Month: October 2015

Counting Calories, To the Extreme: The Efficacy of Caloric Restriction

Written By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Bryce Harlan Paleodiet, Atkins diet, vegan diet, raw food diet – new and interesting food management plans such as these constantly pervade the realm of fitness culture. Weight Watchers International, for example, has capitalized on this obsession by providing specific combinations of food in exchange for money. Some of

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Nobel Prize Winners Herald Natural-Based Medicines

Written By: Jack Zhong Edited By: Josephine McGowan On October 6, 2015, the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology was awarded to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura for “their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites.” Youyou Tu also shared this prize for “her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria.”

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Herbal Medicine

By: Yameng Zhang Edited By: Thomas Luh What is herbal medicine? According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Herbal medicine—also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine—refers to using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 was awarded to a further application of herbal

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The Case of the Cyclops Child: A Moral Quandary

By: Kimberly Shen Edited by: Arianna Winchester “Over the years that followed, I found myself thinking from time to time of that picture, my hand over the baby’s mouth. I knew then, and I still think now, that the right thing to do would have been to kill that baby.” These were the words that

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Ancient Medicine and the Fight Against Malaria

By: Tiago Palmisano. Edited by: Bryce Harlan Malaria is one of the most well known parasitic diseases in the modern world. Much of its fame (or infamy, to be precise) is driven by the incredible access to medical knowledge that comes with the age of smartphones. World Malaria Day was established in 2007, and the

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Mind-Uploading: Are You Still You?

Written by: Dimitri Leggas Edited by: Hsin-Pei Toh A few years ago, 23-year-old Kim Suozzi died of cancer. She and her boyfriend Josh Schisler had decided to have her brain cryogenically frozen in hopes of preserving the synaptic intricacies that helped to make up who she was. Suozzi and Schisler hoped that one day, some

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Wolves, Sharks, and the Landscape of Fear

Written by: Julia Zeh Edited by: Ashley Koo Along the grassy ocean floors and the valleys of Yellowstone National Park there exists a landscape of fear. Although this phrase conjures up the image of a horror movie, the landscape of fear is really an ecological phenomenon involving fear’s relationship to natural predator-prey relationships. This important

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