Category Archives: Health and Medicine

The Unexpected Influence of Camel Herders on Modern Contraception

More females than ever are using intrauterine devices (IUDs) as their primary form of contraception. Among contraceptive users ages 15-44, IUD prevalence jumped from 5.6% in 2002 to 11.8% in 2014.[1] This trend highlights an interesting shift in women’s reproductive health and pays homage to an ancient practice.[2] To understand how IUDs fit into today’s society, we have to first

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The Art of Scientific Research: New Tunable Expression Tools for Bacteroides in the Gut Microbiota

  The image to the left is of the colon of a dead lab mouse, though it wouldn’t look out of place on the walls of a hip art museum. The photo was made possible by a new technology to study bacteria called “tunable expression tools” developed by researchers Weston Whitaker and Liz Stanley in the Sonnenburg Lab at Stanford.

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Your Next Therapist Might be a Robot: Artificial Intelligence Advances in Mental Healthcare

For many, the words “artificial intelligence” evoke a spectrum of ideas–everything from the adorable Wall-e and Eve to the scheming robots in the Matrix. While these science fiction, Hollywood portrayals of artificial intelligence have certainly captured the attention of audiences for years, it’s time to make room for a new side of artificial intelligence…one that saves lives. With the advent

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Colombian Jungle Cows to Syrian Social Media: Researching Leishmaniasis

Dusk has fallen in the jungle outside of Tumaco, Colombia. A team of researchers has traveled via jeeps and canoes to the western side of the country, leaving behind the glimmering lights of the Cali metropolitan area. They load the supplies for their remote three-day expedition and placate perhaps the most important item of their trek, a cow borrowed from

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