An eBook on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for cancer

Cover letter for "Brief list of CAM strategies to Prevent and Treat Cancer"
Cover letter for “Brief list of CAM strategies to Prevent and Treat Cancer”

Brief list of CAM strategies to Prevent and Treat Cancer” is a little eBook to know about the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments that can be used in cancer. Complementary medicine is used along with mainstream medicine (i.e. to support the mainstream cancer treatment such as chemotherapy or surgery). On the other hand, alternative medicine is used without mainstream medicine such as some plants or their products as, for example, products obtained from ginger or Madagascar Periwinkle. Read More …

EBook – CRIQS (Cancer – Research Ideas, Questions, and Suggestions) – Edition-3

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Cancer – Research Ideas, Questions, and Suggestions (CRIQS) – 3 (eBook cover)

This article has some points from 3rd edition of eBook “CRIQS (Cancer – Research Ideas, Questions, and Suggestions)”.

Cancer is the second most important cause of death in the U.S., and would soon surpass deaths caused by heart diseases. In men, prostate, lung and bronchus, and colorectal cancers account for about 50% of cases, whereas in women, breast, lung and bronchus, and colorectum cancers account for about 50% of cases.

In cancer research, most commonly studied organs are breast, lung, and prostate, and chemotherapy is most commonly studied therapeutic strategy. In the past few years, scientists have started giving increased level of consideration to advanced forms of cancer.

One of the most important issues in cancer research is that very few percentage of cancer patients (you can see the percentage in the eBook) actually take part in cancer research.

In the research on cancer, we can use some methods/instruments/processes such as acoustic-based microfluidic device, genome-wide expression profiling, immunohistochemical assessment, Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), and sequencing technology. We can also take the help of certain software or packages such as various R-packages (you can find the examples of R-packages in the eBook.)

Cancer stem cells, making about 5% of a tumor, have the ability to live even after treatment with chemotherapy or radiation. These cells are thought to be resistant to most of the conventional therapies. They can spread the cancer to other areas. On a further note, cancer cells can develop an ability to deceive the immunity by hiding from the immune system. Moreover, they may use the cells of the immune system to live and grow.

These are some of the points from the eBook “CRIQS (Cancer – Research Ideas, Questions, and Suggestions)”. You can find a number of research ideas, questions, and suggestions in the eBook.

Your purchase of the eBook will help me in doing more research on cancer.

Detection of Alzheimer’s disease with a digital pen

Drawing of people in different conditions (Source: MIT News)
Drawing of people in different conditions (Source: MIT News)

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that is similar to senile dementia except that it begins in the later stages of life, usually after 40 years. Among the first signs and symptoms of the disease are impaired memory along with impaired thought and speech. However, these signs and symptoms appear after a significant damage to the brain.

This disease (along with many other psychiatric problems such as Parkinson’s) can be detected by doctors and experts with the help of drawing and/or writing. However, doctor’s or expert’s opinion matter a lot in detection of such problems, and these problems become apparent only when the patient has already advanced to serious conditions. Without an expert’s opinion, it is difficult to confirm the problem.

Recently, MIT researchers have developed a digital pen that is attached to a custom tracking software. This digital pen can help in finding the condition in early stages by knowing not only what the person draws but also how he/she draws an image or diagram. A simple fact is that healthy people spend more time in thinking, whereas people with memory problems spend a lot more time in thinking and patients of Parkinson’s disease struggle with the process of drawing.

Sources:

MIT News (http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2015/could-pen-change-how-we-diagnose-brain-function-0813)

Souillard-Mandar et al. (2015). Learning Classification Models of Cognitive Conditions from Subtle
Behaviors in the Digital Clock Drawing Test MLJ