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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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WEED 101: Recreational Marijuana, the Human Body, and Recreational Legalization

STANFORD, CA—As we stood in front of the mirror brushing our teeth a few weeks ago, my friends agreed that smoking cigarettes is bad. The Center for Disease Control, the American Lung Association, and anyone with an internet connection and a brain tend to agree on this one.[1] The irrefutable toxicity, the nefarious campaigns of the tobacco industry, the outlandish

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The Science of Symphony

How music can restore dementia patients’ rhythm of life Cover photo presents members of The 5th Dementia; back row from left to right: Gene Sterling, Sam Mayo, Spencer Lemann, Walker Landgraf, Jacob Ehrlich; sitting: Carol and Irwin Rosenstein The experience of playing music is commonly equated to a “fully body workout for the brain,” engaging multiple areas of the brain

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Cough Up Some Cash: Drug Pricing and Development

In August 2015, Turing Pharmaceuticals purchased the rights to an HIV drug that has existed for more than 60 years, and raised its price from $13.50 a pill to $750.00 a pill.[1]  The drug primarily treats toxoplasmosis, a disease that affects AIDS patients, pregnant women and other immunocompromised individuals.[1] Now, with annual treatment costing up to hundreds of thousands of dollars- many

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