Guilak recognized for research in cartilage engineering

Farshid Guilak, PhD, the Mildred B. Simon Research Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and co-director of the Washington University Center of Regenerative Medicine, has received the 2021 Elizabeth Winston Lanier Kappa Delta Award for his research involving the treatment of arthritic joints, growing cartilage from patients’ donor cells and seeding them on a scaffold to create a living joint replacement as […]

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Human immune cells have natural alarm system against HIV

Treatment for HIV has improved tremendously over the past 30 years; once a death sentence, the disease is now a manageable lifelong condition in many parts of the world. Life expectancy is about the same as that of individuals without HIV, though patients must adhere to a strict regimen of daily antiretroviral therapy, or the virus will come out of […]

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Lung Cancer Causes

The main cause of lung cancer is smoking, although non-smokers can also develop the condition. Smoking and other risk factors for lung cancer are described below. Smoking is the cause of lung cancer in more than 90% of cases and is the single biggest risk factor for lung cancer. There are more than 60 different toxins in tobacco smoke that can […]

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Using A Peak Flow Meter

A peak flow meter is a user-friendly, portable device that helps measure the ability of the lungs to expel air. It estimates peak expiratory flow rate which is a measure of how rapidly air can be exhaled from your lungs, after taking a deep breath. This gives an idea about how well air is moving through the airways. In cases […]

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What If My Asthma Gets Worse?

Asthma can be kept under control using a variety of measures such as routine checkups, regular peak flow monitoring, following the asthma action plan and avoiding triggers that cause asthma. However, asthma does flare up sometimes without warning. Sudden cough or shortness of breath can happen, usually triggered by some common allergen such as dust or pollen. Asthma can also […]

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Hypothyroidism

The term hypothyroidism refers to an underactive thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located in the neck and is an important endocrine organ that produces the thyroid hormones, important hormones responsible for the regulation of metabolism. Some of the common signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism include weight gain, fatigue, depression, sensitivity to the cold, dry skin and hair, muscle ache, […]

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Autoimmunity Environmental Factors

The environmental factors that may influence susceptibilty to autoimmune disease form an important part of biomedical research. Experts have established that an inverse relationship exists between the prevalence of autoimmune disease and that of infectious diseases. In regions where infectious disease is endemic, the incidence of autoimmune disease is typically low and to some degree, the reverse of this is […]

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Autoimmunity Environmental Factors

The environmental factors that may influence susceptibilty to autoimmune disease form an important part of biomedical research. Experts have established that an inverse relationship exists between the prevalence of autoimmune disease and that of infectious diseases. In regions where infectious disease is endemic, the incidence of autoimmune disease is typically low and to some degree, the reverse of this is […]

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