AAAS chief voices support for the March for Science

BY SABRINA EDWARDS 

The election of Donald Trump to the United States presidency has instigated a slew of protests and rallies for issues like women’s rights, the immigration ban, and the continuation of funding for Planned Parenthood.

Mount Holyoke American Red Cross Chapter hosts blood drives and more

Mount Holyoke American Red Cross Chapter hosts blood drives and more

Since its founding in 1881, the American Red Cross has provided humanitarian disaster relief and education both in the United States and internationally. Similarly, the Mount Holyoke College American Red Cross Chapter holds the mission of “[providing] a service to the community and [spreading] awareness on campus.”

Trump administration’s vaccine views may have global effects

Trump administration’s vaccine views may have global effects

On March 27, 2014, now President Donald Trump took to Twitter to relay his perspective on vaccines.

“If I were President I would push for proper vaccinations but would not allow one time massive shots that a small child cannot take — AUTISM.”

Research on immunotherapy as cancer treatment continues

Research on immunotherapy as cancer treatment continues

Cancer patients worldwide could soon be offered a new, less painful form of treatment that makes use of the body’s built-in arsenal to combat the disease. Doctors and researchers have been studying the human body’s immune system as a method to treat and prevent serious disease for centuries, but it wasn’t until the development of immunology that immunotherapy could be considered as an alternative to traditional cancer treatments.

Global pandemic preparedness remains in question

BY SABRINA EDWARDS '20

From 2014 to 2016, West Africa endured the largest known outbreak of the Ebola virus, a devastating viral infection which causes bleeding and organ failure. In Sept. 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report stating that the worst of the pandemic was still to come as local healthcare systems, international health groups and medical professionals all rushed to catch up to the disease. This report predicted that with "every 30-day delay in increasing the percentage of patients in [Ebola Treatment Units]... was associated with an approximate tripling in the number of daily cases that occur at the peak of the epidemic."

Amid new administration, NASA initiates two new space missions

BY HALEY LUCIAN ’17

On Jan. 4, 2017, NASA announced two new exploratory space missions, Lucy and Psyche. The goal ofthese two missions is to shed light on the period of time after the sun's birth. Each mission is estimated to cost roughly 450 million, which – according to NASA – is relatively inexpensive. The Lucy spacecraft will be launched in 2021 and will travel to Jupiter's Trojan asteroids that orbit with Jupiter around the sun. The Psyche spacecraft will follow in 2023 to explore a metal asteroid that, NASA said, has not been previously visited. 

Perseverance overrules IQ in determining success

BY SABRINA EDWARDS '20

Google “IQ test” and hundreds of online examples of IQ, or intelligence quotient, tests pop up. Even when searching “IQ” questions pop up, like “What is a good IQ?” and “What was Einstein’s IQ?” These searches show modern culture values intelligence and enjoys quantifying it in order to better compare people and their success. However, this concept of IQ comesfrom dubious sources and may not actually determine success, either in the classroom or in the real world.

CDC reveals rapid rise in cases of STDs throughout U.S.

BY HALEY LUCIAN '17

Two weeks ago the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released their 2015 STD Surveillance Report, which details “statistics and trends for sexually transmitted diseases in the United States through 2015.” The principal diseases tracked by the CDC in this report are chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, all of which reached unprecedented levels of incidence in the 2015 United States population.

Learn how to conduct a breast self-exam

BY MEGHA PATEL '20

Performing monthly breast self-exams allows you to familiarize yourself with both the look and the feel of your breasts, helping you to easily recognize any abnormalities when the time comes. According to the nonprofit Breastcancer.org, three-quarters of breast cancer patients have no family history and are therefore not considered high risk, so it is important to check frequently, even if there are no other warning signs. There are several ways to complete a breast self-exam, so feel free to choose which one works best for you.

When should I start thinking about my breast health?

BY SABRINA EDWARDS '20

The number of women diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime in the U.S. has increased steadily from 10 percent in the 1970s to 12.4 percent today, according to the National Cancer Institute. A lifetime is a long time, though; when should women start considering their breast health?

Increased breast cancer risk stems from age and genetics

BY HALEY LUCIAN ’17

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women and is the second leading cause of death due to cancer among women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to Breastcancer.org, it is estimated that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, so it is not surprising that over time this topic lingers in the back of people’s minds.

Focus on early breast cancer detection this October!

BY SARA ROTTGER '19

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month means more than buying pink-ribboned products; it’s also a time for spreading information and dispelling rumors. While one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health’s HealthFinder, early detection is possible. Understanding risk factors such as age and genetics can also help with prevention. Even college students can practice habits, such as performing regular self-exams, that create routines that become vital in later life. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, make it a priority to share information and encourage those at potentially higher risk to speak with their doctors. If you choose to donate, use services such as Charity Navigator to find foundations that truly service the needs of breast cancer patients.