Treadmill Exercise Changes the Landscape of a Diseased Brain

By Matthew Lee ‘21 Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative diseases have debilitating effects on the elderly. AD is characterized by the buildup of proteins, subtype amyloid beta (Aβ), which form plaques and can contribute to Tau build up. However, there are multiple means by which to reduce the likelihood of developing AD. Several studies…

Odor from a Rotten Egg Could Combat Hyperglycemia

By Matthew Lee ‘21 Modern industrialized countries are plagued by diseases that usually manifest their worst symptoms after many years. One such condition is hyperglycemia, in which high blood glucose may lead to diabetes and/or atherosclerosis. Jiaqiong Lin of Guangdong General Hospital and a team of researchers investigated how hydrogen sulfide (H2S) could protect human…

Cellular regulation of tumorigenesis

By Matthew Lee ‘21 Scientists and students alike are often well aware that one of the immune system’s most important roles is fighting cancer. In this effort, dendritic cells are especially important; particularly important are conventional type 1 dendritic cells (cDC1). Dendritic cells are a type of immune cell. cDCs can present tumor antigens to…

Figure 1. Blooms in the Sea of Marmara, the smallest sea in the world

Diatom Filtrates are Killing Machines

By Matthew Lee ‘21 Algal blooms are known for their ability to turn an entire body of water a different color. These periodic blooms harm humans, marine species, and aquatic ecosystems. One such species is the benthic dinoflagellate Ostreopsis ovata, most prevalent in the Mediterranean Sea. It has been observed that Ostreopsis may be vulnerable…

Figure 1. The damaging effects of brain-activated inflammation can be mitigated through fasting

The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

By Matthew Lee ’21 It is well known that distress can have negative effects on both the brain and immune system. Previous studies have established that intermittent fasting (IF) can have positive effects on brain function and possibly on lifespan extension. However, IF was never examined for its potential as a source of eustress. A…