Sticks and Stones: No Physical Injuries, No Problem?

After several tragedies in the past few years, bullying has gone from being considered a “soft” form of abuse to a high-profile issue in our society.  With new research into the neurological and psychological effects of peer harassment and victimization, scientists strongly believe that the resulting emotional and stressful impacts on a teen’s brain could cause unforeseen short- and long-term …

Is Big Data the Next Big Step for Health Care?

As the force that is “Big Data” revolutionizes everything from government to grocery stores, it presents huge potential for the healthcare sector to study the massive amount of healthcare data that grows each day. Many industries have already taken advantage of the power of big data, such as research, politics, and the private sector, and as private and public initiatives …

Leprosy and the Modern Plague

“Fear is a contagious disease, spreading from its first victim to others in the vicinity until it is powerful enough to take charge of a group, in which event it becomes panic.” – Ernest Gann The urban streets of Madurai, a temple city in central Tamil Nadu, India, are overflowing: auto-rickshaws, stands overladen with mangoes and pomegranates, businessmen burdened with briefcases …

Death by Broken Heart Syndrome

There’s a 30-year old woman, Erica. Erica is a NYC stockbroker with a caring fiancé and everything a woman could dream of. She exercises at least five times a week and has a mostly healthy diet. However, she is always anxious about her work and has recently been very agitated about her upcoming wedding because she wants it to be perfect. …

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Robbing Peter to Pay Paul: The Evolutionary Trade-Offs of Hemochromatosis

Given Darwinian principles of natural selection, it might seem unusual that genes coding for hemochromatosis persist in humans. Hemochromatosis is a disease that causes excess iron to accumulate in cells, tissues, and bloodstream. Untreated, hemochromatosis leads to premature death. It is unlikely that a gene with such detrimental effects would exist without some benefit for humans; therefore, there must be …

The Body Project: A Prevention Program for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are particularly difficult to treat because they are associated with a low level of help-seeking, commonly exist among the general population in sub-threshold levels, and respond to even the most efficacious of treatments less than half of the time [1]. Given the pervasive nature of these disorders in combination with the physical and psychological toll they pose, early …