Digital Online Privacy?

Americans have long held individual privacy, as stipulated in the Bill of Rights, as sacrosanct. In recent years, however, the cyber revolution has brought many uncertainties to citizens’ rights and issues regarding privacy. Specifically, on December 2, 2015, two extremists, Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, shot and killed 14 individuals and wounded 22 more in San Bernardino, California. Months later, in …

Humane Technology in Science Education

For decades, live dissections have been the cornerstone of anatomy lessons in high school biology classes. According to the American Anti-Vivisection Society (2012), frogs, rats, cats and fetal pigs were often the staple of scientific experiments for students. In 1959, two PhD scientists published The Principles of Humane Experimental Technique, in which they called for the reduction, refinement, and replacement …

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a Match: How DNA Testing Changed Orthodox Jewish Matchmaking

Orthodox Jewish communities, shrouded in mystery and preserved by tradition, remain a small but easily recognized fixture in America’s Jewish population. According to a 2013 Pew Research Center Survey of US Jews, Orthodox Jews make up roughly 10% of the adult Jewish population in the United States [1]. Within the Jewish community, the Orthodox are identified by their strict adherence to …

Cheapstat: The Personal Potentiostat of the Future

Most often used in electrochemical research, the potentiostat is a circuit that controls the voltage between a working electrode and a reference electrode contained in an electrochemical cell. The working electrode acts as a surface for the electrochemical reaction to occur, while the reference electrode is used to measure the potential of the working electrode [1]. By controlling the voltage …

The Implications of Population Health Management

It has long been recognized that a small percentage of patients with complex needs tend to use a disproportionately high percentage of health care resources. These individuals are referred to by a variety of terms including “super-utilizers”, “high-risk patients” and “beneficiaries with complex needs.” These patients tend to over use acute care services and often have a combination of physical …

Taking, Making, and Faking Drugs: The Danger and Prevalence of Counterfeit Medications

Prescription medications, now more than ever, have become constants in many Americans’ healthcare regimens. In 2010, the US Department of Health and Human Services estimated that over 50% of Americans have taken at least one prescription medication within the past 30 days [1]. By 2015, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse stated that the number had climbed closer to …