Is There a Viral Cause for Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension?

Student guest post Dayna Groskreutz Pulmonary hypertension (PH) refers to a condition in which there is high blood pressure in the vessels carrying blood from the heart to the lungs. Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a subset of PH referring specifically to an increase in the pressure within the pulmonary arteries (rather than the pulmonary […]

Can your pet dog make you sick? Multiple Sclerosis and Canine Distemper Virus

Student guest post by Raj Nair. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory demyelinating disease that affects the central nervous system (CNS) consisting of the brain and the spinal cord [1]. It is thought to be an autoimmune disease since individual’s immune system attacks their own healthy tissues [1]. However, studies to ascertain triggering factors […]

Worms: Are they good or bad for us?

Student guest post by Shylo Wardyn “Of all the parasites I’ve had over the years, these worms are among the… hell, they are the best”. Was Fry from the animated show ‘Futurama’ right in his assessment of worms being good for him? Did he know something about parasitic worm infections that I was unaware of? […]

Potential for common bacteria to cause colorectal cancer

Student guest post by Desiré Christensen Colorectal cancer (aka colon cancer) includes cancers of the colon, rectum, and appendix. Colorectal cancer is more common in developed countries (e.g. United States and Japan) compared to developing countries in Africa and Asia. Each year in the United States, there are around 150,000 cases of colorectal cancer diagnosed […]

Malignant Mesothelioma and Simian Virus 40 (SV40)

Student guest post by Andrew Behan Malignant Mesothelioma (MM) is a rare type of cancer which manifests itself in the thin cells lining the human body’s internal organs. There are three types of MM; pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and pericardial mesothelioma, affecting the lining of the lungs, abdominal cavity, and lining of the heart, respectively […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a Legitimate Excuse for Missing Work

Student guest post by Jay Watson Tired again? Perhaps it’s the crappy weather, because you’re sure that you’ve been getting enough sleep. After all, you can’t remember the last time you spent less than ten hours in bed per night. Hopefully it’s not mono; one of your friends had it a few months ago and […]

The Uncertain Etiology of PMS and a Link to Infectious Disease

Student guest post by Anne Dressler Ninety percent of menstruating women experience some kind of premenstrual symptoms during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, with 20-30% experiencing moderate to severe symptoms. With an even more severe collection of symptoms, is premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). 3-8% of menstruating women report symptoms severe enough to be […]

Schizophrenia: is it preventable?

Student guest post by Zainab Khan Schizophrenia has puzzled and often times scared not only the scientific community, but also the general public since its emergence. Cases of schizophrenia-like behavior have been well documented in history. As this disease has been studied, factors such as genetics, environment, and even personal habits have all been associated […]

Alcohol based mouthwash and Oral Cancer – too much confusion

Student guest post by Francis Mawanda If you are like me, you probably always and almost faithfully, include a bottle of mouthwash on your grocery list especially after watching and/or listening to the numerous commercials in the media which claim that you will not only get long lasting fresh breath, but also freedom from the […]

Aspirin for Heart Attack: What’s Next, Tylenol for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Student guest post by Ron Bedford The NYT (Kolata, 2010) recently published a story we’d all like to believe in. After their “lab’s usual end-of-the-week beer hour,” two Harvard neurology researchers noticed similarities between not only genes associated with both the innate immune system and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), but structures, characteristics, and actions of selected […]