Articles by Chani Grossman

The Tsimane: What Can these Cardiac Supermen Teach Us About Heart Health?

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It sometimes seems like heart disease is an inescapable part of human existence—even autopsied Egyptian mummies have been found with the high levels of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, that are closely linked with heart disease. We tend therefore to view atherosclerosis as a natural part of the aging process that comes along with […]

Sherlock: The Worst Series Finale Ever


Sherlock has had a history of punishing its viewers (excessive wait times between series, only three episodes per series, mind-bending cliff-hangers, uneven episode quality, not actually resolving those mind-bending cliff-hangers), but we’ve all held on, because Sherlock has just been that great. Watching the adventures of self-proclaimed high-functioning sociopathic detective Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and […]

Finding a Cure for a Seemingly Incurable Disease


At the end of November, a major roadblock in the road toward curing Alzheimer’s was announced. Eli Lilly, a major pharmaceutical company, failed to prove its latest drug, solanezumab, effective in a Phase 3 trial. While there are several other trials in the works for other solanezumab-based drugs from other companies, scientists are not getting […]

The Dangers of Antibiotic Overuse


It’s hard to dispute the claim that antibiotics are one of the miracles of the modern age. I don’t even hesitate to use the word miracle to describe them; the effect of antibiotics has been so vast and drastic. Diseases like scarlet fever and pneumonia which were often deadly less than one hundred years ago […]

The Noblest of Them All: The Ig Nobel Prize

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Every year, much attention is paid to which incredible achievements, in fields ranging from medicine to literature to physics to peace, will be awarded the Nobel Prize. It is bestowed in an elegant theater where the King of Sweden gives each honoree his or her medal and million dollar prize in a ceremony full of […]

HPV: A Look at the Broad Controversy


The HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine and its implementation are hotly debated topics in general and the controversy has by no means escaped the Orthodox Jewish community. For us here at Stern College, this issue is not an insignificant one: for some, this is one of the first independent medical decisions which we are given the […]

Reflections on Oliver Sacks’s Last Article, “Sabbath”


Upon reading “Sabbath,” neither my dad nor I realized that it would be Oliver Sacks’s last published article before his death. But perhaps there is something fitting about it- as a bookend to an extraordinary life and as an expression of a powerful and spiritual ideal. He had no shortage of fascinating topics to write […]