Category Archives: Health and Medicine

Small Particles, Big Impact: How an Experiment on the International Space Station could Improve Alzheimer’s Treatment

In recent years, medical research has yielded significant advancements in treating debilitating diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s. Advancements in prescription drugs have been a major factor behind the development of more effective treatments that could improve patients’ lifespans and quality of life. That said, effective medication is not enough to treat patients. For a drug to have

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Brain Balls: Effective Science Communication or Misinformed Hype?

Which is more likely to catch a reader’s attention: a pop science article referring to “human cortical spheroids” or “brain balls”? Each has its advantages, but also its drawbacks. Communication of science requires reader-friendly translation of jargon-filled, complex ideas, but it’s crucial that this is done accurately and without misinformed hype. For Stanford researcher Dr. Sergiu Pasca, this challenge is

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Snap Out of It: An Electrical Implant to Treat Severe Depression

“Just snap out of it.”  This advice is an all-too-common attempt to help people with depression that, despite being well-intentioned, usually leaves everyone involved frustrated when it doesn’t work. Depression isn’t something you can just ‘snap out of’ – it’s an incredibly complex illness with a myriad of genetic and environmental causes, and so it’s no surprise that treatment takes a

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How to Make Drugs – Without Patents Getting in Your Way

Some of the most closely guarded secrets in the world are also some of the most important. The formulas and synthesis methods for a variety of crucial medications are patented due to the billions of dollars companies make off of them. As prices of prescription medications skyrocket, stories abound of pill-cutting and other tactics to cope with inability to afford

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Curing the Lovesick: Biological Anti-Love Interventions

As the phrase “lovesick” might suggest, love has the potential to cause as much damage to an individual’s physical and mental health as a clinical disease. For example, victims of domestic abuse often still feel deep emotional attachment to their partners, which in many cases prevents them from leaving the relationship. When discussing why she didn’t leave her husband after

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