BY: CLAIRE KIM "Before last Monday, the state hadn’t experienced a single day of 5,000 cases; now, it is averaging well over 5,000 a day — 5,475 over the past week. That is 33% higher than a week ago, despite the number of tests increasing 20% in that time." (Mercury News) Has California hit the… Continue reading Second Wave? Or Continuation of First Wave?
BY: CLAIRE KIM From a young age, I have been drinking tea of all sorts to calm my senses and mind. My childhood favorite is a traditional Korean tea called "oksusu cha" made up of roasted corn granules and a blend of dried grains. Drinking this tea, cold or hot, but preferably hot, I feel… Continue reading Tea: A Mental Health T(r)eatment
BY: CLAIRE KIM This past week, I have been reading a book titled, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a story about a colored woman in the early to mid-1900s whose cells were used for scientific projects without her or her family's consent. The 1900s was a time in which the field of cell culturing… Continue reading HeLa Cells: The Ethics of Scientific Inquiries
BY: CLAIRE KIM David Matsumoto, a psychology professor at San Francisco State University, states that "facial expressions of all kinds are a very important component of human interaction". And truly, I agree with this statement, but only to a certain extent. Just as how text messages are limited in expressing one's personal emotions, the covering… Continue reading Our Masks Remove Another Mask?
BY: CLAIRE KIM Last night, I spent 2+ hours listening to my mother rant about her frustration with her stay-at-home office duties. "I'm tired" she would say, and, to no surprise, a sigh would follow up. It was clear that the 2 decades spent working under money-hungry bosses and being neglected for pursuing her ambitions… Continue reading Drowning in work… Detrimental to our mental health
BY: CLAIRE KIM As COVID-19 approaches a second wave, the effects of, once again, quarantine, social distancing, and isolation are bound to proliferate worsening mental health for many individuals. The idea of having to be careful, but also be alone for another few months is daunting, and it almost feels like we are compelled to… Continue reading Mental Health, Walking on a Tightrope
BY: CLAIRE KIM Yesterday, on June 23, 2020, Johnson & Johnson lost an ongoing trial in regards to the accusations of their talcum products containing asbestos, a heat-resistant fibrous silicate material that has consequently led many women to develop ovarian cancer. The woman who won the trial has been promised to receive over $2 billion… Continue reading Baby Powder Battle
BY: CLAIRE KIM According to research done by Jama Network Open, "For each one-point increase on the scale of socioeconomic deprivation, there [is] an 8 percent increase in the odds for Alzheimer’s brain pathology." Alzheimer's and Socioeconomic Status... how do they relate? Alzheimer's is a progressive brain disease that destroys certain cognitive functions and results… Continue reading Socioeconomic Status + Sleep Deprivation = Alzheimer’s?
BY: CLAIRE KIM Just over seven months ago, the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan was abrupt and unexpected. The Chinese government seemed to grapple the situation largely through a policy of containment, keeping most if not all Wuhan residents in their hometown cut off from the mainland of China economically and socially. All interests… Continue reading Beijing Restraint, Better Approach?
BY: CLAIRE KIM When people don't listen, frustration builds up. All hope for reconciliation seems to be lost... If you just got into an argument with a loved one, I feel you, I hear you. I am in the same muddied up situation right now. No matter how many times I try to clarify myself,… Continue reading I feel trapped.