Category: Infectious Diseases

On the Brink of Eradication: The Polio Epidemic

Polio is a highly infectious and crippling disease that primarily infects children. The poliovirus attacks the brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis within hours. Perhaps the most devastating nature of the disease is that it is completely preventable, yet twenty-five years after the polio vaccine was assembled, only seventy-five percent of the world has access

Summer Global Health Roundup

Welcome back, Wildcats! Hopefully your summers were filled with thrilling travel, catching up with old friends, and some rest & relaxation. Maybe you were diligently following the news, but if you weren’t, I’ve got you covered. For those of you too busy with summer activities to follow the news, I’d like to share some things

Deflating the Controversy over Needle Exchange Programs

One of the great joys of being an NU student is learning from the amazing experiences of your peers. My friend Michael Rossi is a Northwestern senior who studies Cognitive Science and wishes to pursue a career in medicine. Last summer he volunteered in a needle exchange program (NEP) at The Free Medical Clinic of

Climate change means health risks, NU lecturer says

For the people who think that climate change doesn’t affect them — or won’t in the future — Dr. Sarah Pressman Lovinger, MD has some statistics to the contrary. Following some choice events in 2005, Dr. Lovinger added “climate change and public health” expert to her resume. She is an adjunct lecturer in Climate Change

Nipo hapa / I am here: Coping with suffering in Usa Village, Tanzania

This past Tuesday, there was a large crowd gathering around the minor theater, or emergency room, at the local hospital. We quickly headed over to see if assistance was needed in the ward. Professor Sullivan peaked her head around the entryway and immediately turned to me with alarm on her face.  “Do not go in