Tag Archives: Medicine

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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A Lurking Threat: Modern Tuberculosis in the SF Bay Area

When the world’s spotlight is on Silicon Valley, visions of a tech-laced utopia arise. Self-driving cars are being tested, university researchers are developing hand-held medicine supergadgets, and San Francisco Bay Area residents are discussing the remaining scientific frontiers to cross—right? In the midst of all the progress lies a problem that can be overlooked: Mankind’s ancient malady, tuberculosis, is here

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HIV: Where are we now?

In 1981, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report describing HIV for the first time.  It detailed the account of five young gay men in Los Angeles who had fallen ill to opportunistic infections, which a healthy person can fight off fairly easily.[3]  There was no treatment for this disease that was causing otherwise healthy people to succumb

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The Science of Symphony

How music can restore dementia patients’ rhythm of life Cover photo presents members of The 5th Dementia; back row from left to right: Gene Sterling, Sam Mayo, Spencer Lemann, Walker Landgraf, Jacob Ehrlich; sitting: Carol and Irwin Rosenstein The experience of playing music is commonly equated to a “fully body workout for the brain,” engaging multiple areas of the brain

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Cough Up Some Cash: Drug Pricing and Development

In August 2015, Turing Pharmaceuticals purchased the rights to an HIV drug that has existed for more than 60 years, and raised its price from $13.50 a pill to $750.00 a pill.[1]  The drug primarily treats toxoplasmosis, a disease that affects AIDS patients, pregnant women and other immunocompromised individuals.[1] Now, with annual treatment costing up to hundreds of thousands of dollars- many

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