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Vitamin D Deficiency: A New Pandemic

Rickets, a disease caused by vitamin D deficiency, is rarely diagnosed by the practicing physician today. At the beginning of the twentieth century, rickets was prevalent among poor children living in polluted and industrialized cities. The discovery of vitamin D and its anti-rachitic properties soon brought about the fortification of milk with vitamin D and…

Diagnosing the Cancer of the Future

Society often speaks about cancer as a collection of conditions that cannot be strung together perfectly without needing more knowledge than what seemingly exists. Movies often display extreme cases of health conditions in patients combined with extremely futuristic diagnostic and treatment plans. More often than not, society dismisses these as the treatments of the future…

CAR T-Cell Therapy

Cancer operates stealthily, overtaking body systems via hijacking formerly healthy cells, and propagating endless, devastating effects throughout the body. Until recently, there was slim hope for the body itself to recognize and eliminate the assailant cells. However, with the emergence of chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, or CAR T-cell therapy, cancer’s undoing may be on…

If Ice Buckets Can Do It, So Can We

Summer 2014: A time for family fun, sun-tanning on the beach, and dumping buckets of ice water over your friend’s head. Nothing too out of the ordinary, except the last one spurred a deluge of Facebook posts and YouTube videos. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge captured the hearts of young and old alike, spreading awareness…

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