Less Vaccination = More Disease

A long-time tenant of public health has been vaccination. Prior to vaccination, diseases like smallpox, measles, polio, and more ran rampant and led to very expensive and devestaing public health crises. The first attempts to protect against smallpox, a disease that has been wiped out due to a global vaccination campaign was a process known…


All We Can Do Is Grow Old

There is nothing glorious about studying ageing. Unless you have found the key to stopping it, no one wants to talk to you! There are creams, diets, exercise regimes, surgeries, meditations, and more that all promise to hide, delay, or even reverse ageing- but let me save you the trouble and say you might as…


The Red Queen Hypothesis

“Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere elseā€”if you run very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.” “A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If…


Family Rivalry

The stuff of legends is underway just a few blocks from my apartment. OSU vs. Michigan at the Big House. This game is something people eagerly await the entire football season for and it is here. This year is particularly interesting as Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines take on Urban Meyer and the 2014 Champion…


Ann Arbor Love

This will be quick, but I have to sing the praises of the town in which I now live… The beauty! The people! The food! The trees! Wake up early one morning, preferably when it is just barely light, and wander around- it’s worth it.


Blood, Sweat, Tears, and Guts: How I Got to SPH

As an undergraduate, I became a certified EMT and responded to emergencies on campus. There was the inevitable freshman who called when he got the flu in the fall and his mother was not their to tell him to take some ibuprofen. There was the epileptic whose roommate spotted having a seizure at 3am. And…