Tag: Immunology

Fever; good for more than just a day home from school

Fever; good for more than just a day home from school

“Mom, I think I have a fever,” was the sure fire way to stay home from school as a young child.  One such instance, my mom put her hand to my forehead and told me to go get ready for school. I walked away wondering…

Will dogs save us from allergies?

Will dogs save us from allergies?

Dog is man’s best friend. Man is dog’s…predictor for allergies? A recent study showed dogs with owners that suffer from allergies are more likely to suffer from allergies themselves. Researchers also found that dogs that live in urban environments are more likely to have allergies…

Why is the Flu such a Big Deal?

Why is the Flu such a Big Deal?

With each flu season comes a bombardment of new advertisements reminding people to get a flu vaccine. The vaccine is free to most and widely available, yet almost half of the United States chooses to forgo the vaccine. When Ebola emerged, there was 24 hour…

H What N What? A Designer Protein Hits the Science Runway

H What N What? A Designer Protein Hits the Science Runway

Influenza is a virus that straddles two worlds: that of the past and that of the future. Responsible for more deaths than HIV/AIDS in the past century, the flu is one of the world’s’ most dangerous infectious diseases though it may not seem so, especially…

Beating Cancer by Releasing the Brakes

Beating Cancer by Releasing the Brakes

Former President Jimmy Carter was diagnosed with stage IV malignant melanoma in 2015, an aggressive form of cancer that spread to his liver and his brain.  Until recently, this would have been a death sentence.  However, after surgery, radiation therapy, and a new type of…

Tom Brady has been Unjustly Denied Tomatoes

As an avid New York sports fan, I love a good Tom Brady controversy. Many of these controversies are ridiculous and take up too much time during actual news broadcasts (read: deflategate), but other Brady controversies should be taken seriously, including each and every ridiculous…

Five foods to get you through cold and flu season

During the winter season, our bodies endure a substantial amount of stress. As temperatures drop, our immune systems can suffer. But staying happy and healthy throughout the cold and flu season is easier than you think. Here are 5 food groups that will help you…

The 2015 Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine: Kiss me for science!

This year’s Nobel Prizes in Medicine were awarded to William C. Campbell, Satoshi Ōmura, and Youyou Tu whose work to develop novel therapies for the treatment of globally devastating parasitic diseases such as River Blindness, Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis), and malaria. While this work was certainly…