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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.

Seeing Red: A New Way To Predict Preeclampsia

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 New Congo red test predicts development of preeclampsia with pregnant women What is preeclampsia? Preeclampsia is serious pregnancy complication, characterized by an increase in blood pressure and an increase in the protein content of the mother’s urine. Preeclampsia occurs in ~2-8% of pregnancies, and if untreated can lead to eclampsia, resulting in seizures, liver damage,   …Continue Reading

Get Your 8 Hours Sleep: How Your Brain Makes Memories

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Studies confirm your teacher’s advice about getting enough sleep Conventional wisdom says that sleep is an important part of learning (remember your teachers telling you to get a good night’s sleep before a big test?), but what is your brain actually doing while you are sleeping? Memory Memory is the process of encoding, storing, and retrieving   …Continue Reading

Why Measles, Whooping Cough (And Autism) Are Expanding

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How fear is making people sick: decreasing herd immunity. Preventable diseases such as whooping cough and measles are more prevalent now than they have been in many years. Most of these outbreaks occur in places where vaccination levels are low. What does this mean for the global population, both vaccinated and unvaccinated? How vaccines work The   …Continue Reading

Do Women’s Brains Make Them Better Parents?

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Spending time with their child influences both father’s and mother’s brain. Scientists have been studying the differences in male and female brains for a long time. As imaging technology has become more advanced, more experiments are being done to test the theory that the brains of men and women operate differently. There’s an age old   …Continue Reading

Why Missing Genes Could Save Lives

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The Human Knockout Project: a new twist on the human genome. The Human Genome Project (HGP) is an international scientific research project with the goal of determining the sequence of chemical base pairs which make up human DNA. The project was a massive undertaking, which spanned more than a decade and cost $3 billion dollars.   …Continue Reading