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08/17 News Flash 3: Pandemic-related disruptions to HIV programmes in sub-Saharan Africa are a cause for concern

08/17 News Flash 3: Pandemic-related disruptions to HIV programmes in sub-Saharan Africa are a cause for concern

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. While the world focuses on the coronavirus, the need for physical distancing has made access to treatment for other conditions more difficult in some regions. When it comes to HIV, a chronic disease that is

07/15 News Flash 6: COVID-19 in the Brain

07/15 News Flash 6: COVID-19 in the Brain

Image courtesy of Flickr. What if the coronavirus could infiltrate the brain––the organ that makes you who you are, stores all of your memories and holds the power to control your entire body? As terrifying as that may sound, recent

06/15 News Flash 2: The Effect of Large-Scale Anti-Contagion Policies on the COVID-19 Pandemic

06/15 News Flash 2: The Effect of Large-Scale Anti-Contagion Policies on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Global efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus have affected all of our lives. In many ways, the world has stopped in an attempt to stop COVID––a strategy deemed controversial at times due to

06/08 News Flash 3: The Neurobiology of Social Distance

06/08 News Flash 3: The Neurobiology of Social Distance

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. “Social distancing” is a deceiving misnomer. While research has shown that it is important to keep physical distance to curb the spread of the coronavirus, there has never been a time when remaining socially connected

06/08 News Flash 1: University of São Paulo developing COVID-19 vaccine in the form of a nasal spray

06/08 News Flash 1: University of São Paulo developing COVID-19 vaccine in the form of a nasal spray

Image courtesy of Flickr. A new COVID-19 vaccine is being produced in the form of a nasal spray by researchers at the University of São Paulo, in Brazil. Initial tests for this new form of immunization using mice infected with

Drivers Predicting the Future: Using Driver Mutations to Estimate Tumor Growth Patterns

Drivers Predicting the Future: Using Driver Mutations to Estimate Tumor Growth Patterns

Image courtesy of Pixabay. Ever since that split-second in which your parents’ gametes fused to generate your life, the cells that make up who you are have not stopped dividing, even right now. As they replicate, it is likely that

BMI and the Brain: A Hypothalamic Connection

BMI and the Brain: A Hypothalamic Connection

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Whether it is pizza or steak, pudding or cake, the taste, smell, and even the idea of something we love eating can unleash an intoxicating rush of pleasure. Some might compare it to a “high,”

Running Up and Down Your Spine: Imaging the elusive vertebral lymphatic network

Running Up and Down Your Spine: Imaging the elusive vertebral lymphatic network

Image courtesy of Alice Tirard Between our cells lies a concealed, interwoven tapestry of vessels that plays a central role in transporting material all over our bodies. The primary function of these lymphatic vessels is to drain our tissues of

(Mistaken For a) Stranger Danger: What the microbiome can teach us about autoimmunity

(Mistaken For a) Stranger Danger: What the microbiome can teach us about autoimmunity

It is well known that trillions of microorganisms populate our guts and perform a multitude of beneficial functions, including digestion. However, new research by Yale scientists suggests that one of the generally harmless bacteria in our microbiome might be the