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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Demystifying Human Behavior: Role of Primates in Understanding Mental Health
Mar04

Demystifying Human Behavior: Role of Primates in Understanding Mental Health

Human behaviors can be difficult to understand. Overly aggressive behaviors, extreme anxiety, and depression may be linked to cognitive issues that require intervention. Studying psychopathic traits in chimpanzees can potentially help us better assess mental health concerns. Read more to learn how this animal model plays an important role in research!

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African Spiny Mice Can Regrow Skin: A Model for Human Wound Healing
Feb12

African Spiny Mice Can Regrow Skin: A Model for Human Wound Healing

Can humans someday regenerate like the superhero Deadpool? Studies on tissue restoration in African spiny mice reveal the potential genetic origin for this extraordinary occurrence. With continued research in wound healing, the unappealing scars humans are subjected to may someday be replaced by rejuvenated skin. Check out the story for more details!

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