Monday, September 1, 2014

Cancer gene therapy targeting cellular apoptosis machinery (A promising approaches for cancer treatment)


 1 Apoptosis:  Apoptotic cell death is a genetically programmed mechanism that allows the cell to commit suicide. Apoptosis is critically important for the survival of multicellular organisms by getting rid of damaged or infected cells that may interfere with normal function. Understanding apoptosis in disease conditions is very important as it not only gives insights into the pathogenesis of a ... Read More »

What Would Humanity Be Like Without Aging?


The cover of The Postmortal is one of the coolest images I’ve seen in a long time. Death impaled by his own scythe – be not proud, indeed The idea behind Drew Magary’s great new book is simple: aging, as it turns out, is caused by one gene. Shut that gene off and you stop aging; accidents and disease are ... Read More »

Attack of the Babysitters: Ant Slaves Strike Back


Here’s the latest lesson from the ant world: kidnapped babysitters may not be the most reliable. Evolutionary myrmecologist Susanne Foitzik studies a species of ants that, instead of using its own workers to raise its young, kidnaps larvae from another species and puts them to work as babysitters. But, she’s found, the free labor has a price. Foitzik studied ants ... Read More »

Is Being “Too Short” a Disability?

Is Being “Too Short” a Disability?

Human growth hormone (HGH) is one among the many hormones your body naturally produces. HGH influences growth in that it helps encourage cell reproduction and regeneration. Athletes really like to pretend that HGH makes them more powerful. It might, but it probably doesn’t. Whether it works or not, athletes should be allowed to utilize it. But banning performance enhancers is ... Read More »

Antioxidant Supplements Worsen Lung Tumors, Study Finds


Doctors have long known that taking antioxidant supplements may actually increase the risk for cancer in some people. One new mouse study offers an explanation why. Vitamin E capsule  You see them advertised everywhere, blasted from vitamin-pill packaging and wrinkle cream jars. In theory, antioxidants are supposed to prevent aging and cancer. Yet large studies of people taking antioxidant supplements—including ... Read More »

Pigs and Primates: Addressing the Airborne Ebola Allegation

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has gained international attention, due in part to the recent declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). In turn, public health officials have been asked to enact stricter infection prevention and control measures to ensure spread is minimized. The guidelines stem from the evidence demonstrating the virus can only be transferred ... Read More »

10% Cerebral Capacity Myth

human brain

Recently a movie named Lucy hit the screens that shows the lovely Scarlett Johansson who can use "100% of her cerebral capacity" in the movie. The movie states that humans only use 10% of the cerebral capacity which is clearly a myth.There is no dormant part of the brain that we are currently not using.And there is no barrier that ... Read More »

Experimental Drugs Approved for Use in Fighting Ebola Outbreak in West Africa


The World Health Organization gave a green light to the use of experimental drugs to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with demand for—and questions about—untested treatments growing after two infected Americans received some. Workers have their temperature taken before entering the Freeport area, an important commercial port facility, Monrovia, Liberia, on Aug. 11. Associated Press. A panel of ... Read More »

Some key facts we need to know about Ebola virus disease

Some key facts we need to know about Ebola virus disease

1. What is Ebola virus disease? Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a death rate of up to 90%. The illness affects humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).Ebola first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks, one in a village near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic ... Read More »

UK declares war on antimicrobial resistance

UK declares war on antimicrobial resistance

A new funding collaboration between the biggest health and biomedical research organisations in the UK hopes to make progress against antimicrobial resistance. Geoff Watts reports. In one of his first duties as the newly appointed UK Government Science Minister, Greg Clark has launched a major initiative aimed at tackling antimicrobial resistance. Its strategy encompasses the laboratory, the clinic, and the ... Read More »