Texas’ Controversial Abortion Ban

Written by Anushka Angle & Dipika Pujara For centuries, women have been struggling to fend for their rights regarding voting, jobs, social responsibilities and natural processes such as pregnancy. Up until 1973, the termination of an unwanted pregnancy — except to save the woman’s life — was illegal, but due to the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade, women gained the right to have an … Continue reading Texas’ Controversial Abortion Ban

The Black Opioid Epidemic: The irreparable impact of a single pharmaceutical company on the black community 

By Mohamed Diagne  By the year 2000, pharmaceutical companies had convinced medical professionals across the United States that opioid analgesics  – a highly potent painkiller that successfully marketed  itself as a therapeutic drug in the  late 1990s – would not deleteriously affect the mental stability of patients, nor make them overly dependent on the relief it provided (Meier). After years of tense debate on whether … Continue reading The Black Opioid Epidemic: The irreparable impact of a single pharmaceutical company on the black community 

Nationalism as a Threat to Public Health: How the United States Government has Manipulated the COVID-19 Pandemic to Further Inhumane Treatment of Migrants

Written by Cameryn Peknik With the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus across the United States, there was little shock when the US government announced that airports would be closed, and travel bans would soon take effect. But this was not true for everyone. Between March and June of 2020, the Trump administration oversaw over 200 flights carrying migrants from the US to other countries … Continue reading Nationalism as a Threat to Public Health: How the United States Government has Manipulated the COVID-19 Pandemic to Further Inhumane Treatment of Migrants

The Possibility of an HIV Vaccine and How it Could Bring Justice to Queer Communities

Written by Cecilia Rogers  This year, on the list of clinical trials for the United States National Institute of Health (NIH) is Moderna’s trial for an experimental HIV vaccine. The novel vaccine, like their COVID-19 vaccine, is an mRNA vaccine. This new technology could help stimulate an immune response in order to battle HIV/AIDS. Theoretically, this vaccine will function to promote a cell’s production of … Continue reading The Possibility of an HIV Vaccine and How it Could Bring Justice to Queer Communities

An Epidemic and a Pandemic Collide: How COVID-19 has impacted the ongoing opioid epidemic

Written by Sarah Roberts, Emily Leventhal, Dipika Pujara, & Sai Reddy The Coronavirus pandemic exacerbated a number of pre-existing healthcare crises within the United States, namely the opioid epidemic which has ravaged the country for over two decades. Few places in America have been hit by the opioid epidemic as hard as the state of Ohio—so-called “ground-zero” for this crisis. On top of troubling trends … Continue reading An Epidemic and a Pandemic Collide: How COVID-19 has impacted the ongoing opioid epidemic

Not All Men, But All Women: The Effect of Violence On Women’s Health Over the Course of Her Life

Written by Maddie Dietl and Catherine Xu In the past month of March, Sarah Everard has become one of the most prominent names from the UK. After being last seen on March 3rd, 2021 walking back to her home in Brixton Hills, London, Everard was reported missing by her boyfriend, who contacted the police after she did not meet him. Then, on March 10th, 2021, … Continue reading Not All Men, But All Women: The Effect of Violence On Women’s Health Over the Course of Her Life

Role of Structural Vulnerability and the Existing Hierarchies During the Pandemic

Written by Cecilia Rogers One year ago, the United States began to implement lockdown measurements to prevent the spread of COVID-19. During this past year, everyone across the United States has experienced the hardships of living through this global pandemic; however, certain populations have been disproportionately affected by this disease. But, what has led to the rise of these vulnerable populations? High risk populations are … Continue reading Role of Structural Vulnerability and the Existing Hierarchies During the Pandemic

The Philippines’ Vaccine Crisis

Written by Catherine Xu, Dipika Pujara, and Jhanvi Desai On February 8th 2021, the Malacanang spokesman announced that the Covid-19 vaccination plan would kickstart on February 15th, 2021. This announcement should be good news, considering that the Philippines has recently surpassed 500,000 cases, ranking second in southeast Asia for the worst response to the pandemic. Preceding this announcement, the government had only given the range … Continue reading The Philippines’ Vaccine Crisis

Mask On: Life-saving Local Decision Making in Austin

Written by Ananya Kodali, Dipika Pujara, Priya Mahableshwarkar On March 3, 2021, Texas’ mask mandate, which had been in place for eight months, was repealed by Governor Greg Abbott. This means that there is no longer a government incentive in place for businesses in Texas to require face coverings on their premises. In the 20 days that followed, Abbott’s decision elicited a mixed reaction from … Continue reading Mask On: Life-saving Local Decision Making in Austin

How Racism is Killing America’s Unborn

Written by Segen Ghebrendrias and Zainab Faisal Racism is often perceived as a force that can reach individuals as soon as their lives begin. The pervasive nature of racism disproportionately favors some communities, preventing them from experiencing life to its fullest. Racial inequalities have been at the forefront in analyzing healthcare disparities plaguing America’s healthcare system. But why do we often ignore the effects of … Continue reading How Racism is Killing America’s Unborn