We’ve all been in this situation: it’s a busy day, we’ve been sitting in front of the computer screen for a few hours, and we’re beginning to get restless. Eventually, all that pent up energy starts being released, little by little—we begin to move around in our chair, perhaps tapping our fingers, or wiggling our … Read More

Coffee is a life source for many of us. I can definitely admit to having gone through a period of extreme coffee obsession, despite having heard so much about how coffee is bad for my health. Yet now, in addition to the short-term benefits, there may be some long term benefits to drinking coffee, especially in preventing liver cirrhosis. Liver cirrhosis … Read More

With the recent advancement of CRISPR-CAS9 technology made by UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna, a professor of chemistry and molecular and cellular biology, scientists are now able to genetically engineer a large range of organisms with higher efficiency and relative ease. Prior to its advent, scientists were able to cut DNA at certain points, but inserting sequences of … Read More

It would be impossible to have made it through the last year without hearing about the dangers of Ebola. Luckily, a battle against one of the scariest diseases in the 21st century was won! An Ebola vaccine has recently been created that effectively prevents the Zaire strain (ZEBOV) of Ebola. There are currently five identified … Read More

The goal of medicine is to ensure that diseases can be diagnosed and treated both effectively and efficiently. The human body offers many parameters (i.e. body temperature, blood pressure, etc.) that physicians can use to determine the onset or presence of illness. However, researchers have also been working towards developing new ways to accurately and quickly … Read More

Fall will soon be upon us, and with it comes signature autumnal fashion. Boots! Scarves! Chunky sweaters! Surgical masks! Wait, what? With flu season just around the corner, don’t be surprised to see your fellow humans bust out surgical masks as their newest style statement. But how much of an impact do surgical masks actually … Read More

In a human cell, there are two main places where DNA is located. The first location is in the more familiar nucleus, where DNA acts as a complete library of how to build a functional human with all the instructions to build various proteins needed to keep the body running. The second lesser known location … Read More

My achy-breaky back and seemingly infinite fatigue often make me feel old beyond my years, but for some, this feeling is much more than a sarcastic throwaway. Progeria, also called Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome, is a rare (one in four million) genetic condition that causes patients to age very quickly. Patients with progeria begins to present … Read More

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of brain disease. It is most known for causing memory loss, but unfortunately, there is no known cure for the disease. However, there are treatments that can limit and prevent symptoms of the disease. These preventative treatments are most effective before a patient has been diagnosed with the … Read More

The featured image above shows a CT scan of the brain of a patient with hydrocephalus (left) versus that of a normal brain (right). Hydrocephalus is a condition associated with a buildup of excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain, causing an increase in pressure on the brain tissue. Normally, the cerebrospinal fluid surrounds the brain and spinal … Read More

What is TB? Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infectious disease of the lungs. It is caused by the bacteria, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and can be contracted through exposure to airborne pathogens from coughing or sneezing. TB is largely resistant to the drugs used to treat it, forcing patients to take a cocktail of medications over an extended period … Read More

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