Category: Infectious Diseases

Adopting Orphaned Diseases

By: Cheryl Pan Determining how many diseases that affect humans is a very difficult task. Calculating the exact number of available treatments is even harder, if not impossible. While extensive research is being conducted on some of the most widely known diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes, other diseases are given relatively much less priority.

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MERS: First Confirmed Case in the US and Exciting Treatment Potentials

By: Alexander Bernstein First reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a coronavirus-caused respiratory illness that has claimed over a 100 lives in Saudia Arabia and has a deadly fatality rate of around 40%. Caused by a virus called MERS-CoV, this illness has since spread to 6 countries near the

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A Short Primer on CRISPR Technology and the Age of Genetic Engineering

By: Aditya Nair A clever modification to a bacterial immune response could hold the key to curing hundreds of genetic diseases. We humans, from our selfish point of view, are accustomed to considering bacteria as agents of infection and the causes of great suffering. The all too common “strep throat” is the result of infection

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Birth Rate and Infectious Disease: The Imperative of Childhood Vaccination

By: Ian MacArthur The problem of infectious disease has essentially been solved in First World countries. While the citizens of developed nations may suffer outbreaks of influenza from year to year, epidemics of measles, polio, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases no longer pose a major threat to these populations thanks to the development of vaccines

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The Power of Peptides: Tat-beclin 1

By Ian MacArthur A new synthetic peptide may hold the key to curing some of mankind’s most tenacious illnesses. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center led by Dr. Beth Levine recently synthesized Tat-beclin 1, a molecule that shows promise as a means of developing treatments against cancer, infectious disease, and degenerative neurological

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