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Gene Therapy: A Possible Cure for Hemophilia

Over the past century, the development of treatments for hemophilia has seen remarkable progress. People with hemophilia in the early 1900s had a life expectancy of 13 years, while today, most patients with hemophilia can expect to live a nearly normal life (1). Back then, there was no way of storing blood and victims often…

The Case for Dancing with Illnesses

When we think about the prehistoric ages, we imagine cavemen, igloos, and mediocre broken speech. However, scientists worldwide have voiced that there is reason to suggest dancing was in the mix. Professor Richard Ebstein of the psychology department at the Hebrew University‘s Scheinfeld Center for Genetic Studies believed that dancing is an activity humans were…

Animals Behind the Scenes: Model Organisms

For hundreds of years, people have looked to animals and plants to explain elusive human phenomena. Aesop’s fables and ancient texts highlight the extent of this human-animal relationship. In these didactic stories, the whimsical portrayal of animals and plants is used to illustrate and concretize human action. Aside from human imagination, animals and plants have…

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…

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Frontiers Magazine: WU Review of Health​ is a publication that strives to make transdisciplinary aspects of health and medicine more understandable and relevant to people’s lives. We seek to engage the WashU campus in expanding perspectives of health and medicine in a relatable and easily-consumable way. Enjoy this video as an introduction to our organization…

The Microbiome

From the late 19th century through the 20th century, scientists and physicians have characterized diseases that afflict humans as illnesses caused by germs. Contracting these diseases can be avoided by disinfecting. In the case that we do contract these pathogen caused diseases, doctors are trusted to identify the germ and propose a respective solution.  Discovery…

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