Immune System

The T Lymphocyte

Jul 07, 2020

By Alan Curtis As humans, we are constantly interacting with our environments: we sit on the couch, we ride in cars, we go for walks, we swim in rivers, lakes, and oceans, we (used to) get on planes.  The number of ways we experience and manipulate our environment leaves us susceptible to injury and disease […]

What the heck is the spleen?

Feb 21, 2020

By Jenna Beam Let’s level with each other – everyone has a spleen, everyone knows that everyone has a spleen, but does anyone know what the spleen is for?  Until a few years ago, I had no idea what the spleen was for. Was it like the appendix – a vestigial structure, leftover from millenia […]

Les Measle-ables

Dec 05, 2019

By Jenna Beam  If you’ve been alive at any point since 1998, chances are you’ve heard about the anti-vax movement. As a part of this movement, parents refuse to vaccinate their children. This movement was started on the back of a “study” (it was a scam) that falsely claimed a link between vaccines and autism […]

CAR T-cell therapy

Nov 14, 2019

By Devina Thiono In 2019, around 1.8 million new cancer cases are expected in the U.S. 12,000 out of this number are children aged 1-14, with leukemia accounting for a third of children cancer cases. Leukemia is a cancer that affects the blood. The main targets of leukemia are white blood cells, whose job is […]

Vaping: An Attack on Your Immune System

Nov 08, 2019

By Carolina Herrera Vaping is safer than smoking tobacco you say? Tobacco smoking in the U.S. has decreased, however due to this decline, tobacco companies have promoted electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) as safer alternatives to tobacco cigarettes. E-cigs are battery-operated devices that produce aerosols by heating up nicotine, flavorings and other components. However, what people don’t […]

Autoimmunity: How T cells go wrong

Apr 04, 2019

By Christian Agosto-Burgos Every single day we are all exposed to thousands of nasty and tiny pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses and fungi that could harm us. Thankfully, we all have an immune system that protects us from the harm these microorganisms could induce. Sometimes the immune system of certain individuals becomes confused and cannot […]

Chlamydia is Sneaky

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By Clare Gyorke I’m sure many of you remember the movie, “Mean Girls“ and have heard Coach Carr’s famous caution that “if you touch each other, you will get chlamydia, and die.” As it turns out, he was sadly misinformed. Though it cannot kill you, Chlamydia trachomatis is actually the most common bacterial sexually transmitted […]

The Flu and You

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By Christina Marvin If you have not come down with the flu yourself, you most likely have had a friend or family member who has. It rears its ugly head each year, infecting those it comes in contact with and discriminating against no one. If you’ve been following this blog, you may have read about […]

Wet Hair, Colds, and the Truth About Viruses

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By Michelle Engle As kids, we are often told, “don’t go outside with wet hair, you will catch a cold!” Is there any truth to this old saying, or is it just a persistent myth? Knowing the difference between myths and scientific facts is important for making educated decisions. But what’s even more important is […]

Why the Flu Shot Rocks

Nov 30, 2017 https://www.nobelprize.org/educational/medicine/immunity/immune-detail.html

By Clare Gyorke When I say the flu sucks, I’m not talking about the cold you get every year – you feel crappy for a day or two, but not so crappy that you can’t watch Netflix. I’m talking about the one that starts out feeling like a cold, but progresses to feeling so bad […]