The bacterium, Deinococcus radiodurans, is thought to be discovered as a contaminant in radiation-sterilized cans in 1956. The name of the bacterium comes from the Ancient Greek, i.e. deinos and kokkos meaning “terrible grain/berry”, and the Latin language, i.e. radius and durare, meaning “radiation surviving”. The bacterium is also known as Conan the Bacterium. Continue reading “World’s toughest bacterium” – Deinococcus radiodurans
A feeling that develops after the amputation of a limb in which removed limb is still felt to be attached to the body and performing its function is known as phantom limb. Nearly 60 to 80 percent patients have this type of feeling in their missing limb that is mostly painful. But this phantom sensation is not confined to the missing limbs only but it may also occur in other parts of the body after their amputation like removal of tooth leads to phantom tooth pain, whereas extraction of eye causes phantom eye syndrome. Continue reading Phantom Limbs
An unusual and not well explained skin disease that is associated with mysterious fibers originating from the sores on the skin. Morgellons disease is now commonly known as delusional disease. The sores are due to the obsessive scratching and the nature of fibers is not clearly known. Some say that these fibers are cotton threads that might come from the clothing or bandages. On the other hand, some people think that these fibers are due to some infectious process within the cells of skin. Continue reading Morgellons Disease
“When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi is among the bestsellers in the U.S. Kalanithi was an Indian American and was the son of a doctor. He had almost completed his decade of training as a neurosurgeon. This was really a hard profession to do as doctors in this profession see the life, the death, and the worsening of life of patients, and all this lies in few millimeters of cutting. For example, few millimeters of wrong incisions by surgeons could result in huge problems in the life of patients. Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic lung cancer and died at the age of 37 years. Continue reading Paul Kalanithi’s “When Breath Becomes Air” – A review
This video (https://youtu.be/1bMat88QDUE) has some points of thinking in Urdu language. It is talking about: Continue reading Kuch sochnay ki baatein (a video on scientific research in Urdu language)
“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. Continue reading An eBook on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for cancer
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.