Disease

Roahd Dahl Lost Daughter To Measles

As a homeschooler, I happen to know many "anti-vaxxers" who don't vaccinate their kids. While I understand their concerns, I have my own concerns on the validity of their research (remember when we used to say, "Don't believe everything you read on the Internet?" Somehow that's made a complete reversal), and personally I have witnessed so many kids saved by vaccines that I gladly make the choice to vaccinate and am grateful that I have the science and technology to do so.

Life Cycle of HIV

While knowing we still have painful, life-threatening diseases, many of which are becoming resistant to treatments, is a sobering thought, we do live in an age where we've understood illness better than ever before. At least we don't think we get the flu because the gods are mad at us... okay, some politicians and evangelists may still buy into this but most of us get how bacteria and viruses work. What's even cooler is that there are videos of actual germs and viruses, whether animated by experts or taken in real time, to help us really visualize the concept.

HPV Vaccine

It's not that I don't trust the government. OK, I really don't trust the government. We have all kinds of cover-ups, lies and misleading information as part of our history, present and surely our future. That said, I'm not an "anti-vaxxer." My child has had flu shots, immunizations, and even extra immunizations due to health conditions that she had as an infant. And as much as I want to protect her against cervical cancer, I'm just on the fence about HPV vaccines.

It's Not Necessarily a Yeast Infection

Having resources to help us understand how diseases work, what types of treatments are available and what common patients have experienced is very helpful to modern people looking for answers. It's when we self-diagnose that we start running into problems. Take a standard yeast infection. Many sources say that if the discharge is white and there's no odor, it's not a bacterial infection, but a yeast infection. Plenty of people, however, have discovered that with their bodies, that just isn't the case. Acid reflux is another weird disease.

The Incredible Growing and Shrinking Liver

Did you know that your liver grows during the day and shrinks back to its original size at night while you rest? In a new study published last month, researchers explained that the livers of mice are largest when they are most active and shrink back down when they are sleeping. It makes sense when you think about it: the liver swells while it's working hardest, then relaxes when you relax.

Is the future in regenerative medicine?

With the first head transplant in the works, people are beginning to wonder just how long humans will be able to expand our life spans. It turns out that money is being poured into regenerative medicine research right now, with companies like Goldman Sachs investing hundreds of millions of dollars into the science to attempt to find some kind of fountain of youth.

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