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According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most people have been exposed to Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The agency reports that human epidemiological studies have found increased cholesterol levels in exposed populations and instances of low infant birth weights, immunodeficiencies, cancer for Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and thyroid hormone disruption for Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).
Amid the pandemic, a variety of groups have been identified as being at a higher risk of developing serious symptoms if infected with the virus. At-risk groups include seniors and people with lung problems, heart disease or weakened immune systems. For this reason, as vaccine doses for COVID-19 became available, these groups were prioritized.
For many, social media platforms have become part of everyday life. They provide news, entertainment and a way to communicate with others. In recent years these platforms have also become low-cost tools for investigating and intervening in a variety of public health issues.
Since the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hopkins has sought to publicize knowledge regarding the virus and measures to mitigate its spread among students, faculty, staff and the general public.
During their undergraduate studies, pre-health students tend to take a variety of courses in science and mathematics in an attempt to fulfill the prerequisites for the graduate program of their choice. The required completion of specific courses often makes it difficult for pre-health students to explore other areas of study, such as the humanities.
On Jan. 28, the Department of Health and Engineering at Hopkins hosted Karl Hausker, who is a senior fellow at the World Resources Institute’s Climate Program. His talk, titled “Getting to Net-Zero: Climate Challenges and Solutions,” was part of the M. Gordon Wolman Seminar Series.
With finals approaching, many Hopkins students dedicate themselves to studying and forget about other vital activities that not only help their health but can also improve their test performance. One such activity is water consumption.
The Hopkins chapter of the National Biological Honor Society hosted their Fall 2019 Faculty Speaker lecture on Thursday, Oct. 31. The speaker was Xin Chen, an associate professor in the Department of Biology.
The Hopkins Undergraduate Society for Neuroscience (Nu Rho Psi), the Neuroscience Department and the Hopkins Office for Undergraduate Research (HOUR) hosted the Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) on Tuesday. The Symposium aims to provide students with internal opportunities to present the research they have been conducting. The symposium provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to submit an abstract and present their research. The presentations are typically eight to 10 minutes long, followed by a couple of minutes of questions from the audience.
A recent study by Hopkins researchers revealed that ferrets are well-suited for higher-level vision research. This was discovered in light of their performance when faced with behavioral tests that assessed the motion and form integration capacity of adult ferrets.
Littering is a severe problem currently affecting the environment. At Hopkins, the President’s Day of Service aimed to contribute to the clean-up of trash in the ecosystem.
Sustainability is an important measure to stop the progression of negative changes to the environment, since it looks to protect the natural environment of the Earth and the health of its inhabitants. Many members of the Hopkins community are particularly passionate and active about this issue.
With flu season almost upon us, one of the best forms of defense is to learn how to recognize and prevent the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms of the flu typically include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue and in some cases vomiting and diarrhea.
A research team at Washington University in St. Louis has been working on understanding the metabolic processes of a strain of Rhodopseudomonas palustris. This microbe is commonly found in swine waste lagoons, earthworm droppings and pond water.
The two current New York measles outbreaks, which began in late 2018 among primarily Orthodox Jewish communities, have seen limited containment in the past few months.
An international team of researchers from institutions in the United States, Russia and Portugal recently achieved the feat of decoding the great white shark’s entire genome.
During our days in elementary school science, most of us learned the basics of geology. We learned about the layers of the earth (crust, mantle, outer and inner core) and plate tectonics, among other topics. However, this was a great oversimplification of all that goes on under our feet.
A recent study revealed that self-awareness might not be a cognitive function unique to primates and mammals with complex cognitive systems. This possibility was opened by the surprising performance of a species of fish commonly known as the cleaner wrasse when faced with the mirror test.
A NASA-led (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) study recently discovered an enormous cavity, comparable to two-thirds the area of Manhattan, at the bottom of the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica. The cavity is much bigger than expected, a surprising find that scientists hope will lead to better models of glacial melting and their impact on sea level rise.
Although the controversy over whether or not to extend the 650-mile border wall between the United States and Mexico largely centers around immigration, it is also important to consider the effects a wall would have on the environment of the borderlands.