As mentioned in a previous post, the race of the vaccines is ON and more competitive than ever at this point. Well, there seems to finally be some progress in the race. Operation Warp Speed is a federally funded program working hard to produce and deliver hundreds of millions of safe, effective, and affordable vaccines… Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccine: To Get or Not to Get?
Since the very beginning of the outbreak of the novel SARS-CoV-2, pharmaceutical companies from around the world have been racing against not only time, but against each other, as well, to be the first to manufacture an approved vaccine for the coronavirus. Companies have taken many different approaches to this, including protein subunit vaccines, RNA… Continue reading COVID-19: Episode I Lost Count… “Race of the Vaccines”
As most everyone knows, President Trump and the First Lady were recently diagnosed with COVID-19. President Trump was using an experimental antibody drug cocktail (REGN-COV2) manufactured by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals to speed up his recovery, as discussed by Dr. Thomas Campbell, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In his article,… Continue reading Antibodies for COVID treatment
Watching the movie “Contagion” was definitely a strange experience during these strange times. At several different points in the movie, I found myself either laughing or cringing at how relatable some of the situations seemed to be (in particular, Matt Damon forcing hand sanitizer onto his daughters hands after leaving the grocery store). While the… Continue reading Real life “Contagion”
We’ve all been prescribed an antibiotic at some point in our lives, whether it was for a mild infection or something more severe. Either way, most everyone is familiar with the term “antibiotic medication” and the immense potential that these medications have in fighting bacterial infections! Personally, I have had so many ear infections in… Continue reading Antibiotics aiding in the anti-antibiotic problem
With medical technology and disease therapy advancing by the day, it shouldn’t be surprising that today’s researchers are finding ways to edit the human genome for both medical and non-medical purposes. One of the current systems used to do this is called the CRISPR Cas9 system and is a bacterial gene editing complex that allows… Continue reading Bacterial Gene Editing Incorporated into Humans: This is CRIPSR technology
At this point, I assume that everyone is pretty familiar with “the pandemic,” in reference to COVID-19. That word has been thrown around more than any other word in the past 7 months, in my opinion. But now, there’s a new term floating about: “the Twindemic.” What could this possibly mean, you might ask. The… Continue reading First the Pandemic, Now a Twindemic…
Recently, there has been a lot of debate about whether or not wearing a face mask or covering is actually doing anything to prevent transmission of the novel Coronavirus. Honestly, at the very beginning of this whole situation (back in March), I was pretty embarrassed to be wearing a mask in public because I felt… Continue reading To Wear or Not to Wear: What’s Really the Deal with the Masks?
While browsing some information about micro biomes and their important in disease presentation and management, I came across some interesting articles that explored specifically the micro biomes role in managing Crohn’s disease. I was unfamiliar with what this disease was, so I did some research on the internet and found this great resource published by… Continue reading Crohn’s Disease and the Microbiome
My name is Savanna Hagler and I am in my last semester here at UNC. I am from the Charlotte, NC, area and am studying exercise and sport science and neuroscience. My future plans are to attend PA school within the next three years. I love memes and making my friends laugh. In my free… Continue reading My COVID-19 Journey (thus far…)
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