Category Archives: Health and Medicine

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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Turning a Natural Phenomenon into a Gene Editing Powerhouse: CRISPR Pioneer, Doudna, at Stanford’s Johnson Symposium

The CRISPR cake Last week, I celebrated my eighteenth birthday. My dorm threw me in the shower, per Stanford tradition, and baked me a cake. The cake was made of Rice Krispies Treats – a direct pun on one of my greatest interests in science: CRISPR. My fascination with CRISPR started when I was a freshman in high school, and

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A Lurking Threat: Modern Tuberculosis in the SF Bay Area

When the world’s spotlight is on Silicon Valley, visions of a tech-laced utopia arise. Self-driving cars are being tested, university researchers are developing hand-held medicine supergadgets, and San Francisco Bay Area residents are discussing the remaining scientific frontiers to cross—right? In the midst of all the progress lies a problem that can be overlooked: Mankind’s ancient malady, tuberculosis, is here

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HIV: Where are we now?

In 1981, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report describing HIV for the first time.  It detailed the account of five young gay men in Los Angeles who had fallen ill to opportunistic infections, which a healthy person can fight off fairly easily.[3]  There was no treatment for this disease that was causing otherwise healthy people to succumb

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Epidemic Proportions?: Interpreting Washington State’s Deadly 2015-16 Flu Season

A disease labeled as “epidemic” spread across Washington state this winter. Patients overwhelmed hospital resources across several counties and a Disaster Medical Control Center was activated after a decade of inactivity. The culprit? Influenza (flu) virus. The influenza virus While many may be familiar with the standard symptoms – such as coughing, fever, and a sore throat – associated with

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Treating Post-ICU Brain Dysfunction with Empathy

  Until recently, there was one goal of care in medical, surgical, cardiovascular, and trauma ICUs: to save the patient’s life. Physicians across the board agree that critical illness requiring a stay in an intensive care unit (ICU) is life-changing. But within the last few decades, healthcare professionals have become more and more aware of the suffering of the many

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