Editor’s Pick: Links

Jorge Zárate, Co-Editor-in-Chief

A cool infographic sorts the global cost of early mortality by cause of death. The data comes from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/11/infoporn-causes-of-death/?viewall=true

A team of Japanese scientists makes an important breakthrough in stem cell research in a mouse model using a solution no more acidic than lemon juice:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/01/29/268171016/a-little-acid-turns-mouse-blood-into-brain-heart-and-stem-cells

Epidemiologists from the Colorado School of Public Health discover that living in areas with high density of oil wells doubles the incidence of congenital heart defects and neural tube defects. It is still unclear, however, how much air pollution pregnant women were actually exposed to.

http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2014/jan/natural-gas-wells-and-birth-defects

David Brook’s opinion piece for the NYTimes focuses on “The Inequality Problem”, pointing out the social roots of the issue – “Raising the minimum wage is popular politics; it is not effective policy.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/17/opinion/brooks-the-inequality-problem.html&_r=1

New Scientist takes a look at the microbiota of astronauts. The effect of spaceflight on the microbes in the gut is unknown still, but the loss of certain key bacteria could leave astronauts susceptible to infection:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129522.800-astronaut-gut-reaction-themicrobiome-in-space.html

Beyoncé’s performance at the Grammys caused some controversy. Do the lyrics alluding to the abuse Tina Turner suffered condone domestic violence?

http://entertainment.time.com/2014/01/30/drunk-in-love-controversy/

Last but not least, the amazing story of a neurosurgeon’s commitment to his patients:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/31/269380564/brain-surgeon-walks-six-miles-through-storm-to-save-patient

 

Jorge Zárate is a Senior at NYU Abu Dhabi studying Biology and Political Science. Contact him at jorgezarate@nyu.edu.

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