Tech and Research

Cartilage Circuits Make a Spark

Traditional osteoarthritis (OA) treatment depends on the patient’s ailment and what information they report. Usually, it begins with seeing an orthopedic surgeon to address pain, where they run tests and do scans that can detect the level of OA present in the cartilage. Common problems include cartilage degradation and bone formation, but sometimes these do…

The Scientists Behind the Vaccine

When Pfizer launched its COVID-19 vaccine, news started appearing about BioNTech, the company Pfizer worked with for the development of the vaccine. Unlike Pfizer, BioNTech was not a part of Big Pharma, did not have an international presence and wasn’t behind any medication that was as widespread as the COVID-19 vaccine. The company was owned…

Breakthrough Wound Therapy: Magic? No, Maggots.

Intentionally introducing disease-ridden larvae into an open wound for days at a time sounds like some sort of medieval torture. But maggot therapy, first performed in the early 20th century, has been re-emerging as a useful standard of care and an alternative to amputation. This FDA-approved procedure involves applying germ-free larvae of “medical-grade maggots” to…

COVID-19’s mRNA Vaccines: How They Work and How They are Modernizing the Field of Vaccine Research

With its first case reported in December 2019 and over 110 million cases and 2.5 million deaths officially reported worldwide, COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 [3]. In an attempt to flatten the curve, countries have severely restricted travel, closed down businesses and schools and instituted a mask policy when…

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