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Consequences of Flint’s Water Crisis, Part 2
March 16, 2016 11:11 AM by Lindsey Nolen
A major challenge facing the Flint community in years to come will be identifying which children are at the highest risk of contamination-related problems and determining all future evidence of injury. This will be critical because, even after lead exposure Read More...
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Consequences of Flint’s Water Crisis, Part 1
February 17, 2016 4:28 PM by Lindsey Nolen
No one expects having to fear consumption of their local water supply. Yet residents of Flint, Mich., are currently experiencing just that due to the city’s self-induced water crisis. After dangerous amounts of lead were found in Flint’s drinking water, Read More...
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Distractingly Sexy
June 15, 2015 4:10 PM by Michael Jones
After winning the Nobel Prize 1 in 2001 for his research in cell division, Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt recently made headlines for his attempt to prove the existence of foot-in-mouth disease while speaking at the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ). Read More...
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Basket Cases
February 27, 2015 4:29 PM by Michael Jones
Thanks to the quick evolution of improved genetic sequencing capabilities, the concept personalized medicine has changed the way clinicians and physicians are thinking about patient treatment. Traditionally, the trial and testing period for clinical drugs Read More...
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Vaccination Perspectives
February 17, 2015 3:35 PM by Michael Jones
A combination of the continued national debate over the connection between autism and vaccines -- despite the hypothesized link having long-since been disproved -- and events like the measles outbreak spawning from Disneyland have led to a lot of vaccination-related Read More...
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Ebola Vaccines
January 23, 2015 4:37 PM by Michael Jones
While the Ebola outbreak continues to impact much of West Africa, it appears to be starting to fade at last. According to a recent article in the New York Times , healthcare companies GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Merck have will be introducing vaccines for Read More...
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New NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy
December 11, 2014 5:23 PM by Michael Jones
In the age of readily available genetic sequencing, the overabundance of data has been noted around the globe. As big data solutions become more common and diverse, the concept of data sharing has been a focal point of discussions regarding the future Read More...
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Unsung Heroes
August 29, 2014 1:53 PM by Michael Jones
I’ve discussed the spread of the Zaire ebolavirus before , but as it continues to overwhelm countries in West Africa, scientists have been able to track the virus in real time. A recent article from NPR followed a team of researchers as they collected Read More...
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Bears and 'Betes
August 14, 2014 3:47 PM by Michael Jones
Lately, I find myself becoming a little jealous of bears. That’s right, bears – but not for the reasons you might think. Sure, it’d be great to hang out in creeks during the summer months, eating nothing but fresh salmon and berries all day, every day. Read More...
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Smart Contacts
July 24, 2014 5:04 PM by Michael Jones
We’ve discussed mobile medicine and hand-held technology before, but a recent partnership between drug manufacturer Novartis and internet juggernaut Google takes the theory to a whole new level. The two companies announced their collaboration to develop Read More...
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A Pivotal First Step
July 10, 2014 3:01 PM by Michael Jones
Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Harvard Medical School recently discovered a connection between a form of liver cancer and two mutations in the IDH gene. Intrahepatic cholangiocarinoma (iCCA) is the second most common Read More...
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The Genetic ABC’s
May 16, 2014 2:00 PM by Michael Jones
Imagine adding letters to the alphabet. Suddenly after centuries of working with 26 letters, there are just whole new possibilities for different words and phrases that had never been explored before. How would we use the new letters? As it turns out, Read More...
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"Missing Link"
April 7, 2014 1:36 PM by Michael Jones
Type 2 diabetes has been a growing concern in the United States for several years. While the established research has pointed to two specific hormones, glucagon and insulin, as the primary factors leading to the development of the disorder in patients, Read More...
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Stem Cells and Nerve Damage
March 25, 2014 4:27 PM by Michael Jones
Regenerative medicine is a field that seems like something right out of the pages of science fiction. In a recent study from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), researchers studied the effect -- and subsequent success -- of stem cells Read More...
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Advances in Organ Transportation
February 19, 2014 10:18 AM by Michael Jones
For as developed and state-of-the-art as modern medicine has become, the standard practice for organ transportation has a lot of catching up to do. Typically moved from facility to facility in an ice-filled cooler via helicopter or some other form of Read More...
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