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Lyme borreliosis or Lyme disease is an infectious disease that is caused by Borrelia bacterium. This disease is spread by ticks and hence, people living near grassy and heavily wooded areas are most likely to get affected. Common symptoms include expanding area of redness on the skin, which appears at the site of the bite, about 1-2 weeks after it occurs. While Lyme disease is completely...

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Roberta Sinatra, along with her group of colleagues, had researched the predictability of discoveries. Sinatra, visiting research assistant professor at Northeastern University and assistant professor at Central European University in Budapest, upon research, said that many paths carry an individual towards making a discovery. Some discoveries are made out of the blue, like  in the case of gravity. Sir Isaac Newton was struck with the...

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Using screws and wires for fixing fractured bones is a common procedure. In fact, in some cases, these may be the only solution. However, what is also common is the probability of these screws causing an infection. It is common for patients to feel an irritation in the operated area, and if on further check-up, the problem is considered severe, the screws and such other...

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Synthetic biology allows scientists to use the concept of both engineering and molecular biology to successfully change the molecular construction of a cell. Using different viruses to get the modification done, they get the cell to act in the desired manner. These re-engineering methods can help treat diseases such as cancer and diabetes, but for a long time, it was unknown, as to how to...

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The evolution of medicine has brought with it higher life expectancy and reduced disease susceptibility. Human beings are safer from diseases now more than ever before. The advent of innovative technology in the form of vaccines and fresh research means that the difference in conditions between now and a hundred years ago is itself stark. In fact, around 1919, the Spanish Flu had broken out...

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Food, water, and medicines are a few necessities without which human life is almost impossible to maintain. In a world infested with disease, where garbage is piled on every second street corner, it is becoming increasingly hard to sustain an existence without medicines. Yet, where food and water are subsidised, nationalised, and available to the masses at cheap rates, prices of medicine and healthcare are...

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Supplemental oxygen therapy

Supplemental oxygen or otherwise known as oxygen therapy is the phenomenon where oxygen is used for medical treatments. This can include low blood oxygen, carbon monoxide toxicity, cluster headaches, and to maintain enough oxygen while inhaled anesthetics are given. Supplemental oxygen can be given in a number of ways including a nasal cannula, face mask, and inside a hyperbaric chamber. Presently, a handful of researchers at...

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Rehabilitation is the act of restoring something to its original state. The noun rehabilitation comes from the Latin prefix re-, meaning “again” and habitare, meaning “make fit.” When something falls into disrepair and needs to be restored to a better condition, it needs rehabilitation. People seek rehabilitation after an accident or surgery to restore their strength, or to learn to live without drugs or other...

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Studying experiences of disability in the US

Sari Altschuler, an assistant professor of English at Northeastern University, uncovers a history of the imagination in medicine in her first book, ‘The Medical Imagination’. She has been awarded a scholarship at Wellesley College’s Newhouse Center for the Humanities. The college will help her fully focus on her second book which will be titled- ‘Able: Disability and the Cultures of Citizenship in the Early United...

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Antibiotic resistance has been a growing public health concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug-resistant infections account for 2 million infections and lead to 23,000 deaths in the US and around 700,000 people worldwide per year.   According to Thomas Webster, a professor of Chemical Engineering at the Northeastern University, microscopic particles, manufactured by those antibiotic-resistant bacteria, could replace traditional antibiotics and provide a solution to the...

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