Author: Virginia Nowakowski

Virginia is a junior studying Journalism and Global Health. She is from Rochester, Minnesota, home of Mayo Clinic and the growing Destination Medical Center, which first interested her in health issues. After an amazing semester studying health in Paris, she is looking forward to future opportunities for combining journalism and health.

GlobeMed Panel Discusses Health Challenges of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

GlobeMed at Northwestern hosted a panel Monday to discuss the continuing Syrian crisis and its impacts on the health of Syrian refugees as part of its aims to learn about health and social justice issues locally and internationally. The student group invited Sufyan Sohel from the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Dr. Mufaddal Hamadeh of

Can human milk deactivate Zika virus?

On February 1, 2016 the WHO officially declared the Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern after microcephaly and other neurological disorders became associated with the latest outbreak of the virus. Fifty-three countries have reported an outbreak since 2015, and the CDC reports that there have been 4973 total cases in the United

Global Health and Climate Change Agenda in Jeopardy

Less than a week following the inauguration of America’s 45th president, news outlets began pumping out stories about the chief executive’s silencing of two major governmental groups. The administration banned employees in the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture from publishing any social media posts, including tweets, or press releases about their

Ebola in Kailahun

On August 8, 2014, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Reports of the rapidly spreading Ebola virus in western Africa convinced WHO’s Emergency Committee to alert the international community of impending danger. However, according to Krista Johnson, an assistant professor at Howard University Graduate School, Ebola’s warning signs were

Sex and Health

Sex Week is kicking off at Northwestern. Events range from free handouts of candy and condoms at The Rock to presentations about marriage, burlesque or the BDSM movement. Promotion of sex-positive and sex-related topics without a shred of shyness seems completely regular for a college campus atmosphere, but it’s also becoming more common in other