Category: Tiago Palmisano

“One Pig Heart Please”: Xenotransplants Take A Step Forward

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited by: Bryce Harlan Xenotransplantation. The first time I heard this word I assumed it was something from a sci-fi show. Technology akin to the faster-than-light hyperdrive or the gravitational tractor beam, perhaps. Little did I know that xenotransplantation is not only very real, but also on the frontier of medicine. But

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Two New Developments in Medicine: PSCK9 Inhibitors and the WATCHMAN Device

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Bryce Harlan One reason I love biology is that despite centuries of research and discovery, we are continuously gaining new insight into the machinations of the human body. Even today our understanding of medicine is expanding as biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies strive to develop more sophisticated strategies for combating disease.

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Is vaping safer than smoking? Let’s consider the science!

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited by: Bryce Harlan Cigarette use in the United States has significantly declined over the past decade. Anti-smoking campaigns such as the American Legacy Foundation’s “truth” have certainly played a role in this fortunate trend. Additionally, the gradually rising mountain of scientific evidence has helped to open the eyes of younger generations.

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A Fight Against Doom; The Remarkable Story of The Milwaukee Protocol

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Bryce Harlan Before the evolution of modern medicine, a fight with disease was all too often a sentence of doom. The lack of knowledge concerning antibodies and vaccines left doctors with a weak defense against the majority of illnesses, which understandably led to a longstanding association between sickness and the

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Where’s My Blocker? – Football Lineman Are At An Elevated Risk for Heart Issues

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Bryce Harlan   American football is currently undergoing a metamorphosis. The rules, from what constitutes a foul to the distance of an extra-point field goal, seem to fluctuate more than in any other major American sport. And over the brief span of a few years, our conception of the football

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Counting Calories, To the Extreme: The Efficacy of Caloric Restriction

Written By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Bryce Harlan Paleodiet, Atkins diet, vegan diet, raw food diet – new and interesting food management plans such as these constantly pervade the realm of fitness culture. Weight Watchers International, for example, has capitalized on this obsession by providing specific combinations of food in exchange for money. Some of

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Ancient Medicine and the Fight Against Malaria

By: Tiago Palmisano. Edited by: Bryce Harlan Malaria is one of the most well known parasitic diseases in the modern world. Much of its fame (or infamy, to be precise) is driven by the incredible access to medical knowledge that comes with the age of smartphones. World Malaria Day was established in 2007, and the

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An Incomplete Inheritance: New Research Demonstrates That Histone Proteins Can Carry Genetic Information

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Bryce Harlan In the modern scientific community, it is common knowledge that deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) carries our genetic information. Every organism reads its DNA like a set of intricate instructions and pass on some of these instructions to its children through a process known as inheritance. DNA is our biological

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The Dawn of a New Epidemic: Ebola and Global Disparities In Healthcare

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited By: Aishwarya Raja The second-most popular topic on Facebook in 2014, according to the company’s “Year in Review”, was the Ebola epidemic. I remember hearing first-hand the loud arguments about Ebola and seeing the grim pictures of this disease flood onto television screens. I remember being constantly updated on the potential danger

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Yogurt and Your Brain: New Evidence Suggests a Link Between Probiotics and Mental Health

By: Tiago Palmisano Edited by: Bryce Harlan It’s well known in the medical community that gut-bacteria produce beneficial effects. Commercials about probiotics – bacteria and yeast that provide benefits for human health– have become as prolific as prescription drug advertisements, and yogurts laced with specific strains of bacteria are now a fitness craze. Though generally

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