Concussions: Impacts Beyond the Initial Blow

By Gina Johnson, Northwestern University ’20 Concussion–“an injury to the brain that is caused by something hitting the head very hard.” Though Merriam-Webster defines a concussion in simplistic terms, the consequences of such an injury can be much more severe than the description suggests. Typical symptoms include, but are not limited to, headache, dizziness, nausea, Continue Reading

Medicine in the Performing Arts

By Christina Liu, Northwestern University ’19 Performing Arts Medicine is a relatively new and developing field of medicine that caters to the needs of performing artists, addressing the variety of medical conditions that result from their profession. These include chronic injuries as well as psychological ones such as performance anxiety and high stress levels.¹ It Continue Reading

Caring for the Healers

By Michael Rallo, Rutgers University ’17 Exposure to trauma is an integral part of the human experience. Through the years, such reactions to traumatic events have been termed “soldiers’ nostalgia,” “irritable heart,” “shell shock,” “battle fatigue,” “post-Vietnam syndrome,” and “gross stress reaction.” Many different names for symptoms – sleep disturbances, flashbacks, anxiety, and fear – Continue Reading

Speak and Be Heard: Language in Medicine

By Nathan Shlobin, Northwestern University ’20 Eight percent of the United States population exhibits limited English proficiency. In the past thirteen years, the number of Americans with limited understanding of English has increased substantially, from almost 14 million to 25.1 million, primarily reflecting an increase in immigration.1 In medicine, where every detail is critical, this Continue Reading

Coffee: Energy Drink, Miracle Drug?

By Eugenie Bang, Northwestern University ’20 If America runs on Dunkin’, it is probably because of the college students buying coffee to survive their morning lectures from either an insane night of studying or partying- or in extreme cases, both. The National Coffee Association’s National Coffee Drinking Trends 2011 survey reveals that forty percent of the Continue Reading

A Day in the Life of: An Occupational Therapy Student

By Nadia Yala, Western Michigan University ‘15 An Occupational Therapist (OT) is a healthcare professional who uses a holistic approach to help people facing cognitive, physical, or emotional challenges participate in daily activities. Interventions involve assisting children with disabilities participate fully in school and social situations, helping individuals recovering from injury regain skills, and providing support Continue Reading