Dorothy Kenny

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dorochi@ucla.edu

Dorothy is a fourth year Microbiology major at UCLA. Her hobbies include writing, playing guitar, and listening to excessive amounts of Korean pop music. As a premed student, she relies heavily on the power of procrastination and caffeine for daily function.

Dorothy has written 12 post(s)

HIV, a virus that attacks the immune system, was once a fearsome disease that could be interpreted as a death sentence. Because of the nature of the virus, when people are infected with HIV, they are infected for life. Despite the permanence of HIV, it has become increasingly treatable with medications. While NRTIs (nucleoside reverse … Read More

The immune system is essential for protecting us from pathogens like bacteria and viruses. However, there are cases in which it may do more harm than good. Allergies, for example, occur when the immune system reacts adversely to something that we wouldn’t normally consider a threat. In more severe cases, the immune system reacts to the body itself, … Read More

The variety of ailments that can affect us today is a common medical concern, and consequently, so is the method of treatment for these illnesses. In the case of microbial infections, there can be further confusion about the type of medication prescribed for treatment – for example, when antibiotics should be used. An important criterion for distinguishing between medications for different … Read More

In the complicated world of drug abuse, recreational users may turn to any substance they find available, including over-the-counter cold medications, leftover prescription drugs, and other illicit substances prevalent in the media like heroin and cocaine. Among these modes of drug abuse, ordinary prescription medications are less commonly examined; such medications may require approval from a doctor before … Read More

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a mental disorder characterized by impulsivity, increased activity, and difficulty in maintaining attention. The exact cause of ADHD is unknown, and because of this there is no cure for the disorder. However, ADHD is treatable by behavioral therapy and medication. While cases of ADHD can vary greatly by severity of symptoms, … Read More

Massage is an established form of alternative medicine, said to reduce pain from numerous conditions and potentially improve mental health. Usually applied to high tension areas, massage can also be specially utilized around the face and neck. Facial massage is said to have benefits such as slimming the face, brightening complexion, detoxifying the area, and relieving pain. … Read More

HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system, making those infected more susceptible to infection by other diseases. Treatment for HIV often requires the use of multiple medications. Though these medications target many different parts of the virus, most HIV drugs rely on inhibiting enzymes to prevent viral replication. Two of the six types of HIV medications target the … Read More

HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a virus that compromises the immune system, making those infected more susceptible to other diseases. HIV can only be contracted by coming into direct contact with bodily fluids (such as blood or semen), which may make it seem easily avoidable. However, because of the damage it can do if left untreated, … Read More

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer worldwide. Because it is so ubiquitous, everyone probably knows how breast cancer is usually treated: chemotherapy. However, this treatment, which involves using different drugs and chemicals to try to kill the cancerous cells, can take the form of many medications. Some of the factors to consider when choosing the best … Read More

The number of over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications out there is astounding. When faced with dozens of variations of one basic drug, it can be hard to tell your Tylenol from your Advil from your Motrin. However, despite the wide variety of OTC pain medications circulating, there are only two main types: acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs … Read More

Back in my days as a young, impressionable child, my mother would present me with herbal medication any time I was stuck with a cold. It was not until recently that I began to ask: what exactly was in the medicine I was taking? The medicine I’m referring to is a common Chinese herbal supplement called gan mao … Read More

Whether you need it for your upcoming exam, that big project due tomorrow, or just for daily function, caffeine is a universal way to fend off sleepiness and wake you up. Consumed by 90% of the world’s population, caffeine is a legal drug found in many forms, primarily in coffee, tea, soda, and chocolate. However, it … Read More

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