Creating Scientific Interest Through Video Games

Posted by  | A Day in the Life

Graduate school is a lot of work. While the type of work varied throughout my first three years here, expectations remained high. These expectations are what drives us to do great research and hopefully make significant changes in the lives of patients who need new treatments. But the stressful atmosphere can be overwhelming. Like many(...)

More

The Illness Narratives of Kendrick Lamar

Posted by  | A Day in the Life

For me, it was Bob Dylan. I was a high school junior, and my sights were set, quite limitedly, on romance, sports and the fretboard of my brother’s hand-me-down guitar. But when I heard “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding),” among other early Dylan songs, I gained a binocular vision. My adolescent struggle to manifest(...)

More

BRCA Testing: The Hidden Cost of Knowledge

Posted by  | Perspectives in Research

In late March 2015, Angelina Jolie penned a new op-ed, “Diary of a Surgery,” in which she detailed her continued struggles with hereditary cancer risks. After having a preventive mastectomy in 2013, she recently shared her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, in an effort to prevent a cancer that killed three(...)

More

Is Convenience Harming Our Children?

Posted by  | A Day in the Life

I recently took care of a young infant who was found to have eaten a single-use detergent sac, otherwise known as a laundry pod. The child’s mom called 911 because of vomiting, but by the time the paramedics brought the patient to the emergency department, he was barely conscious, breathing hard and fast, intermittently gasping(...)

More

It Is Our Showtime

Posted by  | Events and Happenings

On March 1, a new year ball was held in Washington, D.C., at the Westin. The event was sponsored by the local chapters of the Fudan Alumni Foundation, the University of Science and Technology of China Alumni Association, the Shanghai Jiaotong University Alumni Association and the Zhejiang University Alumni Association. Attendees were dressed formally. Gentlemen(...)

More

Johns Hopkins Scientists Discover a Novel Mechanism for β-Lactam Antibiotic Synthesis

Posted by  | Recently Published

Some oft-prescribed antibiotics, including penicillin and cephalosporin, share a common motif in their chemical structure: a small group of atoms arranged in a ring, called a β-lactam. These β-lactam antibiotics utilize this unusual structure to disrupt the cell wall synthesis in bacteria, greatly inhibiting their ability to spread throughout the body. Unfortunately, how these ring(...)

More

Can Tasty Food Reduce Stress?

Posted by  | Perspectives in Research

According to the World Health Organization, more than 1 billion adults in the world are overweight, making them candidates for chronic disease and disability. Many of these people have one thing in common: They unconsciously start eating sweet and high-calorie foods to deal with stress and anxiety. And though later detriments to health may ultimately(...)

More