Road To Medicine

Not I nor anyone else can travel that road for you… Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.

– Walt Whitman

Road To Medicine is a page dedicated to highlighting true, real-life experiences in the medical field. We hope that by having this information, our viewers can improve their understanding of what it’s like to be in the medical field.

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Mild exercise shown to immediately increase memory function

University of California- Irvine and University of Tsukuba researchers utilized functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify increased activity in the critical brain areas linked to detailed memory processing. (Picture: Brain scans showing the areas of brain activation following exercise; Credit: Getty/iStock). Even extremely mild exercises can boost the connection between areas of the brain

Glucose and lipid levels in early adulthood found to be associated with Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine found that low HDL, high LDL, and high glucose levels at midlife are all associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease later in life. (Picture: A comparison of a health brain (left) compared to a Alzheimer’s diseased brain (right)). A Boston University research team has found that

New decision support system reduced pneumonia mortality rate by 38%

Intermountain Healthcare researchers have demonstrated the clinical effectiveness of an electronic decision support system (eNPa) for patients with pneumonia. According to a new study by researchers at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, a new electronic decision support system helped clinicians at community hospitals deliver best practice care for emergency department patients with pneumonia, more

Gut metabolite found to affect brain function through reduction of glial cells

A Caltech research team has demonstrated how gut metabolite, 4-ethylphenyl sulfate (4EPS), induces anxiety-like behaviors in mice through the reduction of oligodendrocytes. For the last decade, many papers have been published providing evidence of a connection between the gut microbiome and alterations to both the immune system and brain function. Additionally, individuals with certain neurological

Blood test that identifies risk of Alzheimer’s disease shown to be highly accurate in large study

Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a highly reliable blood test for identifying Alzheimer’s disease, which uses the biomarkers amyloid beta proteins Aβ42 and Aβ40. (Image: Dr. Randall J. Bateman in his lab. Credit: Matt Miller/Washington University) In a large study involving hundreds of patients with various demographics, a

Stimulation of specialized ganglion restores full motor function in mice with Parkinson’s Disease

A research group from the University of Copenhagen have identified a specific area of neurons that when stimulated, restores full movement function in mice presenting Parkinson’s Disease. (Credit: A mouse undergoing deep brain stimulation therapy. Sarah-Anna Hescham/Maastricht University) Parkinson’s disease is a neurological illness in which dopaminergic neurons in the brainstem slowly die. Many individuals

Inhalation-based vaccinations shown to provide long-lasting protection against SARS-CoV-2

The inhalation-based vaccine showed to be equally as effective as currently used COVID-19 vaccinations, at fractions of the current dose. Researchers from McMaster University have demonstrated that an inhalation-based COVID-19 vaccine can give wide, long-lasting protection against the original SARS-CoV-2 strain and variations of concern. The study, which was published in the journal Cell on

New drug delivery system shown to effectively deliver therapeutic levels of gene-editing proteins

A Harvard research team has developed a new generation of virus-like particles, capable of delivering gene-editing proteins with high-specificity.

Adolescent obesity associated with abnormal heart development

A King’s College research team found abnormal cardiac development associated with childhood obesity. These abnormalities included a tilted left ventricle, an asymmetry commonly associated with aortic stenosis patients. Rising obesity rates ranks among the most prevalent global health concerns, with nearly 39% of the global population of adults being considered overweight. Obesity is the 5th

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