Global Disparities in Treating Multimorbidities

In the twenty-first century, access to high-quality medical treatment depends on the socioeconomic status of a country. The higher the developmental status, the greater quality of medical treatment a citizen may expect to receive. This relationship can be used to analyze how multimorbidity treatment varies across the globe. Multimorbidities are defined as the coexistence of two or more chronic health conditions in an individual…

Visionary Technologies: Artificial Intelligence in Lung Cancer Imaging and Diagnosis

Lung cancer is a scourge of the United States (US) population, causing at least 131,880 yearly deaths and accounting for almost 25% of all cancer mortality (American Cancer Society, 2021). While these statistics are daunting, promise exists in the form of artificial intelligence (AI), which refers to a computer algorithm performing tasks commonly associated with a human level of expertise (West, 2018). AI utilization continues to rise in medical imaging and diagnostics…

The Black Maternal Health Crisis

The violence in healthcare suffered by Black women is only paralleled by the state-imposed violence suffered by Black men at the hands of the police. The centuries-long dehumanization of Black individuals has worked its way into multiple systems, including the healthcare industry. A longitudinal case study conducted by Roosa Tikkanen, M.P.H (2020) found that the United States is the leading country among ten other industrialized nations in maternal mortality rates, where approximately 17.4 women die per 100,000 births…

Small Molecules that Make a Big Difference: Medical Applications of Nanoparticle Engineering

The study of cellular biology has widespread applications and implications in the medical world, and one area garnering increasing attention in modern research is that of nanoparticles. Nanoparticles, or small molecules of 1-100 nanometers in size, can range from naturally occurring biological molecules to lab-engineered proteins. Though these nanoparticles are not naturally synthesized by the human body, the overlap between proteomics and artificial intelligence is a rapidly developing field that promises applications in biochemistry, medicine, archeology, forensics, and more…

Archaeology: The Medium Between the Living and the Dead

Archaeology is often touted as one of the most interdisciplinary subjects. Due to the fragmented and disparate nature of excavated physical evidence, archaeologists must combine different approaches to fit the jigsaw pieces together (Smith, 2019). A prime example of their ingenuity is their incorporation of concepts in medicine into artifact analysis. Although medicine and archaeology are ostensibly dichotomous…

The Effects of Solitary Confinement on the Neurological Processes of Inmates

Over 80,000 individuals in the United States are currently serving time in solitary confinement (American Friends Service Committee, 2021). For years, these inmates’ homes have been cramped 8×10 feet cells with nothing but a bed, a toilet, and a sink. (UC Irvine School of Social Ecology, 2017). Solitary confinement is generally used as a correctional measure for offenses such as breaking prison rules, disrespecting correctional officers, or involvement in gangs…