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Does the Smallpox Vaccine Provide Protection Against Monkeypox?

Andia Tofighbenam—McMaster Honours Life Sciences 2024 Despite the name, chickens do not give humans chickenpox. Wouldn’t it be nice if the same could be said about monkeypox? Human monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease (spread between humans and animals), first discovered in laboratory monkeys in 1958, at the State Serum Institute in Denmark (1). The…

Brewing Up a Defense: The Potential of Green Tea in Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease

Tiana Castiglione—McMaster Honours Life Sciences 2026 Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is characterized by the progressive deterioration of cognitive function. This fatal disease, resulting in memory loss, is the most common cause of dementia.¹ In 2017, there were approximately 76,000 new dementia cases per year, accounting for an AD prevalence of 7.1%.¹ It is anticipated that these…

Unlocking the Secrets of Proteins with Alphafold2: A Breakthrough in Bioinformatics

Rubani Suri—McMaster Health Sciences 2026 The word “protein” has an ever-changing definition throughout our lives. As children, we often unknowingly consume protein in the form of nuggets or hamburgers. As we reach adolescence, proteins often appear on food guides and in our biology classes through the form of polypeptides and amino acids. However, not until…

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the Time of COVID-19: Understanding the Connection

Bhavana Soma—McMaster Life Sciences 2024 Imagine constantly feeling tired to the point where it is difficult to perform daily activities, having no amount of rest make you feel energized, having difficulty sleeping, taking a long time to recover after physical activity, and having issues with thinking, concentrating and remembering. This miserable slew of symptoms that…

Seawater Desalination: A Solution to Water Scarcity

Saad Iqbal—McMaster Molecular Biology & Genetics 2024 All living organisms on our planet require water to survive. Humans, plants, animals, and bacteria, would all perish without water. It is easy to believe that we will always have water, as water covers approximately 71% of the earth.1 However, only 3% of the world’s water is fresh…

Exploring the Latest Advances in Narcolepsy Research

Zahra Alam—McMaster University Life Sciences 2024 Narcolepsy is a chronic and neurological sleep disorder, where the brain is unable to control the sleep-wake cycle. This results in excessive daytime drowsiness, sudden and recurring attacks of sleep, hallucinations, sleep paralysis, and disturbed sleep [1]. Narcolepsy is deemed to be a rare condition, as less than 2%…

How does Remote Patient Monitoring Facilitate Care?

Pooja Sharma—McMaster Life Sciences (Honours) 2023 Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability, causing two-thirds of deaths in Ontario1. 80% of adults over the age of 45 have a chronic condition and almost 70% suffer from more than one chronic condition1. As expected, this comes with an economic cost, one that costs…

How 3D Printing will Shape the Future of HealthCare

Mariam Abdel-Baset—McMaster Life Sciences 2023 Close your eyes and think of a hospital. What is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it doctors and nurses running around from room to room? Do you think of a hospital drama and your favourite character? Or is it a big and modern building filled with a…

Personalized Cancer Vaccines

Danielle Zak—McMaster Life Sciences OOD 2024 Cancer is a disease, resulting from a mutation which causes cells to divide uncontrollably1 and skip cell cycle checkpoints. This results in a tumor, a mass of damaged cells 1left undestroyed.  Tumors are classified as either benign or malignant. Benign tumors are not able to spread 1to  other regions…

Blockchain and its Applications in Medicine

Alicia Tran—McMaster Software and Biomedical Engineering, 2023 With the fast rate at which technology is developing during today’s day and age, many novel digital solutions are making their way to solve problems in new contexts. Blockchain is one such buzzword being thrown around in recent years. A Surface-Level Look The main characteristic of a blockchain…

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