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November 22, 2019

Toxoplasma Gondii: The Brain Hitchhiker

Toxoplasmosis is a widely known disease that results from infection with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, one of the world's most common parasites. Infection usually occurs by eating undercooked contaminated meat, exposure from infected cat feces, or mother-to-child transmission during pregnancy.  Estimates suggest that about 1/3 of the entire human population of the Western world is harboring the parasite in the form of “benign cysts” concentrated mostly in the brain. The parasite can form cysts anywhere almost: hearts, lungs and eyeballs are common hiding places, but the brain is the preferred hangout for this organism.  If you are a cat lover, chances are high you are already infected, courtesy of your cat.  Cat brains are a natural repository for the adult protists, which reproduce inside our feline friends and spread from cat feces.  This is not to say that won’t infect any warm-blooded animal that they are capable of, but the only hosts truly necessary for their continued survival are felids, according to the CDC website. …
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May 16, 2019

Anti-Cancer Gut Bacteria

The human microbiome is the subject of a burgeoning field of research.  The effect of gut microflora, and especially bacteria, has in the last few years been linked to anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal and autoimmune diseases, and numerous other disorders. (more…)
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April 26, 2019

Greens Based Diet Slashes Risk of Heart Failure

Recent research conducted by Dr. Kyla Lara and colleagues, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, examined the associations between five major diets and the risk of heart failure among people without any known history of heart disease. (more…)
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April 12, 2019

Genetic Testing: Is it Worthwhile?

Genetic testing is a major area of growth in the healthcare industry recently, with several companies posting large returns for investors and a number of people receiving the services from molecular diagnostics companies.  (more…)
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March 29, 2019

Drug Company Patents Versus the Public Good

Should a biotech giant holding a valuable patent be forced to give it up if doing so would serve the public good?  (more…)
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disease, research, antibiotic
March 1, 2019

New Genetic Test for Antimicrobial Resistance

You've most likely taken an antibiotic at least once in your lifetime. From treatments for painful strep throat or ear infections as a child, to burning urinary tract infections or itchy skin infections, antibiotics are one of the most highly utilized and important medication classes we have.  Soon, your doctor may have a new weapon in their arsenal to diagnose and target treatment:  scientists at American University have developed a rapid, highly sensitive genetic test to determine whether bacteria carry a gene that causes resistance to two common antibiotics. Their research, published in BMC Infectious Diseases, demonstrated that the new test works as accurately as culture-based methods but gives results in minutes, not hours or days. (more…)
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February 15, 2019

FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Ketamine for Depression

A new drug developed by Johnson & Johnson named Esketamine may become the first new treatment in years for depression.  An expert panel composed of psychiatrists and consumer representatives was nearly unanimous in recommending that the FDA approve a nasal spray that delivers the active ingredient ketamine.  (more…)
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February 8, 2019

New Hope for Cleaning Up Our Oceans?

Plastic is ubiquitous in our society, it is one of the most useful classes of materials we utilize in our everyday lives, and we are surrounded by it on more ways than one.  (more…)
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