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How Does It Feel to Have Sickle-Cell Disease?: When Listening to Patients Gives Researchers Clues

How Does It Feel to Have Sickle-Cell Disease?: When Listening to Patients Gives Researchers Clues

How Does It Feel to Have Sickle-Cell Disease?:...

Molecular biologists certainly have the insider’s view of a disease. They know (or try to find out) how it operates in the body on a cellular level. But the mechanisms of a particular condition aren’t the only thing that matters to these scientists. Starting “outside,” say by learning more about...

A Superbug Problem: When Routine Surgeries Turn Dangerous

A Superbug Problem: When Routine Surgeries Turn Dangerous

A Superbug Problem: When Routine Surgeries Turn...

You go in for an elective knee replacement surgery, hoping to be able to climb the stairs again without pain, and end up with more than you bargained for: a potentially life-threatening bacterial infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus (also referred to as S. aureus, Staphylococcus, or staph...

Not Just Cosmetic: The Pain of Alopecia and the Search for A Cure

Not Just Cosmetic: The Pain of Alopecia and the Search for A Cure

Not Just Cosmetic: The Pain of Alopecia and the...

The phrase “only skin deep” implies that looks are superficial — and insignificant. But we regularly judge, and choose whether or not to connect with, other people based on how they look. That’s why the patchy hair loss experienced by sufferers of Alopecia areata (AA), an autoimmune disease,...

Common Misconceptions About Leukemia Explained

Common Misconceptions About Leukemia Explained

Common Misconceptions About Leukemia Explained

More than 62,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Leukemia a year, a severe blood cancer, where the bone marrow produces abnormal cells. ...

The Science Behind the Winter Blues

The Science Behind the Winter Blues

The Science Behind the Winter Blues

As the days grow darker and colder, many of us occasionally experience the winter doldrums. A small percentage of the US population (about 1 to 10 percent, depending on where you live), however, suffers a more severe form of the blues known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), with symptoms such...

Reducing the Pull of Memories to Fight Drug Addiction Relapse

Reducing the Pull of Memories to Fight Drug Addiction Relapse

Reducing the Pull of Memories to Fight Drug...

Sscientific evidence has established that drug addiction is a chronic illness that produces lasting changes to the brain’s chemistry and function. The latest brain research reveals that drug addiction may have such a powerful grip on individuals because it affects our learning and memory...

Science Fact or Science Fiction? A Vaccine Only Protects The Person Who Receives It

Science Fact or Science Fiction? A Vaccine Only Protects The Person Who Receives It

Science Fact or Science Fiction? A Vaccine Only...

By receiving a vaccine, there’s a good chance you’re helping more people than just yourself. The reason for that is a phenomenon known as herd immunity, or community immunity. In any given population, not all people are able to receive or benefit from vaccines because their immune systems are not...

Group B Strep: A Dangerous Infection in Infants and Adults

Group B Strep: A Dangerous Infection in Infants and Adults

Group B Strep: A Dangerous Infection in Infants...

Despite advances in treatment and prevention, Group B strep continues to be the leading cause of dangerous infections in newborns, pregnant mothers and adults.  

What Is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy?

What Is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy?

What Is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy?

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common type of muscular dystrophy--a debilitating group of illnesses that not only rob children of their ability to move properly, but can dramatically shorten their lives.

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