Drug resistant influenza explained
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The flu is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Several strains of the virus are known that fall into one of three types: A, B, or C. A types are further broken tdown into subtypes categorized based on the surface proteins known as...
Double antibiotic-resistant bacteria explained
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
There are a number of pathogens resistant to traditional treatment, including drug-resistant influenza, treatment resistant tuberculosis, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. These pathogens require novel treatments and are the subjects of a number of investigations into new therapies to overcome infection and save lives. The resistance occurs...
Misconceptions on the handling of fecal specimens
By: Virginia Gaces
Fecal specimens are one of the most unpleasant samples to handle because of the fetid odor they emit. This is avoided by using proper personal equipment (PPE). A face mask is definitely needed because of this particular reason. Gloves and laboratory gowns are also properly...
Human Brain Activity
By: Jesse Delia
No, humans do not only use 10% of their brain, the idea is ridiculous.Heres a very non-technical explanation...Essentially every region of the brain is used/exerts an effect in our mental processes, 10% usage contradicts nature. As its known, every aspect of the human...
Function of white blood cells
By: Megan Worley
White blood cells are the immune systems way of guarding the body against any foreign material, disease causing and otherwise, that enters the body. Any increases in the number of white blood cells in the blood indicate any number of disorders. White blood cells are...
Denying Smokers Medical
By: Krissi Lyn Mazon
Wow, talk about a slippery slope. Should anyone be denied life because they made bad health choices? Now, before I get on my little soapbox here, let me first state that I don't like the fact that our income is taxed so much to provide...
Understanding chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
By: Elizabeth Barnes
Tips for living with COPDCOPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a disease state characterized by airflow limitation that is not fully reversible(Smeltzer). This can include emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and about 16 million...
Establishing the difference between being left and right handed
By: Janet Reimche
A Step in the Left Direction You may have seen photographs of President Obama signing documents. Did you notice that he is left-handed? Since only about one in ten adults is left-handed, the odds are that only four past presidents would have been left-handed. But...
Cancer: Understanding why scientists have yet to discover a cure
By: Andrea Mahr
The term "cure for cancer" is misleading, as it implies that there could be one drug against every kind of cancer in each and every individual. In case of this interpretation, it is clear that there can be no cure for cancer, never.But if...
The mathematics of breathing
By: Dallas Brown
I am not a medical doctor, and any of the advice you read in this column should be examined carefully by your doctor prior to starting any program of breathing deeply or any another respiration program designed to optimize your health.One of the things...

 

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