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Pathology

Flu Vaccines Are Nothing to Sneeze At

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: time to get your flu vaccine! Let’s explore the Spanish flu epidemic, the development of the flu vaccine, and what the flu vaccine is like today. The Spanish flu pandemic  The Spanish flu, one of the ...
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Pathology

The Dirt on Diabetes: The Basics of a Chronic Disease

Diabetes is a disease that’s becoming more and more common. It’s been estimated that by 2045, there will be 700 million people aged 20-75 with known ...
Pathology

How the “Crown Jewel of Epidemiology” Changed How We Look at Heart Disease

Did you know that Framingham, Massachusetts is home to both Visible Body HQ and one of the most important longitudinal medical studies in human ...
Pathology

All About Itching

Are you itching to learn about itching?  Everybody itches, but it turns out that the cause of pruritus (the formal term for itching) is more ...
Pathology

How Does Caffeine Affect the Body?

Did you know that caffeine is the most popular drug in the world? About 90% of North American adults consume caffeine daily, and the demand for ...
Pathology

A Heated Discussion: Heat Exhaustion, Heat Stroke, and Other Heat-Related Illnesses

Summer is coming. Not quite as ominous-sounding as “winter is coming,” perhaps, but summer carries a series of health emergency risks that are ...
Pathology

How Does Anesthesia Work?

It’s difficult to imagine undergoing surgery without anesthesia, and it would have been impossible to develop modern surgical techniques without it. ...
Pathology

Endometriosis: A Common but Misunderstood Disorder

Endometriosis may be the most common disorder you’ve never heard of: if you have a uterus and you’re between the ages of 25-40, there’s a 5-10% ...
Pathology, Biology

Four Brilliant Black Scientists from the 20th Century

To celebrate Black History Month, let’s explore the stories of Marie M. Daly, Charles Richard Drew, Ernest Everett Just, and Jane C. Wright: four ...
Pathology

What We Know—And Don’t Know—About Long COVID

Some experts have called it “our next national health disaster.”  For almost two years, much of the medical research community has focused on ...