Traditional and Modern Medicine: Mutual Growth or Mutually Exclusive?

Traditional medical practice is both a historical artifact in some areas but an actively-circulating practice on others. Cultural texts and depictions of traditional practices have illuminated the evolution of these knowledge systems throughout history. Traditional medicine is generally associated with a variety of practices, both physical and psychological, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and tai chi (Hopp & Shurtleff, 2019). However, since the development of modern scientific and clinical methods, researchers have found many practices of traditional medicine to be ineffective as compared to more modern practices. For instance, acupuncture patients appear to be vulnerable to the placebo effect, in which participants who were given a false treatment experienced similar results to those receiving a real acupuncture treatment.

Small Molecules that Make a Big Difference: Medical Applications of Nanoparticle Engineering

The study of cellular biology has widespread applications and implications in the medical world, and one area garnering increasing attention in modern research is that of nanoparticles. Nanoparticles, or small molecules of 1-100 nanometers in size, can range from naturally occurring biological molecules to lab-engineered proteins. Though these nanoparticles are not naturally synthesized by the human body, the overlap between proteomics and artificial intelligence is a rapidly developing field that promises applications in biochemistry, medicine, archeology, forensics, and more…