Kathy Jean Schultz

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Kathy Jean Schultz

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CAUSE UNKNOWN | Why are Ventura County thyroid cancer rates the highest in the state?

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Mapping Microfluidics’ Future: “Where is the Unknown and How Can We Boldly Go There?”

Renown stem-cell pioneer Dr. Hans Clevers will be a presenter at Cell Symposia in August 2019 in San Diego, USA. In a symposia preview, when queried by an interviewer about how he mentors his Netherlands-based team, Clevers said he guides new scientists by asking, “Where is the unknown and how can we boldly go there?”.

HEAL YOURSELF | Experimental stem-cell treatments gain acceptance

When golf legend Jack Nicklaus publicly announces that his decades-long back pain has been reduced following experimental stem-cell therapy. “I’m not a doctor,” Nicklaus said about his 18 major championship titles and 120 tournament victories. “But I think that stem cells are going to change the direction of orthopedics, totally.”.
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Forging a path to addiction-free painkillers

“It’s not what we hire our staff to do,” a library director said after a man was found dead of an overdose in the library restroom. Overdue books, not overdose deaths, are librarians’ traditional realm. Yet American Libraries Magazine notes that plumbing clogged with needles is now a challenge in many public media centers.

NATURAL HEALING | Experts to explain uses, dispel misconceptions at medical marijuana conference in Ojai

MediCannaCon, the first Ojai Medical Cannabis Conference, is set for May 4 in Ojai, and will focus on the use of Medical Marijuana. The conference is presented by the Ojai Herbal Symposium and the Sespe Creek Collective, and will welcome scientists, healthcare professionals and the general public — anyone who wants to learn about the use of medical marijuana.
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Do No Harm, With Weedkillers

Organoids enter the debate over hefty jury awards, while the scientific jury is still out. DNA evidence forever changed criminology by exonerating innocent people. Yet it has limitations because the absence of DNA does not always mean defendants were not at the crime. “As is its biological wont, DNA has an evolving role in the justice system,” one expert observed.

GUT INSTINCT | Ventura doctor seeks FDA approval of controversial medical technique to save lives

As a “yuk factor,” few topics can compete with poop. Also known as human waste, excrement, feces or fecal matter. Poop being used as medicine scores even higher on the socially unacceptable scale. Yet it can be effective treatment for an infection that causes nonstop diarrhea, a sometimes fatal condition.
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How organoid research might save lives, and curtail animal testing

How organoid research might save lives, and curtail animal testing. Automobile crash-test dummies, when they slam into a wall at high speed, help engineers to analyze the impact, and to see how a crash would injure a live passenger. Crash-test dummies are used for safety evaluations of cars before humans ever get near them.

How stem cell therapies might tackle childhood autism

Scientists are researching whether stem cells might be useful in treating childhood Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD. Brain scans show differences in the shape and structure of certain brain cells in children living with ASD, compared to children who are not living with ASD. Researchers are investigating whether abnormal or atypical brain cells could be replaced with normal cells, by using stem-cell treatment.

Being Able to Build Human Blood Vessels as Organoids from Stem Cells is a Game Changer

The more that is learned about how microfluidic processes control or contribute to cellular change, the sooner science will be able to design a cost-effective medical treatment based on that information. New research on microtubules and blood-vessel organoids augments this. Recent findings by a team of engineering and medical scientists at Stanford University shed new light on how cell components move around and self-renew.

How stem cell research branches out: What Cleopatra knew, and other findings now perched on the medical frontier

How stem cell research branches out: What Cleopatra knew, and other findings now perched on the medical frontier. Despite the efforts of some unscrupulous doctors to douse stem cells’ reputation with snake oil, legitimate ongoing research spills from thousands of clinical trials and research laboratories worldwide.

THE WONDER OF QUEEN BEES | Local scholars study hive habits as bees advance medical research

Beekeeping has been propelled into hot-topic status because bees are showing up on lists of endangered species. “Honeybee and native bee populations have been declining for a long time now, at least over the last decade,” California State University/Channel Islands Associate Professor of Biology Dr.
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Kathy Jean Schultz

Kathy Jean Schultz is a Freelance Medical Writer. Her work has appeared on the Microfluidics Circle, Daily Beast,, the Ventura County Reporter and more. She earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Long Island University and a Master’s Degree in Research Methodology from Hofstra University. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the Association of Health Care Journalists.



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