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Loss of hearing is extremely common and often inevitable as we age, but researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear have discovered a new type of “hidden hearing loss”–in college-age human subjects. In other words, scientists have found a new diagnosis for hearing loss. Embed from Getty Images  Hearing loss is a common problem in America.  Image Source: … Read More

In present day society, there exists an expectation held by doctors to handle any problems with their patients’ attitudes and continue on with their jobs. However, research in this particularly unique topic has found that this pressure can greatly and negatively impact the performance of doctors everywhere. Embed from Getty Images The rudeness of patients has been … Read More

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

It’s indisputable that cancer, especially when terminal, causes deep emotional pain. This pain is often hard to cope with and hard to treat. Recently, some scientists and doctors have been relying on the use of a familiar but unconventional drug to treat emotional pain: “magic mushrooms.” A new article published by Newsweek details a patient named Dinah Bazer, … Read More

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating neurological disorder that causes memory loss and destroys important cognitive functions. It’s highly prevalent among seniors, affecting one in every nine people over the age of 65, and is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Although much of Alzheimer’s remains a mystery, we do know that … Read More

More than one-third of the US population is considered obese. A condition that is becoming more and more common among Americans, obesity has caused national concern due to its connection to serious illnesses such as diabetes, stroke, and cancer. Recently, researchers from the University of Kentucky have discovered a genetic marker that provides new insight on the disease. … Read More

One might not think human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and computer viruses have much in common, but researchers at the University College London have recently discovered a striking similarity between the two. The study showed that the two types of viruses have a similar way of spreading throughout their domains with HIV infecting the cells and computer viruses affecting … Read More

We all know the various detrimental health effects that obesity can cause to our bodies, but a new study published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging reveals a new potentially serious threat: obesity can cause our brains to age faster than normal. The cross-sectional study, which was conducted by the Cambridge Centre for Aging and Neuroscience, … Read More

Being stuck in traffic can be seen as a minor disturbance to most adults, but now according to researchers, it might just be physically harmful as well due to its correlation to polluted air exposure. The World Health Organization (WHO) places outdoor air pollution as one of the top ten most dangerous health risks for humans. Air, which gets … Read More

Obesity is one of the biggest global health issues of the modern age. Over-eating and lack of exercise are common causes, and people are always searching for new ways to control excess weight gain. There are numerous diets, exercise routines, medications, and other treatments meant to curb obesity. However, new research shows that we may have … Read More

When we get sick, we want our bodies to mount the best possible defense against invading pathogens. The immune system is responsible for fighting infections. Researchers at Boston’s Children’s Hospital have discovered that oxPAPC, a chemical that naturally occurs in damaged tissues, triggers a strengthened immune response that could have useful implications for developing more effective vaccines. … Read More

The term “epigenetics” was first coined in 1942 by embryologist Dr. Waddington. It refers to the study of external or environmental factors and their ability to alter gene expression without changing a person’s DNA sequence itself. However, only recently have scientists begun to make strides in understanding the true impact that epigenetics can have on our biology. Researchers at the … Read More

Amniotic fluid is what surrounds a baby in the womb. It plays an important role in keeping the baby alive and healthy by performing a number of functions. These include cushioning the baby, maintaining a steady temperature, and helping the baby’s lungs, digestive system, muscles, and bones develop. It also protects the umbilical cord from being squeezed. … Read More

Antiangiogenic drugs are used to battle some types of cancer. These drugs work by inhibiting angiogenesis, the development of blood vessels. Cancer cells can release signals that promote angiogenesis and cause nearby healthy cells to release those signals. The formation of new blood vessels is very important for tumor growth; cutting off this blood supply with antiangiogenics … Read More

Living in the material world, one cannot help indulging in a few material things.  Especially when shopping around for that perfect gift, it’s always hard to resist making a few more purchases since the temptation to buy is so strong. However, does shopping in this way bring only false pleasure, and should one curb the … Read More

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 913,000 people in America were classified with cocaine dependence or as cocaine abusers in 2014. The Drug Abuse Warning Network found that in 2011, cocaine was involved in 505,224 of emergency department visits for drug misuse and abuse. Cocaine is a powerful drug that can have … Read More

The concept may sound crazy at first. Killing brain cancer cells with skin cells. How could that possibly work? Well, pharmacy researchers at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill have successfully been able to turn skin cells into, essentially, brain cancer cell predators–cells that search and destroy brain tumors. The concept of reprogramming skin cells is not … Read More

A large reason why cancer is such a deadly disease is because cancerous cells can “communicate” with each other. That is, these diseased cells can create certain signaling molecules that tell other diseased cells to perform a certain action. These signals help cancer multiply and migrate, spreading the disease and worsening symptoms. Traditionally, many pharmaceuticals utilize methods that block the … Read More

Animals are born with many natural instincts and reflexes. Yet, we as humans possess a unique ability that is “trust”. We have faith in whom we trust, and we place our confidence accordingly. This ability is a key part of being a human, and it is essential to our physical and mental well-being to have someone … Read More

Burn-related complications result in approximately five thousand deaths each year in the United States. Sepsis from a burn wound infection, other infection complications, and inhalation injury are responsible for 75% of deaths in patients with burns covering more than 40% of their body. Due to both thermal injuries inducing immunosuppression and the loss of skin … Read More

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