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 …

Should Schools Start Later?

As the blaring alarm jars me out of my sleep, I could swear I’d closed my eyes only seconds ago. At 6:30 AM, I’m literally awake before the sun has even risen. Stumbling out of bed, I struggle to perform basic activities in my daily routine as I squint against artificial light. If only I had an hour more to sleep! Schools in …

Medication and Mindfulness: The Psychological Effects of Metastatic Cancer Trials

The concept of a clinical trial is not new to the world of medicine. Patients who meet the specific qualifications for the trial either receive treatment as part of an experimental group or a placebo as part of a control group. For researchers, trials have two outcomes from this point on: the treatment works and passes on to further rounds …

Could You Catch Crazy: How Some Pathogenic Infections Cause Psychosis

When we were seven years old, my best friend Drew started retouching things. The habit began thirteen years ago on an otherwise normal morning. Drew’s mom pulled her tan suburban in front of the school, where other kids jumped out of their parents’ cars eager for another day of first grade. Drew, contrastingly, remained buckled in his seatbelt while he …

Drug Delivery: A Targeted Attack on the Enemies of Life

In pharmacology, a substance used in the treatment of a disease is by definition called a drug [1]. Instead of treating a disease, a drug may in some cases be toxic due to numerous adverse effects. Some of them are side effects that occur when the chemical compound of the drug binds to its intended receptor though at an inappropriate …

Cancer Treatment and Personalized Medicine: Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Basket Studies

On January 30th 2015, President Barack Obama gave the State of the Union Address. He took this opportunity to announce the Precision Medicine Initiative. This revolutionary approach to medical treatment is based on the principle of human individuality – people have different genes, environments, and lifestyles. It only makes sense that people respond to disease differently as well. In order …