Category Archives: Immunology

Tanning beds are hazardous to your health.

I tell my students all the time about my three big bads…motorcycles, smoking and sun damage. Motorcycles are great…if you need an organ transplant.  I have worked in a transplant lab where we harvested organs for people needing a functional … Continue reading

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The flu and narcolepsy!?! Seriousl….zzzzzzzz

There was a suspicion/ link made at one point that  swine flu vaccines were causing some individuals to have the disease narcolepsy. From the NIH : sleep episodes can occur at any time. People may unwillingly fall asleep while at work … Continue reading

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Massive Diapedesis event noted in Iowa

Well, technically not immunology: The “Stop, Drop and Roll” event at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, an attempt to set a record for the most people simultaneously executing the fire-safety mantra, unofficially exceeded the current world record by almost … Continue reading

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Is human activity toxic?

Is cancer a product of modern times? In a recent summary in Nature Reviews Cancer, the authors state that it is likely that cancer was rare in ancient times, and may be a product of our toxic, industrialized environment. From … Continue reading

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Meningitis: viral versus bacterial

There are recent  reports out about an outbreak of meningitis in a school district in Oklahoma. Why this hasn’t made national news is that the infections have been verified to be viral meningitis. Viral meningitis (also called aseptic meningitis ) is … Continue reading

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ABO typing-yes it is important

In a just released report from the Pittsburg Tribune-Review , a VA hospital in Pennsylvania gave a Navy veteran the wrong type of blood plasma due to an error in sample handling. The hospital is saying it was underlying medical … Continue reading

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