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Here’s Why STDs Are On the Rise

The past few years have been record-breaking in terms of the sheer number of STIs present in the country, particularly among adolescents and young adults. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 15 to 19 year old sexually active females have an STD. Additionally, 15 to 24 year olds account for half of the 20 million new STIs occurring each year, 65% of the 98% rise of chlamydia between 2000 and 2016,

Medicine

Who and Why They Won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine

The Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine 2018 was awarded on Monday, Oct. 1, to James P. Allison of the United States and Tasuku Honjo of Japan for their work on activating the body’s natural immune system to attack cancer. The result of years of research caused a revolution in the field of medicine. It opened new paths for the treatment of patients who had lost hope. Their success, which came after many researchers had given up

Real Life

Doctor or Foe: The Constant Failures of the Medical World

Good Evening. My name is Matthew Derrick-Huie, I'm 23 years old my birthday is September 29th 1994 and I live in Mississauga, ON Can. I'm speaking my Mom will be typing these messages. I'm sick and I need immediate help. The following thread is my story. — John River (@LetsSaveMatthew) January 19, 2018 On the evening of Jan. 18, the parents of Twitter user @LetsSaveMatthew began to tell his very detailed story of his saga to

Real Life

Do “Healing Crystals” Really Work? Science Says No

Healing crystals seem to be everywhere nowadays — celebrities Kim Kardashian and Cara Delevigne have been seen crystal shopping, and crystal shops are thriving in areas like Los Angeles. Proponents claim that different crystals can boost your energy, relieve stress, and even repel “negative energy and pollutants”.  Modern crystal “healing” borrows from a myriad of cultural traditions including the Chinese chi or qi, a “life-energy”, and the Hindu or Buddhist concept of chakras. These crystals

Politics

Stoned Chinese Emperors and Gatsby Era Reefer Songs: The Blunt Truth About Marijuana

Marijuana has been at the forefront of many political debates recently. With the amount of attention and controversy surrounding it lately, it seems like the substance and use of the substance is newfangled. In reality, marijuana has been an important factor in the health and psychedelic transports for millennia. The first recorded use of reefer dates all the way back to 2737 BCE when Chinese emperor Sheng Nung wrote about its uses to treat malaria,

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Medicine

PMDD: The PMS Nobody Talks About

Most menstruators go through some form of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) in the two weeks leading up to their period, most commonly those in late adolescent years or in their forties. PMS usually involves things like bloating, mood swings, headaches and cramps. PMS is believed to be the combined result of an exaggerated response to hormonal changes, nutritional deficiencies of essential vitamins and minerals and a decrease in serotonin levels. There has also been a small link between

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Medicine

4 Reasons You Might Not Be Diagnosed Yet

Self diagnosis is a difficult topic. With the increasing research into, and discovery of, various illnesses, it’s completely predictable that there would be more diagnoses. But what this doesn’t address is the difficulty in finding a diagnosis. And this goes for all types of illness – though you mostly hear this about mental illnesses (as they can sometimes take years to diagnose) – the rarer illnesses or more complex illnesses can take months or even years worth of doctors appointments

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Real Life

No, Science Isn’t Unaffected By Society

It’s a popularly held belief that science is pure, logical, and uninfluenced by society. Arguments and misunderstandings on the internet often start with accusations of being unscientific. This has become increasingly relevant after the circulation of fake scientific “proof” that chromosomes are equated to sex/gender from a video by Bill Nye. Alt-Right transphobes circulated an image of Bill Nye allegedly saying “Gender is decided by your chromosomes”. It has been proven that this is NOT what he

Medicine

A Heart Made Of Spinach

“Well blow me down!” It seems like Popeye might have been on to something! It was no secret that the sailor man himself ate spinach to make himself strong, but a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), the University of Wisoncon-Madison, and Arkansas State University-Jonesboro have recently developed a study that shows that spinach leaves could be the answer to creating heart tissues. Although plants and animals have very different means of transporting water, their

Medicine

World’s First Human Head Transplant Set to Take Place In December 2017

Science is a great thing. It’s all around us and a lot of significant changes in the structure and development of our world can be attributed to it. It’s also constantly evolving. We always seem to be coming across new life-saving scientific findings-be it new medications or new treatments or anything in between. Such advancements are set to be put to trial in the medical community at the end of this year. In 2013, Italian

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