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Who and Why They Won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine

The Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine 2018 was awarded on Monday, Oct. 1, to James P. Allison of the United States and Tasuku Honjo of Japan for their work on activating the body’s natural immune system to attack cancer. The result of years of research caused a revolution in the field of medicine. It opened new paths for the treatment of patients who had lost hope. Their success, which came after many researchers had given up


Remembering Henrietta Lacks: Mother of Modern Medical Research

The story begins, like an outstanding amount of other legacies hidden in the roots of this country, with a black woman. The date is August 1, 1920, in Roanoke Virginia. A little girl named Loretta Pleasant is born. She ends up being raised by her grandfather in nearby Clover, Virginia. Loretta grows up, and in 1941, marries a Mr. David Lacks. Somewhere in between these lines, her name changes. Now Henrietta, she has five children


Daily Dose Aspirin Is Not a Savior For the Aged

A daily dose of medication was widely regarded as a way to protect oneself from debilitating health deficiencies like cancer in the future.  However, a recent scientific study by ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) surprisingly reveals such unquestionable faith in low-dose aspirin to be unfounded, closer to a myth than to scientific fact. In retrospect, the long term use of aspirin may even be deleterious for healthy old people who have not

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Happy 70th Birthday NHS

Earlier this year, the National Health Service, commonly known as the NHS, reached its platinum milestone, celebrating its 70th birthday. The National Health Service is the organization run by the British government to supply free and easy healthcare to all citizens of the United Kingdom. The healthcare has been a vital value of the U.K. within the 70 years of being created, supplying free and quick care to all, regardless of class, age, gender, religion


Please Don’t Skip Your Flu Shot

“I hate needles.” “I really don’t have time.” “I never get the flu anyway, why should I bother?” “I don’t care if I get the flu.  I’ve had it before, it’s not that bad.” “It’s too expensive.” These are just some of the common reasons millions of people each other skip out on a flu shot. Some are valid excuses, maybe your family doesn’t have insurance and it really would cost a lot, or you


CVS Is Preparing to Buy Aetna Health Insurance for $69 Billion

CVS is getting ready to acquire health insurance company Aetna for $69 billion, according to recent reports. This would continue the current trend of disrupting traditional divisions in the healthcare industry, which is already bracing for possible instability because of proposed changes to government programs like Medicare. It would also be one of the largest mergers in the history of the healthcare industry. CVS already provides some coverage through a pharmacy benefits manager, or PBM. PBMs


Woman Is the First in U.S. to Give Birth With Transplanted Uterus

It was a monumental moment for both doctors and women in the U.S. when a woman who had a transplanted uterus gave birth, making her the first person to do so in the country. The mother, who was born without a uterus, received the transplant from a living donor last year at Baylor University Medical Centre in Dallas, and had a baby boy there last month, the hospital said on Friday. At the family’s request,


Measles: Why Only Recently Eradicated?

The news that measles has been officially eradicated in the U.K. (eradication in this context meaning that an illness has not been endemic for at least thirty-six months) is a relieving statistic, when this once-common illness can lead to complications as serious as pneumonia and encephalitis. But how can it have taken this long to vaccinate 95% of the British population against measles, when a licensed vaccination has existed for more than fifty years? Measles was well on


Do We Need To Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide?

An Oregon woman who was a cancer patient became the very first reported death that embodied the newly enacted physician-assisted suicide law in 1998. In November of 1997, Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act passed. Since then, it has been one of the few laws in the United States that have enabled legalization of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. The sole purpose of this law is to give rights to those afflicted with terminal diseases, such as

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PMDD: The PMS Nobody Talks About

Most menstruators go through some form of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) in the two weeks leading up to their period, most commonly those in late adolescent years or in their forties. PMS usually involves things like bloating, mood swings, headaches and cramps. PMS is believed to be the combined result of an exaggerated response to hormonal changes, nutritional deficiencies of essential vitamins and minerals and a decrease in serotonin levels. There has also been a small link between

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