Category Biomedical Research and Innovation

Exploring the Neurobiology of Anorexia Nervosa

Tara Chowdhury, Contributing Writer Thin is beautiful. This mantra has been blamed for the prevalence of anorexia nervosa (AN) among teenaged girls in the western world. Far from beautiful, the symptoms of the disease include body image distortion, over-exercise, irrational fear of weight gain, and trouble enjoying the taste of food. Since the mechanisms of […]

Developing a New Chemotherapeutic Strategy for RAS-Induced Cancer

Seth Nickerson, Staff Writer Life and cancer are two sides of the same coin, separated by the balance between growth and death of an organism’s cells. This equilibrium is maintained by genetic instructions encoded in the DNA of the genome. During a lifespan, one’s DNA is continually modified and mutated in ways that make us […]

New York Genome Center: Pioneering Multi-Institutional Research in the NYC Community

Marissa Schafer, Editor If live you in the New York area and your ears perk up in conversations about biomedical innovation, you may have heard the recent buzz about a new genomics consortium in our backyard.  It’s called the New York Genome Center, and although it is, technically, a center—30,000 square feet of space in […]

A Breakthrough in Understanding and Diagnosing Congenital Heart Disease

Seth Nickerson, Staff Writer One in a thousand people are born at risk of sudden death due to an inherited genetic disorder that weakens the muscle cells of the heart, causing lasting damage that is virtually irreparable. Following years of symptom-free disease progression, a single episode of strenuous activity is all it takes to induce […]

Limits of Cellular Regeneration Underpin Lifespan

Seth Nickerson, Staff Writer The human body contains trillions of individual cells, each representing the most basic unit of life, and comprising hundreds of unique cell-types. Our cells perform thousands of distinct functions, such as fighting infection, secreting insulin, or sensing the environment. Together, they form productive ensembles of various cell types that constitute the […]

Maternal Health, Birth Models, & Midwifery: A Proposed Solution

Mary Kern College of Nursing 2015 Context What exactly is the plight facing mothers in the developing world? According to the World Health Organization’s fact sheet on maternal health (2010), approximately 800 women die each day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Additionally, maternal mortality is highly associated with living in rural areas […]

Can Bacteria Make You Fat?

Jorge Zárate, Co-Editor-in-Chief We’ve all heard by now about the epidemic spread of obesity in the United States and the world. While only twenty states in the US had obesity prevalence rates of 15% in 1989, not a single state remains with such low rates today – in fact, at least 20 states have rates […]