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

Lighting Upon Solutions: Optogenetics in Brain Research

Elbert Mets To better understand behavior and cognitive function, neuroscientists have long sought the ability to activate specific neurons within the brain. For much of the field’s history, neuroscience researchers have had limited tools to selectively manipulate neurons in vivo (in a live animal) and conclusively determine their functions. At best, scientists were able to Continue Reading

Minimally Invasive, Maximally Effective

By Dane Rucker Surgery has been an essential treatment tool for as long as medicine has existed. Consequently, as doctors’ understanding of medicine improved, so did their surgical techniques. Now, after thousands of years of innovation, doctors have the capability to relieve pain, repair organs, and improve bodily function in a quick and effective manner. Continue Reading

Sound of Silence: The Effects of Nicotine on Auditory Cells

By Robert Fisch Each year, an estimated 443,000 people die from exposure to either primary or secondhand tobacco smoke. An additional 8.6 million people have serious illnesses as a result of smoking. These illnesses come in the form of lung cancer, chronic pulmonary disease, heart disease, stroke, and various other medical complications.1 However, the side Continue Reading

Could Kidney Denervation End the Hypertension Epidemic?

By Paige VonAchen Ten percent of adults suffer from “resistant” hypertension that is unresponsive to antihypertension drugs for unknown reasons.1 Millions of dollars have been poured into research on the causes of and treatments for hypertension. In studying factors that contribute to high blood pressure, researchers have observed that the sympathetic nervous system (the “fight” Continue Reading

The Fusion of Medicine and Technology: What Can We Envision for the Future of Health Care

By Elizabeth Zborek The past decade has seen a rise in the use of electronic health records (EHR), electronic referrals to specialists, and e-prescriptions to pharmacies. This transition towards a more electronically-focused approach to health care demonstrates the growing influence of health information technology (HIT). HIT encompasses any technological advancement that is employed to collect, Continue Reading

“May I Have Your Attention?” The Misconceptions Among College Students Surrounding Adderall Use

By Elbert Mets “Finally! Schoolwork that matches his intelligence,” reads the tagline
 to an advertisement for Adderall, featuring a young, smiling boy in the back-
ground. Another ad reads, “In the management of ADHD, reveal his potential.
Adderall XR® improves academic performance.” Pharmaceutical companies
and popular media often characterize
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
(ADHD) medications such as Adderall
as wonder drugs Continue Reading

The Drug Discovery Odyssey: A Glimpse into Pharmaceutical and Academic Drug Development

By Kevin Zhao Endorsed by Professor Richard B. Silverman Penicillin. Ibuprofen. Aspirin. These are just a few examples of drugs that have benefited our society. It is incredible how far drug discovery has come; we can manipulate biology and use organic molecules as vehicles to treat and cure various diseases. With these advancements, we can Continue Reading