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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Man’s Best Friends May Help Us Manage Pain In People
Aug05

Man’s Best Friends May Help Us Manage Pain In People

In Brief Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a neuropathic pain felt by amputees. Companion animals may serve as good models for understanding PLP. Research is currently being conducted utilizing the connections between animals and humans to combat neuropathic pain and manage PLP According to the National Limb Loss Resource Center, 185,000 Americans have limbs amputated each year. This means, on average, between 300 to 500 appendages are...

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Printers and Organs: How 3-D Bioprinting Might End the Organ Donor Crisis
Jun30

Printers and Organs: How 3-D Bioprinting Might End the Organ Donor Crisis

In Brief Organ donation shortages are a critical issue around the world. 3-D bioprinting is a recent technology with great potential, particularly with the advancement of biomodeling. Ethical and legal considerations will need to accompany the progression of bioprinting techniques. On average, 20 Americans die each day due to challenges surrounding organ availability. Around the world, people with the economic means will even buy...

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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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Dolphins: The Warriors Of Public Health
May05

Dolphins: The Warriors Of Public Health

Did you know dolphins can play an important role in helping us maintain public health? Universally loved for their intelligence and friendliness, these sea creatures have also become a subject of interest in the research community. Dolphins can help scientists better understand the spread of diseases like measles, potentially develop better treatments for diabetes, and even detect ocean toxins! Check out the story for more details.

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