Teaching About Vaccines — A Miracle of Modern Medicine

Teaching About Vaccines — A Miracle of Modern Medicine

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As an immunologist-to-be, few things frustrate me more than hearing of misinformed antivaccine sentiments. I have been of the opinion for some time now that education about vaccines should begin in high school to give students the tools to properly combat misinformation campaigns. Thus, when I learned that Johns Hopkins was looking for applicants to(...)

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Hypnosis: Trick or Treatment?

Hypnosis: Trick or Treatment?

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A couple of weeks ago I indulged in a morsel of nostalgia along with my fellow millennials and went to see Incredibles 2. If you’ve seen the movie, you know that the villain uses hypnosis as a weapon. When I exited the theater and stepped out into the musky night, I was in a post-movie(...)

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The F-Word in Metastatic Prostate Cancer

The F-Word in Metastatic Prostate Cancer

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A recent study, published in Nature Genetics, has found an interesting new link between the F-word and metastatic prostate cancer. Before you let your imagination run wild, this is not the four-letter F-word but the other F-word — fat. Fat is an important constituent of all living cells, as it is a critical component of(...)

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Landmark RNAi-Based Therapy Achieves Clinical Success

Landmark RNAi-Based Therapy Achieves Clinical Success

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DNA serves as a blueprint for the protein repertoire that comprises the human body and its functions. To construct these proteins while also ensuring that its DNA remains safely tucked away in the nucleus, the cell generates disposable and short-lived copies of its active genes, called messenger RNA (mRNA). An array of molecular machines then(...)

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Targeting Diabetes with a High-Fiber Diet: It’s All in Your Gut!

Targeting Diabetes with a High-Fiber Diet: It’s All in Your Gut!

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Right this moment, your gastrointestinal tract is crammed with a vast number of different microbes, together referred to as the human gut microbiota. Don’t be too alarmed though, as this complex gut microbial ecosystem maintains a mutual and beneficial relationship with you. Given the bad reputation some bacteria have as being infectious and antibiotic-resistant, you(...)

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Diversity at the Top of the Social Media Signaling Cascade

Diversity at the Top of the Social Media Signaling Cascade

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Caroline's essay received 3rd place in The Lasker Foundation Essay Contest. The Lasker Foundation’s Essay Contest engages young scientists and clinicians in a discussion about big questions in biology and medicine and the role of biomedical research in our society today.  The Contest aims to build skills in communicating important medical and scientific issues to(...)

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