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
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.
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...
Controlling things with your mind sounds like something out of science fiction. However, research has allowed for the technological development of mind-controlled prosthetics.
Battling bacteria in the face microbiome cause acne and other skin conditions. The goal is to find a cure rather than trying to manage acne.
Being very genetically similar to humans, primate models that are natural hosts of viruses similar to HIV may be the key to furthering AIDS research.