Public Health

Analyzing the effects of mask-wearing and social distancing on brain development in children

Throughout Homo sapiens’ rich history, our species has evolved to become deeply social animals. For instance, the first hunter-gatherers lived in bands, allowing their members to depend on each other for food and resources. Similarly, our most basic unit of community—the family—reflects our ability to develop deep relationships that often last us a lifetime. The unique social aspect of the…

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How COVID-19 is affecting the BLM movement: An intersection of public health and racial justice

In the last few weeks, we have seen a tremendous increase in awareness about racial inequality in America. Fortunately, progress is occurring at an accelerating pace thanks to the tireless efforts of protesters and activists. Because of our country’s history, protesting is deeply symbolic of our core American identity, as it represents our defiance towards injustice and wrongdoing. Now more…

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Developing OcularCheck, an app that detects visual refractive errors: Sharing my story of vision care (pt. 2)

My visit to the Lions Sight Research Foundation’s eye clinic (read more here) “opened my eyes” to the world of visual impairments. Although I’d experienced my own visual impairment as a personal reality, I didn’t notice that it occurred on a much larger scale until witnessing this firsthand at the eye clinic. From the stream of patients waiting at the…

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