The history of polio vaccine development
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The polio vaccine is used to prevent infection with a virus that can affect the spinal cord and brain, leading to paralysis. Before the introduction of the vaccine in the 1950s, the disease crippled approximately 35,000 people each year, according to the Centers for...
Precautions to minimize risk of organ rejection
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Donor organ rejection remains one of the main obstacles to successful organ transplantation. According to Science Magazine, approximately 40 percent of all transplant patients experience at least one episode of acute rejection. Immune suppression and lifetime monitoring act to minimize organ rejection after transplantation, and...
Most common diseases in the world
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Compiling a list of the most common diseases in the world can be a difficult task. Disease generally refers to infectious disease, but it may also include chronic disease, genetic disorders, and pathologies such as cancer.Also, how common a disease is may vary by...
Dichloroacetate (DCA): A possible cure for cancer
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Dichloroacetate (DCA) is a buffered form of dichloroacetic acid, a chemical used in the production of other chemicals as well as the removal of warts and skin growths. DCA has previously been the focus of investigations into the treatment of metabolic diseases, but in 2007...
Hookworms: Symptoms and treatments
By: Jeff Casto
Imagine a blood-sucking creature that penetrates your skin and travels through your veins to your lungs. It then rips holes in your air sacs and crawls into your throat where it is swallowed into your gut. Attaching itself to the wall of your intestine, it...
The most dangerous virus for humans
By: Lorelei Cohen
There has been a handful of deadly viruses which have swept across the world, killing millions in their pathway. Is it possible that one of these old threats could mutate, and in today's global world spread in a destructive sweep around the world once again...
Number of children on autistic spectrum higher than previously estimated
By: Andrew Moran
Previous numbers by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that the number of children in the United States living with autism was one in 88. However, new official numbers released Wednesday in a report titled "Changes in Prevalence of Parent-Reported Autism...
Ingredient in blueberries that kills cancer cells
By: Carroll Colette J. Yorgey
There is an active ingredient in blueberries that kills cancer cells. According to Chi Ming Lee who published an article about recent research on this active ingredient at the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institute of Health, the active ingredient in blueberries...
By: Janet Grischy
Vaccines have prevented countless epidemics. They have been administered to millions of people worldwide. In order to maintain the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, they contain various additives, and some of these additives cause concern. Here is a list of major ingredients that may be...
By: Darian Peters
Vaccines are a way of preventing disease that involves protecting the person against attack by a particular microorganism. A different vaccine is needed for each different type of microorganism. The vaccine works by providing the immune system with the information that it needs to recognise...

 

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