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Down with Pharmaceutical Costs

Hepatitis C officially has a cure: Sovaldi. It is a powerful drug capable of healing the 150-200 million hepatitis C sufferers around the world. This pharmaceutical discovery entered the market in 2014 and was listed on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. Though Sovaldi has the power to[Read More…]

by September 7, 2015 0 comments Chatter, Opinion, Opinion - Top
Antibac Needs to Go

Antibac Needs to Go

It’s an undeniable truth that antibacterial is in vogue. Supermarket aisles champion the word, while most common products proudly tout this label. Even though the “kills 99.9 percent of germs” motto is beneficial to sales, this line is absolutely terrifying. But, wait, shouldn’t we be getting rid of the germs?[Read More…]

by August 15, 2015 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
Beware of the Salad

Beware of the Salad

Eating healthy can be one of the biggest social exclusions. When you are determined to eat well but have friends who scarf down pizza by the minute, it’s hard to finish a bowl of greens in front of them. Lucky for us, Georgetown’s culture is slightly anomalous — we love[Read More…]

by July 29, 2015 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
Organic Pro-tips

Organic Pro-tips

I never really understood the organic craze as a teenager. Around the mid-2000s, the label “organic” suddenly emerged and spread with vigorous intensity, surpassing the r-naught value of measles. Restaurants, cafes and supermarkets fell in love with the term, pasting it seemingly indiscriminately on any product in sight — fruits,[Read More…]

by July 16, 2015 1 comment Opinion, Opinion - Top
Your Diet, Your Microbiome

Your Diet, Your Microbiome

This summer, my family veered on the adventurous side and planted one baby hibiscus tree in the yard. This may not sound particularly daring, but given our decades-long stance on refusing to grow anything remotely green or photosynthesizing in nature, our decision bordered on defiance and radicalism. As we tended[Read More…]

by July 1, 2015 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
The Beneficial Bacteria

The Beneficial Bacteria

When was the last time that you encountered microorganisms? Perhaps in a high school biology class, a doctor’s office or a dorm shower? Take a deep breath, expand your lungs with fresh air and slowly exhale to truly consider the scale of this question. Believe it or not, you incorporated[Read More…]

by June 17, 2015 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
A New Frontier: The Human Microbiome

A New Frontier: The Human Microbiome

In third grade, the word ‘fart’ was completely off-limits. A mere utterance of the forbidden term would incite thunderous laughter, incapacitating the class with a serious case of the giggles. Because of the entire hubbub around this natural body process, I distinctly remember one revolutionary third grade lesson. When our[Read More…]

by June 3, 2015 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top
DESHPANDE: Dangers of Living Germ-Free

DESHPANDE: Dangers of Living Germ-Free

Although medical therapeutics can save you from the clutches of Hepatitis C, polio and tetanus, they have one glaring failure that dims their vast and storied accomplishments: ultimately, no medicine in the world will save you from your own immune system. My best friend is allergic to gluten, my cousin[Read More…]

by April 16, 2015 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top

DESHPANDE: Quantifying Risk in Modern Medicine

When your high-pitched, eardrum-grating alarm snatches you from a deep slumber, you have several options. You could shut off the incessant beeping, continue resting and miss class; hit snooze, temporarily delay facing the world and arrive late to class; or hop out of bed, bleary-eyed but invigorated for the day[Read More…]

by March 27, 2015 0 comments Opinion, Opinion - Top

DESHPANDE: DNA: An Invaluable Resource

It is quite alarming to realize that all humans originated in Africa around 60,000 years ago. In a world where humans are often segregated according to continent and country, it is difficult to conceptualize such commonality of origin. The reason we are scattered across various regions can be traced back[Read More…]

by March 6, 2015 1 comment Opinion, Opinion - Top