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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.

Gene Editing As A Treatment for HIV

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Taking gene editing from the realm of science fiction to medical reality. The term  ’gene editing’ sounds like something out of a science fiction movie. It seems like something that would be used in a plot to create a master race or defeat alien attackers. In reality, scientists are using this technique to treat diseases   …Continue Reading

How Intensive Care Is Linked To Cognitive Deficits

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Patients at the ICU often show dementia-like symptoms. Recently, a lot of attention in the scientific community has been focused on patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) who go on to develop cognitive deficits. Cognitive deficit or impairment is a general term that can cover many symptoms, such as memory loss or impairment, difficulty   …Continue Reading

Light Activated Glue Could Drastically Improve Vascular Surgery

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Treating hearts like windshields. A few years ago, a rock hit the windshield of my car while I was driving and left a star-shaped crack in the glass. When I took the car to get it fixed, the technician filled the crack with a resin and then shone UV light on it to harden the   …Continue Reading

Machine Made Body Parts

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 3D printed skin may be stronger than mother nature’s. I first heard about this while I was watching Grey’s Anatomy. Meredith was trying to print a 3D model of a liver, and I thought “That’s cool, but it will never happen.” As it turns out, I was wrong – it’s already happening. A group in   …Continue Reading

Scientists Detect Alzheimer's In Patient's Blood

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Are we close to a practical test for Alzheimer’s? It’s no news that Alzheimer’s disease is a serious problem. 1 in 9 people over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s, and 1 in 3 seniors of age 85 and older have the disease. In addition to wide-spread, the condition is debilitating, time-consuming, and expensive   …Continue Reading