Tag: Medicine

Missing Data: How the Exclusion of Female Subjects from Medical Research Hurts Science

Missing Data: How the Exclusion of Female Subjects from Medical Research Hurts Science

In trying to improve human health, research has left out a huge portion of humanity. This bias doesn’t just hurt women, it impedes the progress of medicine.

A Nutritious Diet: Not What the Doctor Ordered?

A Nutritious Diet: Not What the Doctor Ordered?

Approximately 1 out of 5 deaths worldwide is due to poor nutrition, and doctors are not adequately trained to counsel their patients on improving their nutrition to ward off disease.

Transforming Blood Transfusions

Transforming Blood Transfusions

Scientists have found a way for Type A blood cells to be transformed into Type O ‘universal donor’ blood cells which could be very useful for future blood transfusions.

High-Throughput Urinary Testing: More Data, More Problems?

High-Throughput Urinary Testing: More Data, More Problems?

New technology is coming to UTI diagnosis and may lead to big improvements in the lives of millions of patients, But are these new tests worth the hype (and cost)?

Chemistry of Antihistamines, Nothing to Sneeze At

Chemistry of Antihistamines, Nothing to Sneeze At

March in North Carolina brings out one of the country’s greatest rivalries. No, I’m not talking about UNC vs Duke basketball. I’m talking about when the flowers start to bloom in the Tar Heel state, and pandemonium ensues. North Carolinians run to their local pharmacy…

Golden Medicine: Use of Plasmons for Cancer Therapy

Cancer is an immensely complex disease to treat. The number of mutations and combinations of mutations that can lead to its development make each “cure” more of a patch to a few specific cases. Couple that with the increasing rate of mutation within cancer cells,…

Why Pharmaceutical Companies Care About Your Saliva

Why Pharmaceutical Companies Care About Your Saliva

Earwax stickiness. Neanderthal ancestry. Caffeine metabolism. Tasting soap when you eat cilantro. Direct-to-consumer genotyping companies like 23andme boast this kind of information in exchange for a tube of your finest spit and a chunk of change about equivalent to a week’s worth of groceries. In…

Pharmacies of the Future: Chemical Lego Towers

Pharmacies of the Future: Chemical Lego Towers

Chemists and engineers are in the process of making on-demand production of pharmaceuticals less of an idea from a movie, and potentially a viable option for situations where medicines may not be easily accessible. Imagine taking a vacation to an isolated rainforest resort.  You explored…

Getting to the Heart of the Matter: “Fish are friends, not food”

Getting to the Heart of the Matter: “Fish are friends, not food”

When most people think about “Finding Nemo,” they likely think about Nemo, the adventurous young clownfish who got caught up in a fishy situation (no pun intended) and ended up in a dentist’s fish tank. Or, they might remember Marlin, the overprotective father. However, what…

Diet Soda: Providing Insight into a Rare Metabolic Disorder

Diet Soda: Providing Insight into a Rare Metabolic Disorder

Have you ever read the Nutrition Facts on a diet soda or sugar-free gum? If so, you might have noticed a bolded sentence that reads: PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE. In the U.S., this sentence is present on every commercially available medicine, food, or beverage that contains…