The ability of certain pathogens, such as those which cause malaria, influenza and HIV, to disguise themselves and evade host immunity poses an enormous challenge to developing vaccines against these important diseases. Just what do these bugs have in their wardrobes that enables them to keep outwitting us? Can we find a way to use this knowledge against them?
It is a little over a week since the US Supreme Court delivered its landmark judgment on President Obama’s signature policy achievement in office so far, the Affordable Care Act, which extends medical insurance coverage to additional tens of millions of Americans as well as covering those with pre-existing conditions.
Today is the day where doctors (some not all) take industrial action over government planned pension reforms; its arrival set against a backdrop of great controversy and debate.
Mature medical students come from a more varied background than their undergraduate Contemporaries. Has the rise in tuition fees made studying medicine unattainable to a whole generation of potentially excellent doctors.
For the last few months I’ve been learning all about pain.
HIV treatment continues to be a lifeline for people living with the condition and it is a subject that continues to interest anyone remotely interested in the issue.
If you could take a pill that would instantly improve your memory or increase your ability to make sense of complex ideas, perhaps even make discoveries worthy of a Nobel prize, would you?
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