Scare Tactics and You

Scare Tactics and You

Picture, if you will, the following scene: The subject is at a medical facility, getting an injection he doesn’t want. He is screaming, wailing, thrashing. Nobody is giving him anything for his pain. Nobody is helping him at all. The medical professional holds the squirming patient down while steadying the needle. Her assistants in the […]

The Gut-Brain Connection-Bacterial Cognition

The Gut-Brain Connection-Bacterial Cognition

Yet more evidence continues to support the use of probiotics connected to learning, memory, and now anxiety. Researchers at the University of Cork in Ireland have compared two different types of Bifidobacterium and how they affect mouse behavior. In skill tests of object recognition, and spatial learning and memory, the mice that were given Bifidobacterium […]

Don’t grow immune to the value of vaccines

Don’t grow immune to the value of vaccines

The fight against rubella, the deadly German measles, has finally paid off. Global health authorities say the terrible disease has been eliminated in the Americas. It’s a rare dose of good news in the fight against the debilitating disease, which can cause birth defects or even fetal death if contracted by a pregnant woman. The […]

Measles vaccine without the injection: a big step forward!

Measles vaccine without the injection: a big step forward!

Globally, measles is the leading cause of death in young children. In 2013, the World Health Organization documented 145,700 measles-related deaths worldwide. Did that get your attention? Now consider the most recent outbreaks in the United States, and you understand what the fuss is all about. But now, researchers may have found a way to […]

Take Your Kids to Bio Med Work Day!

Take Your Kids to Bio Med Work Day!

I work in an industry plagued with negative images and reports. Sadly the vast majority are misleading, falsified, spin doctored, antiquated, and just flat out wrong. So I spend a great deal of time dedicated to outreach. Letting the world know that biomedical research is not only necessary and amazing science, but I also have […]

Antioxidant Genes Slow Vision Loss

Antioxidant Genes Slow Vision Loss

Using antioxidant gene therapy, scientists are slowing down vision loss and cell death by boosting photoreceptor cell’s own antioxidant powers. Rods and cones (photoreceptors) allow us to see light and transmit the information to the brain. When these cells get too much oxygen, such that occurs in a disease process like Retinitis Pigmosa, these cells […]

Metabalomics the new frontier in vaccine development?

Metabalomics the new frontier in vaccine development?

Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) has the potential to devastate a herd of cattle. The good news is, there is a BRD vaccination that can protect against this disease. The bad news is, BRD continues to be a significant health problem despite vaccination. Traditionally, vaccine effectiveness is determined by testing antibody titers, expression of cytokines, and […]

3D vaccine for cancer?

3D vaccine for cancer?

Researchers have created a novel vaccine for cancer- a 3-dimensional vaccine! No, you don’t need special glasses for this one, the 3D action takes place after the vaccine has been administered. So why a vaccine for cancer in the first place? Unfortunately, a lot of cancer cells slip under the radar of the human immune […]