Archives: Reflections

Is there a place for science in a world where it’s not needed?

This past year and a half have given me a lot of time to reflect upon life choices, career decisions, and future goals. Seeing how the pandemic progressed and what role science played in trying to contain it, I realized how unimportant science seems most of the time. Our health concerns can often be solved […]

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Race & Health: What can you do?

In the previous articles on Race & Health we broke down the racism of medical history and the the impact racism in our society has on health – even now. Reading and understanding such articles is the first step towards ending racism. This is through educating ourselves and expressing cultural humility. Cultural humility is the […]

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2020 Does Not Fit in a Nutshell

Two thousand and twenty. A truly eventful year. From the emergence of a new virus leading global havoc and restructuring of society [1, 2], the ignition of one of the greater series of equality protests in modern history [3], and the devastating effect of wildfires to immense international tension (whether it be military [4, 5] […]

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REFLECTION: World Toilet Day 2020 and why it’s important

Tomorrow (November 19th) is World Toilet Day, so let’s talk about toilets! It’s one of those things that we all use every day but never really talk about. So you might ask ‘What is the World Toilet Day and why should we talk about toilets?”. The World Toilet Day is a United Nations Observance that […]

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REFLECTION: Profitability of Non-Communicable Diseases

Coca-Cola’s, Nestle, Philip Morris, Carlsberg, McDonalds and Starbucks – only few names of transnational companies that sell soft drinks, processed food, alcohol, tobacco and fast food worldwide. No matter which part of the world we live in, we have heard some of those names and have consumed their products at one point or another. But […]

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REFLECTION: How the U.S. Election will impact science and why everybody should care

About a week ago, the health news site STAT published a piece discussing eight U.S. institutions and traditions that are “on the line” this election. However, the scientific effects of the election results expand far beyond the U.S. As a lay person, you should care, and yes you should worry, as the results of U.S. […]

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REFLECTION: Did history teach us nothing?

For almost a year now, we have seen an overwhelmingly high caseload of the novel Coronavirus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19). However, behind all the epidemiological issues lies a vast world of politically motivated decisions and rhetoric that are disrupting the view on the pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic, COVID-19 has been compared to […]

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REFLECTION: Is COVID-19 over yet?

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has defined the COVID-19 pandemic as the greatest test for humanity since World War II [1]. Regardless of this, we have seen countless non-socially distanced gatherings occurring all over the United Kingdom, whether it be the mass gatherings at beaches or travelling across the country to meet family  [2]. […]

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REFLECTION: When politicians hear but they aren’t listening

With the weekend’s Climate Action Summit in New York closing yesterday, it is time for a REFLECTION on the rise of the climate change movements. It’s no secret that the global effort to create awareness and action for climate change has been going on for a long while. We’ve known the consequences of green house […]

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REFLECTION: The responsibility that we should all carry

When I was asked to write about generational attitudes to climate change, I thought about all the points of view I could put across. It seemed so easy to demonify previous generations for being naive, or willfully ignorant and praise the generation I belong to for dutifully shouldering an unfair burden. The article on that […]

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