By: William O'Neal Stringer
Scientifically known as Hirudo Medicinalis, profiled by Niagara Leeches, medical leeches have been used by humankind since ancient times. Bloodletting dates back to ancient Egypt some 2,500 years ago. The Egyptians used leeches as a general cure all and had some success with them...
By: Maria F. Garcia
Spinal and epidural anesthesiaare regional anesthetic techniques that target the lower half of the body. So called neuraxial blocks, these techniques involve the injection of an anesthetic medication directly into or around the spinal area. A local anesthetic is usually used around the area of...
By: Wendy S. Melton
Immunotherapy is a treatment program that uses vaccinations or other substance that builds immunities and raises the body's resistance to disease and illness. Treatments involved in immunotherapy are created to cause a response between the host and the invading organism or tumor. These interactions can...
The purpose and technique of immuno-blotting
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Immunoblotting is a process in which antibodies are used to detect proteins, utilizing the antigen-antibody interactions of immunity. Western blot and Dot blot are two immunoblotting methods. This technique can answer a number of different questions depending on the approach - determining if proteins are...
Pros and cons of anticoagulants
By: Jeff Mcclung
Human blood is in a constant battle to maintain the ability to quickly seal a damaged blood vessel through clot formation while ensuring that unwanted clots aren’t created that could lead to disability or death. Human bodies are continually adapting and modifying their responses...
By: Wendy S. Melton
Stems cells are cells that start as a basic blank slate. They can grow and develop into several different types of cells depending on the factors that influence them. Stem cells that come from the retina pigment epithelium can be used to produce not only...
New 'bone putty' that heals fractures in days not months
By: Terrence Aym
Sounding like something out of a futuristic science fiction film, researchers have created an incredible new "putty" that turbo-charges healing in fractured bones.How it worksA team of University of Georgia (UGA) Regenerative Bioscience Center scientists worked in tandem, with veterinary scientist, Dr. John Peroni...
By: J. Lang Wood
Cleft palate is one of the most common birth defects that affect children in North America, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. It can cause problems in breathing, feeding and learning to speak. Fortunately, cleft palate repair is done routinely throughout the United...
By: Kaitlyn Shepanski
There are three stages to the product life cycle that can be applied to many things. The stages are introduction, growth, maturity, and decline. Many things go by these stages; toys, styles, diets, and even medications. During the ‘Maturity’ stage is when things are...
By: Wendy S. Melton
Tuberculosis is a highly contagious disease of the respiratory system. It is caused by bacteria that becomes airborne when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Many people who contract the disease have little or no after effects. The disease does have the capability of becoming...

 

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