Asthma is a chronic condition that affects the airways in our lungs. In people with asthma, these airways constrict due to irritation caused by inflammation and airway remodeling–structural changes that cause the thickening of airway walls and subsequent narrowing of the airways. According to the CDC, 1 in every 13 people in the United States has asthma. The prevalence … Read More

Are you a morning person, or do you like to burn the midnight oil? Whether you are a night owl who prefers working late nights or an “early to bed, early to rise” type, you are influenced not by your habits, but also by your genes. In a novel study by genetics company 23andMe, scientists located 15 regions of the human genome linked … Read More

There has been a much greater emphasis on genetics in today’s research to determine the causes of medical ailments. This focus has allowed gene and DNA sequencing to be more inexpensive and thorough and researchers to better understand heredity and genetics. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is “a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system, i.e. the brain, spinal cord and … Read More

Losing weight is one of the most enduring trends over the years, especially since obesity has become part of the American life. Whereas it seems like some of us have no trouble losing weight and keeping it off, others have more of a struggle. But it seems like obesity has to do more with than just the … Read More

Our bodies change in various ways as we age—our eyes are no exception. Many, if not all, start experiencing vision problems once over 40. One common aging process that many people go through is presbyopia. Adults affected by presbyopia have difficulty seeing objects clearly at close distances. Other changes, however, aren’t so minor. One such example is … Read More

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that is caused by undergoing a traumatic experience. Symptoms of the disorder can develop within three months of the traumatic event, but it is possible that symptoms do not manifest themselves until years later. PTSD causes symptoms that are grouped into four categories: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking … Read More

We use animals for a lot of things, but they serve a particularly important function in research. However, of all the animals used in research, mice are used most frequently. This could be explained by the fact that human and mice genes are closely related and that the production of knockout mice is particularly useful for understanding … Read More

Imagine if plant growth could be accelerated. This means more crops could be grown in a shorter period of time, increasing overall agricultural yield. Forests could be regenerated quickly to replace losses from deforestation and natural disasters. Growth of such forests would recapture the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and perhaps decrease the immense human carbon footprint … Read More

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