blocker? – Football Lineman Are At An Elevated Risk for Heart Issues”

Gender: A Biological or Social Construct?

By: Kimberly Shen Edited by: Arianna Winchester On August 22, 1965, Janet Reimer gave birth to two healthy twin boys named Bruce and Brian. However, an accident occurred when the two boys underwent a circumcision operation. Because the equipment burned Bruce’s penis beyond repair, Bruce ultimately had to undergo an operation that removed his penis.Continue reading “Gender: A Biological or Social Construct?”

Antibiotic Resistance Breaking Drug in Development: A future solution or a future folly?

By Ian MacArthur Antibiotic resistance in bacteria poses a major problem to modern public health. Infections that were once routinely treated with antibiotics have become extremely problematic to effectively kill, making even simple surgical operations dangerous from the perspective of contracting a resistant infection. Resistant strains of bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, have sprungContinue reading “Antibiotic Resistance Breaking Drug in Development: A future solution or a future folly?”

Let’s Talk Turkey

By Alexandra DeCandia Popcorn and Caramel breathed easily this Thanksgiving. The two lucky turkeys chosen for the annual Presidential pardon observed the holiday at the White House both feathered and free from the indignities of stuffing. However, as the winner and runner-up of a turkey equivalent to the Hunger Games (as Obama quipped), Popcorn andContinue reading “Let’s Talk Turkey”

U.S. Safe From Tropical Diseases No More: Understanding the recent dengue fever outbreak in Florida

By Alexander Bernstein A great biological benefit of a nation located in a temperate climate, as is the case with the majority of the United States, is that tropical diseases such as typhoid fever and malaria are typically non-issues. Yet, a recent dengue fever outbreak in Florida seems to indicate that perhaps the changing climate,Continue reading “U.S. Safe From Tropical Diseases No More: Understanding the recent dengue fever outbreak in Florida”