Doctor Column

The Amazing B Cells and Immunotherapy

Like an office building using a surveillance system and a man to identify and prevent unwanted visitors from entering the premises, the immune system uses an army of specialized cells and organs to identify, and prevent foreign invaders from debilitating our bodies. An indispensable part of the body’s defense system includes B and T cells which are special units of the immune system. They play a crucial role 24/7 in searching and destroying the relentless onslaught of harmful viruses, bacteria, cancer cells and toxins.

How Music Therapy Works — Nine Revealing Q & A’s

Music can be a powerful tonic or a painful memory and many things in between. It surrounds us at home, in the car, and even in the elevator. It’s ubiquitous. Governments unify a nation with their anthems. The military arouses its army with their patriotic melodies. Religions use it as part of their rituals. Families observe togetherness with music; for example, at birthdays, weddings and funerals. And music therapists use it to promote your health and well-being. How did the therapeutic use of music start? And what is it? What follows are questions and answers about music therapy.

Vaccines Before and After the COVID-19 Pandemic Kudos to Drs. Kariko and Weissman Connection

“Traditional Vaccines, I noted, “are made of whole or parts of dead or weakened viruses or bacteria. Once a person is vaccinated against a specific virus, for example, the Hepatitis B virus, the immune system manufactures neutralizing antibodies against that virus. It also puts the ‘face’ of the virus into its memory bank. The next time the person is exposed to the hepatitis B virus, the immune system recognizes its face and sets in motion a series of actions: to locate, kill, and remove it from the body.”

The Discovery of How Muscles and the G. I. Tract Affect Long Covid? Serotonin, Mitochondria and Long COVID

COVID is an unfinished story. The early chapters of SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19 were written after the virus was initially identified in December 2019. The following spring, March of 2020, the World Health Organization declared it a global pandemic. Effective vaccines and treatments were developed to manage COVID-19 patients. What became apparent were the worrisome symptoms which persisted after the acute phase of the disease. The constellation of those symptoms were called “Long COVID.”

Historic First Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Anemia

Britain’s medicines regulators in November 2023 approved the gene editing technology, CRISPR-Cas9, for the treatment of genetic diseases, such as sickle cell disease and thalassemia. This is the first licensed treatment aimed at curing the above two diseases. Much credit belongs to 2020 Nobel Prize laureates Jennifer Doudna. and Emmanuelle Charpentier for their innovating, landmark gene editing work.

Uncovering Seven (7) Risk Factors That Boost the Likelihood of You Getting Covid-19, Flu, or RSV

Our immune system’s job is to protect us against foreign invaders, including respiratory viruses such as COVID-19, Flu and RSV. On September 4th of this year, 72 year old First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, for the second time tested positive for Covid-19. Mrs. Biden initially tested positive for this virus in August 2022. Might her immune system be less than optimal, placing her at greater risk and making her more vulnerable to respiratory viruses and COVID-19?

Part 2: The Kidneys .. ‘Unsung Powerhouses’ .. How Do They Keep Us Alive?

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs located at the back of the upper abdomen just below the rib cage. The ureters connect the kidneys to the bladder. The kidneys are remarkable, unsung powerhouses of the body that flush out waste products into urine and redirect vital substances back into the bloodstream. They play a crucial role in controlling our blood pressure, producing red blood cells, building strong bones, and maintaining the body’s overall health.