DECISIONS, DECISIONS

BY RIYA KANSARA – I should go for a walk today. Better yet, I should go for a run! But, it’s so cold outside… maybe I’ll do it later. Should I still go out when I have four exams tomorrow? Maybe I’ll go for the deep, dark chocolate cheesecake instead of the blueberry muffin. It’s…

TECHNOLOGY AND THE PATIENT-CARE EXPERIENCE

BY RALEIGH DURAN – You walk into the doctor’s office, greeted by a receptionist that hardly takes her eyes off of the screen in front of her, or even worse, you sign in on the iPad screen directed towards you, sit down and wait for your name to be called. Eventually, you follow someone into…

STRESS VS. THE FLU VACCINE

BY OLIVIA WALLON – Flu season is like a groundhog day for America. Campuses and offices are littered with flyers and posters to get vaccinated. News articles claim that this flu season is the worst yet, and the public is repeatedly told the same tips to stay healthy: keep hands clean, get vaccinated, and avoid…

ADDICTION IN YOUR POCKET

BY FAIZ SAULAT – What’s the first thing you check in the morning? What do you carry in your pocket everywhere you go? What do you use for news, music, work, social media, etc? The average time young adults spend on a smartphone each day is 5 hours. Assuming 16 hours are set aside for…

THE SILENT EPIDEMIC: OPIOID ABUSE

BY ERIC SANTANA – In the last decade, there has been a steady increase in the number of deaths related to the misuse of an increasingly common class of drugs known as Opioids. Opioids are drugs that bind to the µ-opioid receptor of the brain    and encompass a variety of substances such as fentanyl, heroin,…

E-CIGARETTES: THE REAL COST FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

BY ANA MEHRANIAN – Mango Tango, Yummy Strawberry, Cotton Candy Swirl,Tooty Frooty and Pink Lemonade. Although these names may sound like appealing candy or drink flavors marketed to children and adolescents, they are just five of hundreds of e-cigarette liquid flavors available for purchase by adults. Most e-cigarettes contain the same basic parts: the atomizer,…

WHY TAKE A VACATION

BY AMMAR SHAH – One of the biggest questions companies have to ask themselves is the amount of vacation time their employees get. After all, a company’s job is to maximize profits, so the more time an employee get off means less work done for the company. That being said, the one thing companies should…