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I've got a BS in Chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas. I'm currently a doctoral candidate graduating with my Ph.D. in Basic Medical Sciences from the University of South Alabama. I study IgG structural changes in pulmonary arterial hypertension. I enjoy photography and travel, and spend most of my time transporting my two kids to all their sporting events.

Xenotransplants: How a Pig Could Save Your Life

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Turning animals into organ donors for humans is getting more successful. On average, every day in the United States twentytwo people die waiting for organ transplants, and someone is added to the waiting list every ten minutes. Organs must be taken from donors and quickly transported to recipients. In addition to the time limit, donors   …Continue Reading

The Benefits Of A Herpes Infection

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Herpes boosts the immune system and helps fight off other viruses. Between 50 to 80% of all American 40-year-olds are infected with the herpesvirus CMV. “Yuck!” you may well be thinking: painful sores, ungainly blisters and infectious STDs come to mind. Luckily though, the majority of CMV carriers never show any such symptoms. Surprisingly, having   …Continue Reading

Momnesia: Does Pregnancy Really Change The Brain?

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Pregnancy does cause brain alterations, but scientists still disagree about other factors. Momnesia is a slang term for a mother’s seeming inability to remember something for more than 15 seconds. This topic is a little personal for me, because I’m currently hugely pregnant, and today I managed to lock myself out of my house before   …Continue Reading

The Bourbon Virus: Less Fun Than Whiskey

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Deadly tick-borne Bourbon virus remains an incurable mystery. Bourbon, the famous Kentucky drink made from a grain mixture and 51% corn, should make people happy. Unfortunately, when you’re talking about the Bourbon virus, it is not a happy subject. Mysterious illness Bourbon virus was named after the place it was discovered, Bourbon county in Kansas.   …Continue Reading

Linking RAGE in Lung Transplants To Traumatic Brain Injury

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New explanation for failing donor lungs. Lung transplants are the least successful type of organ transplant, with a period of 3-5 years before donor organs show signs of failing and a five year survival rate of approximately fifty percent. Despite this, the number of lung transplants has continued to rise, even as the number of organ donors   …Continue Reading