Research finds that progesterone contraceptives increase risk of contracting HIV
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
HIV changed the landscape of sexual relationships, making condoms a more ubiquitous presence in “the birds and the bees”. Once considered only a form of birth control, these prophylactics became STD control, preventing the spread of the deadly virus. However, AIDS was originally seen...
The early stages of heart disease
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Heart disease consists of a number of conditions that affect the heart, including coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and hypertension. The early stages of these heart diseases are different, but they have similar effects on the body if left untreated – heart failure.Early...
Scientists discover new class of antibiotics
By: Leigh Goessl
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have announced the discovery of a new class of antibiotics. These drugs will reportedly be able to battle bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and others that lead to serious infections. Current antibiotic treatments are no longer...
Scurvy: Symptoms and treatment
By: Lesley Hebert
Scurvy, a disease notorious for causing the deaths of an estimated two million sailors during the European age of exploration, seems to be making a comeback. Recent studies have in fact shown that a surprisingly high percentage of Americans are at risk of developing scurvy...
The long-term effects of Fukushima on global health
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan became synonymous with disaster in March 2011 – leaking radiation from reactors damaged in a 9.0 earthquake and forcing the evacuation of nearby residents. Health concerns at that time centered on the radiation exposure of workers...
The effect of chronic dehydration on the kidneys
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The kidneys are responsible for controlling fluid balance in the body. During dehydration, which is a lack of water in the body, the kidneys act to retain more water in the blood. This change in function is directed by vasopressin, also known as antidiuretic hormone...
Scientific explanation of the common cold
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The common cold is an illness often related to winter and characterized by nasal congestion and sneezing, sometimes with sore throat, coughing, headache and other uncomfortable respiratory symptoms. The symptoms are the result of an infection in the respiratory tract, which can be due to...
Types of superbugs
By: Jody Pellerin
Bacteria that are resistant to multiple antibiotics, aka “Super-bugs”, infect 22 million people annually; 23,000 die. These super-bugs have been agents of nosocomial infections and outbreaks in some of the nation’s most prestigious hospitals. Surgical patients, patients undergoing chemotherapy, renal dialysis, and...
Alopecia explained
By: Lavinia T
When people suffer from an autoimmune disorder, the chances of hair loss increase manifold. Alopecia is a type of condition in which the person loses excessive hair because the immune system starts attacking the hair follicles. Hair follicles are the points on the scalp from...
Hong Kong flu (1968): History and symptoms
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The Hong Kong flu in 1968 was a category 2 pandemic of H3N2 influenza, a new flu strain at the time that is estimated to have killed a million people worldwide during the pandemic. Sino Biological traces the origin of the virus to a genetic...

 

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