Posts in April 2016

  1. Placebo-Controlled Studies: High Risk, High Reward

    [ By on April 26, 2016 ]

    Imagine you have Stage 3 breast cancer. A new non-invasive treatment has recently been discovered, however it is yet to be approved by the FDA. Your doctor recommends you participate in the clinical trial, but there is one small issue: there's a chance you won't actually be receiving the possibly lifesaving treatment. Placebo-controlled studies test medical treatments by utilizing a control group which receives a "sham" treatment, perhaps a sugar pill or a medical device which isn't actually turned on, instead of the treatment actually being tested in the experiment. In almost all of these studies, the patients are aware they may not receive the actual treatment, but even the possibility of being able to harness the potential lifesaving powers of ...

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  2. Should there be greater regulation of GMO’s?

    [ By on April 26, 2016 ]

    Just like Dr. Frankenstein lost control of his creation, the danger of GMOs, or “frankenfood,” once they are produced is that they can reproduce in possibly harmful ways for the humans who created them or for the rest of the environment. As technology advances, such as CRISPR, it has become easier to genetically modify organisms. With this increase in GMO’s, we are able to feed more and more people (even though there are still many countries where people are starving). GMO’s are also beneficial in that we are able to insert genes and create plants that are resistant to weeds, insects, and some diseases. We can also produce organisms that have a longer shelf life, can grow in harsher conditions, ...

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