Why Public Health Depends Upon Antimicrobial Stewardship

Public health is facing a looming crisis. However, unlike many more obvious public health emergencies, the majority of us may not recognize or realize the culprit: antimicrobial resistance. As hundreds of thousands of patients come face-to-face with health issues related to antibiotic-resistant infections, the scientific community must address the significance of antimicrobial stewardship and its Read more about Why Public Health Depends Upon Antimicrobial Stewardship[…]

Nanotechnology and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Nanotechnology refers to the manipulation of molecules for large-scale manufacturing purposes. It is a broad field of science, which combines chemistry, physics, energy storage, microfabrication, and molecular engineering. Recently, it has been popularized by its role in nanomedicine for the COVID-19 vaccine. (1) Currently, with the introduction of mRNA vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna, the importance of Read more about Nanotechnology and the COVID-19 Vaccine[…]

The ACE2 Receptors

Could this explain why some are more susceptible to COVID-19? The SARS-CoV-2 virus gains entry to the epithelial cells lining the respiratory tract by way of the ACE2 (angiotensin-converting enzyme 2) receptor. This is the protein to which the viral spike proteins attach in order to gain entry into the cell. If we knew more Read more about The ACE2 Receptors[…]

Can COVID vaccine technology be used against cancer?

Information on messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines is frequently in the news due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, since mRNA technology is used in the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines against SARS-CoV-2. Long before the start of the pandemic, however, researchers have been trying to use this technology to treat cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third leading Read more about Can COVID vaccine technology be used against cancer?[…]

Flu Season…Where are you?

As COVID-19 presses forward, it is easy to look back at the past year and see nothing but the ruin left behind by the pandemic. However, as 2021 advances, there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Unlike previous years, the 2020-2021 flu season has diminished immensely. Healthcare workers are reporting Read more about Flu Season…Where are you?[…]

SARS-CoV-2 Variants: A New Public Health Crisis?

Many states are relaxing restrictions amid both vaccination efforts and slowly decreasing case numbers, however, scientists warn that this pandemic is far from over. Researchers are working to gather more information about the SARS CoV-2 and its variants while the virus continues to mutate. So, what are variants? Complex recombination across genetically similar viruses plays Read more about SARS-CoV-2 Variants: A New Public Health Crisis?[…]

Probiotics – Current Benefits of an Old Idea

Can they assist with COVID-19 immunity? The idea of probiotics is for centuries something well known in other cultures. Many old cultures count with them in yogurts, kefirs and even something thought to be new but made recently popular by savvy Hollywood stars, called: Kombucha. A group of researchers looked at Malaysian Kefir, made from fermented grains Read more about Probiotics – Current Benefits of an Old Idea[…]

How Does The COVID-19 Virus Affect Our gut Microbiome?

A SARS-CoV-2 infection affects many organ systems in the body, including the gut microbiome and the 100 trillion bacterial that make up this important part of our bodies and its immune system.

T cells vs Antibodies – The Unsung Warriors Against COVID-19

A novel test for T cells show great promise in detecting immune status Antibodies often steal the spotlight when talking about immunity, but they are not the only protagonist in the immune system. T cells are specialized defenders activated in the adaptive immune response. They multiply and differentiate into cytotoxic, helper, or regulatory t-cells. These Read more about T cells vs Antibodies – The Unsung Warriors Against COVID-19[…]

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