Trispecific Antibodies in Anticancer Immunotherapy

Ashley Goland ’23 Immunotherapy is a form of cancer treatment that utilizes the body’s own immune system to destroy cancerous tumors and has shown promise in past animal and clinical human trials. For all of its dazzling successes to date, however, immunotherapy is not completely effective for treating the full range of cancer types and patients— yet. Scientists working in Sanofi Research and Development believe … Continue reading Trispecific Antibodies in Anticancer Immunotherapy

Cryopreservation of semen without using egg yolk

Panayiota Siskos ’23 Cryopreservation of semen conserves genetic information and allows fertilization via artificial insemination. Egg yolk is an ingredient of bull semen extender, which buffers sperm from temperature and environmental stressors. However, egg yolk composition is very variable between different producers. Cholesterol is a molecule that strengthens membrane structures. Increasing cholesterol content in sperm plasma membrane increases cryotolerance, allowing sperm to survive freezing temperatures. … Continue reading Cryopreservation of semen without using egg yolk

Our Health Can Affect Our Appearance on Social Media

Ayesha Azeem ‘23 Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, social distancing is in full effect, and one of the few ways in which we can remain in touch with our loved ones is on social media. Social media encompasses a large part of today’s generation’s lives; we present an ideal version of ourselves online, controlling how we want to be perceived by the world. Recently, … Continue reading Our Health Can Affect Our Appearance on Social Media

Dexamethasone as a Possible Treatment for Patients Diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Simran Kaur ‘20 Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is characterized by the build-up of fluid in the alveoli of the lungs, the main sites of gaseous exchange, causing a lack of oxygen in the body. ARDS is caused by sudden trauma to the lungs, and there currently is no pharmacological treatment for the condition. Researchers in the study sought to determine the efficacy of dexamethasone, … Continue reading Dexamethasone as a Possible Treatment for Patients Diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Breast Cancer Metastasis Hypothesized to be Affected by Type of Administered Anesthesia

Simran Kaur ‘20 Complete surgical resection of breast tissue, known as a mastectomy, is often suggested as the first-line treatment in patients diagnosed with breast cancer. Metastasis, the spread of cancer cells to other parts of the body, is a frequent occurrence after surgery and is the primary cause of cancer-related deaths. It was hypothesized by the researchers in this study that the type of … Continue reading Breast Cancer Metastasis Hypothesized to be Affected by Type of Administered Anesthesia

Higher Education Correlates to Later Onset of Alzheimer’s

Priyanshi Patel ‘22 Professors including Sean Clauston, Dylan Smith, and many others of the Public Health and Department of Family, Population, and Preventative program at Stony Brook University wanted to examine the association between education and the incidence of accelerated cognitive decline. Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) affect 5.4 million people in the United States and are the cause of the fifth most common … Continue reading Higher Education Correlates to Later Onset of Alzheimer’s

CT Scoring Method to Predict Mortality of COVID-19 Patients

Priyanshi Patel ‘22 In December 2019, many pneumonia cases linked to seafood and wet animal wholesale emerged in Wuhan, China and now comprise a global pandemic. The virus is related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus (MERS-CoV) and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome virus (SARS-CoV). The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 disease has been named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and has very contagious characteristics. … Continue reading CT Scoring Method to Predict Mortality of COVID-19 Patients

YouTube’s influence during an Infodemic

Gwenyth Mercep ’22 Media platforms have equipped us with better ways to capture and disseminate news and have revolutionized our relationship with novel information. By accepting the ubiquitous and decentralized nature of the internet, we have given up many regulatory components with the heuristic information we consume on it. We are no stranger to the phenomena of information going “viral”. More often than not these … Continue reading YouTube’s influence during an Infodemic

A Psychological Look into Vaccine Apprehension

Gwenyth Mercep ’22 The role of autonomy, or self-reliance, in medical decision making is intertwined with the complex narrative surrounding vaccinations. Vaccinations are a paramount preventative tool responsible for completely eradicating certain diseases and drastically reducing the incidence of others.  Although vaccine hesitancy is often positioned in mainstream media as resulting from pseudoscience or misinformation about safety, psychological traits like reactance can also play a … Continue reading A Psychological Look into Vaccine Apprehension

Nanoparticles May Be the New Future for Cancer Immunotherapy

Gaurav Sharma ’22 Cancer immunotherapy has been extensively explored and requires information of the tumor’s antigen presentation in order for a method to be selected. An approach that is more effective and has a broader range had not been found that did not have the constraint of needing the information of the tumor’s antigen presentation. Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins … Continue reading Nanoparticles May Be the New Future for Cancer Immunotherapy

A Prescription of Video Games for Stroke Patients

Wendy Wu ’22 Stroke, one of the leading causes of death in the United States, occurs when a clot or bleed prevents oxygenated blood from reaching the brain. If not enough oxygen is present, brain cells start to die, which can be fatal. While stroke fatalities have decreased over recent years, brain damage is still common in stroke patients; they are likely to experience problems … Continue reading A Prescription of Video Games for Stroke Patients

Cryopreservation of semen without using egg yolk

Panayiota Siskos ’23 Cryopreservation of semen conserves genetic information and allows offspring to inherit the traits of genetically superior organisms via artificial insemination. Egg yolk is an ingredient of bull semen extender, a liquid diluent that acts as a buffer that protects sperm from changes in temperature and environmental conditions. However,  egg yolk is an ingredient that is hard to standardize due to variations between … Continue reading Cryopreservation of semen without using egg yolk