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Fighting Neglected Diseases

Imagine you are in a business course and are given the following scenario: Your marketing department has found an opportunity for your business. It has identified a clear problem that, with research, time and heavy investment your company can solve. This solution comes with the caveat that you will be creating a product for a

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Do some people have protection against the coronavirus?

We're now more than seven months into the coronavirus pandemic that has upended the lives of most of Earth's inhabitants. And while it is true that the scientific community has learned many things about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, Covid-19, there are also many gaps in our understanding. One big mystery: Why

All the Covid-19 Symptoms You Didn’t Know About

As the pandemic spreads around the world, doctors are beginning to scope the coronavirus’s damage. Seen initially as a cause of viral pneumonia during the chaos of an explosion of cases in China, it’s now emerging as an enigmatic pathogen capable of harming the body in a myriad of unexpected, and sometimes lethal, ways. Clinical

2020-06-23T08:46:24-05:00

We’re in the middle of a mental-health crisis too.

The overall financial and health impact of Covid-19 is unprecedented. However, while we can think of little else, we are also in the middle of a mental-health crisis. Millions of Americans are suffering in silence. They are sad and alone. They feel scared and hopeless. These feelings can become all-consuming and interfere with our lives in

Getting to medical appointments during a pandemic

Going to the doctor or pediatrician wasn't so complicated just a few months ago. Neither was a trip to the dentist or the veterinarian. Would your blood pressure be too high? Would your child cry at the shots? Would Fido bark at a cat in the waiting room? Even getting a cavity filled is more

Targeting early brain inflammation may slow down Alzheimer’s

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that impacts a person’s brain. It is the most common form of dementia, affecting around 5 million people in the United States as of 2014. Those with the disease are typically over 60 years of age. A person with Alzheimer’s

Parkinson’s: Autoimmune attack may start years before diagnosis

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive disorder. Its characteristics tend to include tremor, rigidity, slowness of movement, and impaired balance. Around 1 million people in the United States and 10 million people throughout the world have the disease. Parkinson’s results from a loss of nerve cells in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra. These

How Should You Stock Your Medicine Cabinet?

Right now, there is no cure for the coronavirus. And although doctors and researchers are making progress on different ways to treat the illness, much remains uncertain. Many common symptoms continue to be identified, and families staying at home can take steps now to prepare in case someone falls ill, to best monitor one’s health

Healthy Plate, Healthy Planet

FRANK HU AND Kentucky Fried Chicken arrived in Beijing around the same time. Hu, a recent graduate of Tongji Medical University, in Wuhan, had never seen a restaurant like it. Three-floored, gleaming, and distinctly Western in atmosphere, KFC proved irresistible to a country unfamiliar with the greasy efficiency of American fast food. On a frigid day

What The Coronavirus Crisis Reveals About American Medicine

At 4:18 a.m. on February 1, 1997, a fire broke out in the Aisin Seiki company’s Factory No. 1, in Kariya, a hundred and sixty miles southwest of Tokyo. Soon, flames had engulfed the plant and incinerated the production line that made a part called a P-valve—a device used in vehicles to modulate brake pressure and prevent

New coronavirus targets cells in the nose, lungs, and gut

A new study by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University, both in Cambridge, MA — alongside colleagues from other institutions — may have pinpointed the cells that SARS-CoV-2 primarily targets in the human body. The study — the findings of which will soon appear in the journal Cell — built on existing investigations showing

New cancer treatment that tracks and zaps tumors is coming to Stanford Medicine

A new technology aims to make tumors their own worst enemy in the fight against cancer -- and Stanford Medicine will be the first in the world to incorporate the treatment into the clinic. The first generation of a machine using this technology -- the X1, from the company RefleXion Medical -- harnesses positron emission tomography

Faulty blood clotting mechanism may explain COVID-19 severity

The conditions that raise the risk of COVID-19 severity are high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and conditions affecting the kidneys. Researchers are still investigating the precise reasons and mechanisms for why these conditions make COVID-19 outcomes so much worse. The authors of a

Why Some People Get Sicker Than Others

The COVID-19 crash comes suddenly. In early March, the 37-year-old writer F. T. Kola began to feel mildly ill, with a fever and body aches. To be safe, she isolated herself at home in San Francisco. Life continued apace for a week, until one day she tried to load her dishwasher and felt strangely exhausted.

Healthy food: The unexpected medicine for COVID-19 and national security

Many in Washington are shouting “follow the science.” With the novel coronavirus, while there is significant confusion over effective medical treatments to prevent or cure COVID-19, one key piece of scientific evidence is beyond dispute: Those at the highest risk of extreme illness and death have underlying conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease or

A second silent pandemic could sweep the country alongside COVID-19

Researchers are setting off alarms about the mental health crisis quietly sweeping the nation alongside COVID-19, in a new report in JAMA Internal Medicine. The authors say to expect an “overflow of mental illness that will inevitably emerge from this pandemic,” and that the surge will itself be a pandemic. Large-scale disasters, ranging from the SARS epidemics

How To Stay Healthy When Your Child, Spouse Or Roommate Has COVID-19

By now, you've likely heard the advice: If you suspect that you're sick with COVID-19, or live with someone who is showing symptoms of the disease caused by the coronavirus, be prepared to ride it out at home. That's because the vast majority of cases are mild or moderate, and while these cases can feel

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Virtual Medical Appointment

I'm a primary care doctor, and, in normal times, my favorite part of the job is getting to see my patients regularly. But because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I've had to substantially cut down on in-person visits to help put the brakes on the spread of the coronavirus. In this time of high medical

What to Do About Health Insurance If You Lose Your Job in the Coronavirus Crisis

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs in recent weeks due to the impact of COVID-19, which has shut down businesses across the world. If you're one of them, the loss of your job may mean you must make an important decision about your health insurance coverage. You don't want to be without insurance as a

Researchers establish factors linked with staying healthy for longer

One of the main questions that has preoccupied researchers and healthcare professionals for many years is: How can people stay as healthy as possible well into old age? There is no straightforward answer to that question, as numerous factors — some of them nonmodifiable — contribute to a person’s state of health. However, there may