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The Science behind Multilingual Aphasia

Before delving into bilingual aphasia, here’s some background. Contrary to popular belief, being bilingual isn’t “black-and-white”; it’s a spectrum. Some bilinguals may be able to speak both languages perfectly; others may be able to understand but not speak, and more. Being bilingual and being monolingual require similar parts of the brain, and with similar physical restraints […]

Future Therapies for Enteric Nervous System Diseases

The enteric nervous system (ENS) is the biggest and most elaborate branch of the peripheral nervous system. It operates the gastrointestinal tract independently of the central nervous system, although they share some of the same neurotransmitters, such as acetylcholine, dopamine and serotonin. The ENS has more neurons than the spinal cord and more glial cells […]

Melanocytes, Melanoma and MITF

We have several transcription factors that play important roles when it comes to the development, specification, control and differentiation of different cell types in our body. One of these is microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF), which plays a key role in melanocyte development and differentiation. In this article, I will discuss the basic biological features and the […]

Genetics- The Future of Medicine

Everyone knows what genes are- they are the things that make you, you. To elaborate, genes are formed from the strands of DNA found at the center of the cell nucleus. “The Human Geonome Project has found 25,000 genes in human DNA,” according to Deane Alban ( A helpful analogy is thinking of your body as a […]

Got a Slight Fever? Skip the Medicine

For centuries now, we have become accustomed to simply taking a dose of medicine when our body temperature rises the slightest bit. After all, from the rise of modern medicine in 1800 to present day, it has become a norm in society, seeming like the right thing to do. However, this may not be the […]

A Revolutionary, New Way to Prevent Malnourishment in Diseased Children: The Internet of Things

Introduction World hunger—and the malnutrition that accompanies it—affects nearly 800 million people worldwide (“The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015”). One in nine individuals must endure starvation and its calamitous effects: malnutrition, irreversible brain damage, and eventual poverty (“Affect of Hunger: The Brain”); in fact, the situation has become so dire that an […]