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LASIK: UNDERSTANDING HOW COMPLICATIONS ARISE

In a time in which computer screens have become a part of everyday life, myopia or nearsightedness is more prominent than ever. Currently forty percent of the US population is myopic, and the rate is expected to reach fifty percent by 2050. This is why Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, or more commonly known as LASIK,…

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A Word for the Weary

  We joke about sleep a fair bit on the UC San Diego campus. The campus-famous Facebook meme page bears the moniker “UCSD Memes for Sleep Deprived Teens”. After years of hearing clever nicknames, UC Sleep Deprived remains one of my favorite for the school. These jokes, however, are rooted in a serious issue: walk…

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Where The Wild Things are Going

Imagine waking up on a warm San Diego morning to the harsh squawks of tropical parrots rather than the gentle cheeps of bluebirds and finches. From gray whales found in the Atlantic to tropical microbes in Texas, a global reshuffling of ecosystems is occuring on Earth as climate change drives species across oceans and continents….

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Creepy Creatures, Menacing Myths

BY MELODY NAZARBEGIAN | BLOGGER | SQ ONLINE (2018-19)   In the midst of Spooky Season, images of the creepiest creatures come to mind, and are sure to elicit a few shrieks. Our notions that arise from exaggerated, mythical imagery in films and other media, however, tend to be inaccurate. One of the most prominent…

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Diet and Autoimmunity

I never cease to be amazed by my great-grandmother. At 95 years old, she still reads without glasses, washes her own clothes, and folds them without a crease. My mother always says that “old food” and a simpler lifestyle contribute to her well being. By “old food,” she is referring to everything that is the…

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When Seconds Matter

  Figure 1. Rescuers practice administering chest compressions and using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to resuscitate a victim of sudden cardiac arrest until help arrives.   The piercing sound of a glass coffee table shattering abruptly wakes her from a deep sleep. What started out as a regularly scheduled early morning gym session has…