IMP-1088: A Cure for the Common Cold Virus

Muhammad Arif, Ph.D.  |  May 24, 2018 We have all experienced that crummy feeling when we get the common cold — the runny nose, sore throat, fever, cough! Plenty fluid, a box of Kleenex, maybe chicken soup, maybe Tylenol when needed and a week later we reclaim our...

Fighting Cancer with Skin Bacteria

Muhammad Arif, PhD and Benjie Blair, PhD  | May 14, 2018 It is amazing how many new drugs are being discovered right under our feet, or in this case, on our skin. Scientists recently discovered a chemical produced by a normal skin microbe that can prevent tumors from...

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT)

Muhammad Arif, Ph.D.  |  March 1, 2018 Look at the title again. Wait, does it mean what I think it means? Yes. Poop transplantation. I'll refer to it as FMT in this article. During a recent flight from New Orleans to Boston, I started reading about FMT and what...

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

Muhammad Arif, Ph.D.  |  February 17, 2018 We know that abusing alcohol will set you up for liver disease later on in life. But what about nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)? NAFLD is a spectrum of chronic liver diseases that includes nonalcoholic fatty liver...