CategoryMedicine

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

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 Alyson McGregor shares an astounding fact: of all drugs withdrawn from the market, 80% are withdrawn because of their side effects on women.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

We all know that exercise is great for us. It boosts our mood, increases muscle mass, builds our cardiorespiratory fitness, and the list goes on. But what about as a cancer treatment? Published in Exercise and Disease: Prevention Through Training, Radak and his colleagues found that while there is accumulating evidence indicating that environmental factors like lifestyle … Read More

Curry, a blend of spices used in a variety of cuisines, varies widely in composition. Many of the common ingredients include turmeric, fenugreek, coriander, cinnamon, and ginger, all of which provide considerable potential health benefits. The spice most-frequently noted for its anti-everything capabilities, however, is turmeric. According to a laboratory animal study published in Evidence-Based Complementary … 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

Chocolate, little dark brown squares of sweetness that melt in your mouth, may be a guilty pleasure or a love that people confidently declare. In fact, Jo Brand, an English comedian, once said, “anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.” As it turns out, chocolate not only tastes good but is also beneficial for fetal health according … Read More

I was recently in a tea shop in New York, coughing up a storm. The man behind the counter recommended a particular tea set for me. There were three teas within the set, but his main selling point was that one of those teas contained valerian root—the potential key to sleeping soundly through the night. His … Read More

Recently, there has been a lot of debate about exercise and pregnancy due to the rise of pregnant women staying active. When discussing this topic, many encourage women to maintain an active lifestyle while pregnant, while others criticize such women, suggesting they hurt their bodies and babies. Published in The Journal of Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Morris … Read More

As the summer weather is finally here to join us, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reminds us to stay protected from the sun’s harmful rays. According to the EPA Regional Administrator, Judith Enck, “Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the United States.” While sun safety is never out of season, summer’s … Read More

Onions may be famous for giving you bad breath and bringing tears to your eyes, but they carry some pretty hefty nutritional value too! While providing abundant flavor to your favorite dishes, they are high in vitamin C, a good source of fiber, and possible players in preventing cancer and reducing the risk of heart disease. Embed … Read More

Marijuana often evokes images of euphoria and relaxed lethargy. Some of the earliest human cultures ingested and smoked the leaves of the plant, and its consumption has persisted in modern society. Although it’s most commonly used as a recreational drug, marijuana also has important medicinal, religious, and spiritual applications. To some, it’s an important clinical substance that functions as … 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

This year, 3D printers have helped so many in the medical field. Able to print a variety of helpful parts ranging from prosthetic body parts to bridges from a digital file, this invention is truly revolutionary. To achieve shape and dimensions, the printer lays down layers upon layers of material until the finished product is completed. Printed … Read More

In our progressive society, the prevalence of mental illness is receiving more and more attention. Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) is a relatively new form of non-invasive brain electrotherapy that has been slowly gaining favor as a potential treatment for psychiatric disorders. Much like other forms of electrotherapy, CES applies a weak electrical current across a person’s … 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

Naturopathic treatments. Alternative medicine. Homeopathy. Over the years, many people have associated these forms of treatment with clinical malpractice and irrational science. In our advanced world, such alternative methods seem to have no place. They are based largely on anecdotal evidence and lack professional support and funding. Thoroughly designed clinical trials for such complementary and alternative … Read More

For as long as I can remember, my family has always had a kumquat tree growing in the front yard. However, I never knew just how powerful those little fruits are! For those who don’t know, kumquats are winter-spring seasonal citrus fruits, and though they look and taste like any other citrus fruit, they’re unique … Read More

At a drug store, there are shelves upon shelves of different medicines to choose from. Over the years we have developed many forms of these medications, so whether we are looking for cold medicine or a pain killer, we are faced with a decision: Should I get the gel capsules or the tablets? Which one is … Read More

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