Llamas Lead the Way in Finding a COVID-19 Treatment
Nov06

Llamas Lead the Way in Finding a COVID-19 Treatment

In Brief Llamas may present a unique solution to eliminating the COVID-19 pandemic. This is due to the extraordinary antibodies they produce. These animals generate antibodies that are much smaller than what is created by their human and other animal counterparts. From these antibodies, even smaller biological soldiers can be generated in the lab: so-called “nanobodies.” Nanobodies have astounding properties that make them a strong...

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Going From “iSmoke” to No Smoking With Wearables
Oct26

Going From “iSmoke” to No Smoking With Wearables

IN BRIEF Mobile technologies to help smokers quit have gained popularity over the years as the technology behind them continues to improve. The combined power of health-tracking sensors, wearable monitors and smartphones is helping people track their smoking habits and counter their addictions. These technologies can be used to encourage those who wish to quit while at the same time, countering the urge to smoke. Researchers are...

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A Mysterious Sea Creature Surfaces in the Search for Spinal Cord Injury Treatments
Aug25

A Mysterious Sea Creature Surfaces in the Search for Spinal Cord Injury Treatments

Spinal cord injuries are much more common than one might expect. As a result, finding a cure would be life changing for millions of Americans. Dr. Michael E. Selzer has been studying this topic for nearly 40 years. He provides insight on how a cure could be developed by looking at an animal capable of repairing its own spinal cord. The sea lamprey, a species of deep sea fish, is capable of regenerating a severed or broken spine. By looking at its genome, scientists hope to one day discover a method to apply the lamprey’s healing capabilities to humans

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Diversity Within Our Veins and Arteries
Jun18

Diversity Within Our Veins and Arteries

According to Rose George, author of the book Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood, “We are not all actually the same under the skin.” She’s referring to the role of race in blood types and the critical necessity of blood donations from all ethnicities.

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Exercise Presents Double-Edged Sword in Addressing Opioid Addiction
May26

Exercise Presents Double-Edged Sword in Addressing Opioid Addiction

In Brief Opioids are addictive drugs doctors prescribe for patients enduring significant pain. Consistent exercise can potentially help people who are addicted to opioids in weaning their use. Some rat studies show frequent exercise decreases the need for large opioid doses, but other studies show conflicting results. Story What’s the current best way to treat patients addicted to painkillers? You might be surprised to learn the...

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Mind-Controlled Movement: Advancements in the Field of Prosthetics
Aug19

Mind-Controlled Movement: Advancements in the Field of Prosthetics

Controlling things with your mind sounds like something out of science fiction. However, research has allowed for the technological development of mind-controlled prosthetics.

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