Niathi Kona


Niathi Kona is a second-year intended Public Health major at UC Berkeley. She is interested in studying how the healthcare system can more effectively serve patients of varied cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, and gender identities. She is also fascinated by vision science and loves to sing, eat, read, write, and teach.

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In her TEDx talk “Sex Matters in Emergency Medicine,” Dr. Alyson McGregor shares an astounding fact: of all drugs withdrawn from the market, 80% are withdrawn because of their side effects on women. This number cannot be attributed to simple chance or coincidence. As Dr. McGregor explains, this number stems from a long history of … Read More

As medical technology has advanced, contact lenses have become an increasingly popular alternative to glasses. Contacts are often worn to correct myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness), but they can correct for other eye conditions as well. For example, specialized multifocal contact lenses are designed for older people with presbyopia. Presbyopia is a very common eye … Read More

Each new generation seems to spend more and more of their youth indoors, whether they are studying, playing video games, or scrolling through social media. Perhaps as a result, myopia, or nearsightedness, has become extremely common among children. In fact, in certain East Asian countries where academic success is highly valued, up to 90% of … Read More

It’s no secret that drinking tea can be good for your health. Teas are jam-packed with flavonoids, plant chemicals known to help prevent disease. According to a New York Times survey of studies investigating tea’s health benefits, tea consumption has been linked to reduced risk of liver disease, depression, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, … Read More

Thinking about old-time medicine can be intimidating. In the 19th century, mothers would often calm their infants with Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup, a formula primarily composed of morphine and alcohol. Doctors didn’t hesitate to prescribe heavy metals like arsenic and mercury, and pharmaceutical companies featured drugs such as opium, heroin, and cocaine in their products. However, … Read More

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