Posts Tagged: virus

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

Vaccination at All Ages

Vaccination at All Ages

To many adults, especially in the United States, getting a vaccine other than the routine flu shot is uncommon. Over-eighteen vaccinations tend to be on the rarer side. In those one-off cases, people assume you’re getting catch-up shots you missed from childhood—or maybe getting vaccinated before your vacation overseas to higher risk areas (e.g. locations… Read more

Mosquito Bites Assist Virus Replication

Mosquito Bites Assist Virus Replication

Summer is officially here. Many more people will seek the nice weather and start spending more time outdoors. As we soak up the sun, we’ll have to share our company with some unwelcome guests— the most sinister of them being the mosquito. We’ve always known that mosquito bites are annoying and itchy, but now we… Read more

Utilizing the Common Cold to Fight Cancer

Utilizing the Common Cold to Fight Cancer

In hopes of combatting stage one bladder cancer with greater efficacy than chemotherapy, researchers at the University of Florida are teaming up with a company called “Cold Genesys” to harness the properties of the common cold virus. The current treatment for stage one bladder cancer primarily involves chemotherapy administered directly to the bladder through a catheter…. Read more

Cure For HIV In Our Future?

Cure For HIV In Our Future?

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which eventually advances into acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), is a virus that is contracted through the exchange of bodily fluids such as blood, semen, and breast milk. The first documented case in the U.S. was in 1981, and according to the World Health Organization, 35 million people worldwide are currently… Read more