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...
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...
Characteristics and causes of Apert syndrome
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Apert syndrome, also known as acrocephalosyndactyly (ACS) type I, is a rare genetic disorder that causes alterations to the skull and digits. It affects one in every 65,000 to 88,000 newborns, according to the National Library of Medicine or one in every 45...
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...
An overview of the bones in the cranium
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The cranium can be defined as the skull without the mandible, but it is generally accepted to mean the back of the skull encasing the brain. The skull consists of 22 bones, eight of which are known as cranial bones. The others are called facial...
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...
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By: Judy Joyce - 463318
A fictional character in a book about Ireland is a stone mason. In speaking about stone, he shows the passion of a true believer in a universal understanding about that which comprises the universe in all of its glory. The character stands before an indifferent...
Interesting facts about the brain
By: UmiNoor
Do you know that even when your head that houses your brain is separated from your body, you can still remain conscious for awhile? Amazing, isn’t it? The brain is an amazing organ. It controls all your bodily functions. Even though it occupies a...
How the spleen works
By: Erich Rosenberger M.D.
The spleen is one of those odd organs found in people which is often overlooked. It has an important role to play in keeping you healthy, but because it is not strictly necessary to live, the spleen often gets overshadowed by the heart, liver and...

 

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