A Limited Cure for a Different Viral Epidemic: HIV and Stem-Cell Therapy

By Stephanie Baringer Photo Credit: Needpix.com Amidst the chaos surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, other areas of the virology field have continued to advance. In early March, it was announced that Adam Castillejo, a 40-year old man from London, was cured of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is a virus that weakens the immune system by … Continue reading A Limited Cure for a Different Viral Epidemic: HIV and Stem-Cell Therapy

Lessons on flattening the curve: Evidence in favor of widespread testing and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Ryan Hylton "We've got a choice to make. Do we want to follow the trajectory of a South Korea, where they had aggressive mitigation measures and everyone really leaned into this issue, or do we want to follow the trajectory of Italy where we're seeing a rapid increase in cases and more deaths?"1 The … Continue reading Lessons on flattening the curve: Evidence in favor of widespread testing and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic

The liar, the snitch and the microbe: Tips to identify fake news in social media

By Stephen Matthews Social media provides a fantastic avenue for information to spread. It allows people all over the world to instantly access photos, stories and new information, as soon as it is uploaded. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of information being shared, and the freedom by which this is done, incorrect information can … Continue reading The liar, the snitch and the microbe: Tips to identify fake news in social media

Media and Medical Science: The Misinformation Age

By Elizabeth Lesko From the anti-vaccination movement to the current panic over COVID-19, the mass media plays a critical role in providing information about medical science to the general population. While media coverage of medical research has the benefit of raising public awareness and therefore increases interest and potential funding for understudied areas, it also … Continue reading Media and Medical Science: The Misinformation Age

Virology terminology you need to know for COVID-19

By Jillian Carmichael, PhD Credit: BioRender By now, you’d need to be living under a rock to have not heard about the new coronavirus. COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic by the WHO (World Health Organization) on Wednesday. As of Friday, March 13, there are more than 1600 diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the US and … Continue reading Virology terminology you need to know for COVID-19

It’s more than just architectural damage

Credit: Pexels from Pixabay The moment you hear the word “earthquake,” your mind might jump to natural disasters like the major earthquake that rocked San Francisco in 1906, claiming its title as the worst and deadliest earthquake in United States history. Earthquakes occur all over the world at a rate of 20,000 quakes a year—equating … Continue reading It’s more than just architectural damage

The good, the bad, and the misunderstood: Understanding ingredients in plant-based “meats”

Credit: Thomas Ulrich from Pixabay In today’s day and age, it is incredibly easy to search the internet and find answers to any question you may have. This increased access to information provides an easy avenue for misinformation to spread. With the abundance of searchable information available, it can be difficult to determine which pieces … Continue reading The good, the bad, and the misunderstood: Understanding ingredients in plant-based “meats”

Something BIG is happening at Penn State!

What is BIG? BIG, “Business and Innovation Group” is a newly inaugurated group at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. Previously known as the “Hershey Medical Consulting Group”, the organization was rebranded toward the end of 2019 to more accurately represent the mission of the group. We are currently represented by Dr. Kevin Harter, Director … Continue reading Something BIG is happening at Penn State!