Life-saving Pigs?: The Promise of Xenotransplantation

Recently, a team from the University of Alabama in Birmingham performed the first-ever pig-to-human organ transplant [2]. The general process of animal-to-human organ transplantation is called xenotransplantation (“xeno” meaning foreign in Greek), and brings to mind images from science fiction [1]. However, the achievement of the doctors and scientists from Birmingham brought the possibility of…

A Painted Picture of Recovery

Could art hold a potential remedy of improving conditions for neurodegenerative diseases? Many studies indicate that art and other creative outlooks such as music aid in allowing individuals with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s to express themselves through artistry and innovation. A study published by Matos et al. in Future Medicine describes this…

A Portrait of Medicine

Medicine has been associated with the humanities for years, but a more recent relationship is that between medicine and art. More specifically, within the field of the art of medicine, the creation of portraits of sick patients has been shown to have compelling effects on medicine and care in a health setting. Dr. Mark Gilbert,…

Researchers Agree that Needle Exchanges Are a Good Thing. Do Policymakers?

As of 2019, over 1.2 million Americans live with HIV [6]. An estimated 7% of these patients used injection drugs such as heroin, a population consisting disproportionately of racial minorities. For instance, Black people made up 30% of injection drug users diagnosed with HIV in 2018, despite representing only around 13% of the population. The primary mechanism of HIV transmission in this case is the sharing…

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