Posts Tagged: health

Teixobactin – The Antibiotic to Revolutionize Medicine

Teixobactin – The Antibiotic to Revolutionize Medicine

At the time Teixobactin was discovered, twenty-eight years had gone by since a new antibiotic had been founded. That’s right – until 2015, the most up-to-date antibiotic development occurred in 1987. So, though it goes without being said, the introduction of Teixobactin into society completely altered modern medicine.   How Was Teixobactin Found? Researchers discovered… Read more

Phage Therapy: Antibiotic’s Spiritual Successor

Phage Therapy: Antibiotic’s Spiritual Successor

Traditionally, bacterial infections are met with routine antibiotics. As long as the patient follows the directions on the bottle, symptoms resolve, right? Not anymore. The emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains, or “super bugs,” has already rendered some diseases untreatable by standard prescriptions. A report from the World Health Organization in September sounded the alarm: due to… Read more

The Ethical Dilemma to a Tattoo

The Ethical Dilemma to a Tattoo

A 70 year old man with an elevated blood alcohol level was taken into the Jackson Memorial Hospital emergency room in Miami when doctors found something that led them from trying to save him as quickly as possible to buying time. The man had a chest tattoo that said “Do Not Resuscitate.” The word “Not”… Read more

Vaping: A Potential Health Concern

Vaping: A Potential Health Concern

E-cigarette use has grown approximately 900% among high school students between 2011 and 2015, according to Rob McConnell, an internal medicine specialist at USC. However, as young adolescents are lured into e-cigarettes by their appeal as a “healthy alternative” to cigarettes, what are the major health concerns of e-cigarettes or vaping? Vaping, the inhalation of… Read more

Genetically Modified Immune Cells Can Cure Cancer

Genetically Modified Immune Cells Can Cure Cancer

Picture that you are a teenager. Sounds easy enough. Now picture that you are a teenager with leukemia. You know you are going to die and have already accepted the fact. Then, one day, the doctor suggests a therapy that might work. It’s called CAR-T therapy. For the past few decades, treatment of cancer had only… Read more

Fossil Fuels – Could They Cause Dementia?

Fossil Fuels – Could They Cause Dementia?

        Fossil fuels have long been known to cause tons of adverse health effects, including reduced lung function, irregular heartbeat, and asthma attacks — in fact, their combustion is known to cause the deaths of over 20,000 people a year in the US. The culprit is often referred to as PM2.5, particles… Read more

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) and Tampons

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) and Tampons

Menstrual cycles, known more commonly as periods, are a part of the lives of half of the population of the world. It’s a natural process that has created a requirement for feminine sanitary products. It would be very difficult to handle daily activities in those days without these products. But, there are health concerns associated… Read more

What’s the deal with GMOs?

What’s the deal with GMOs?

What are they? GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. This term refers to organisms (almost exclusively crops and livestock, in this context) that have had their genome manually altered in some way in order to produce some desired effect. These end goals are usually rather modest, but nutritionally convenient things such as increasing the protein… Read more

Women and Alcohol Related Problems

Women and Alcohol Related Problems

As the school year comes to an end and summer starts, children will undoubtedly find themselves with more free time in the absence of school work. Many high school and college age students will use this time to find a summer job, complete internships, and enjoy the extra time outdoors. Unfortunately, many teens and young… Read more

Is Snacking Making You Fat?

Is Snacking Making You Fat?

In many European countries, the concept of a ‘to-go’ box does not exist. This fact differs drastically from American customs in which ‘to-go’ boxes are available at restaurants, food can be ordered directly as take-out, and supermarkets often times carry to-go boxes for people to allow for such at their own parties and get-togethers. As… Read more