Category: Health

‘Atlas’ of Cells Could Lead to Precision Immunotherapy for Cancer

‘Atlas’ of Cells Could Lead to Precision Immunotherapy for Cancer

Doctors can potentially spot tumors before they take root then deliver a kind of preemptive immunotherapy strike. Immunotherapy is the use of drugs to stimulate the body’s natural immune system. Given enough warning, such...

Life-Extending Discovery Renews Debate Over Aging as a ‘Disease’

Life-Extending Discovery Renews Debate Over Aging as a ‘Disease’

As we get older, NAD+ levels decrease, allowing DNA damage to build up. These mutations aren’t a direct cause of the progressive deterioration associated with aging.  Cells cope with the damage by turning on the...

Fighting cancer by shifting the body’s immune system into overdrive

Fighting cancer by shifting the body’s immune system into overdrive

Within the last year, immunotherapy has become the go-to treatment for late-stage melanoma and other cancers that have resisted treatment. Drugs like Opdivo and Keytruda manipulate the immune system to kill cancer cells. The immune system...

Aggressive form of leukemia ‘wiped out’ by genetically modified immune cell therapy

Aggressive form of leukemia ‘wiped out’ by genetically modified immune cell therapy

Over the past five years, scientists have become good at taking out patients’ immune cells and tweaking them into a genetically modified drug that can hunt down cancer. Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) is the...

The Death Of Bees Explained – Parasites, Poison and Humans

The Death Of Bees Explained – Parasites, Poison and Humans

In 2015 the bees are still dying in masses. Which at first seems not very important until you realize that one third of all food humans consume would disappear with them. Millions could starve....

They were opioid addicts on their way to recovery. Then the hurricane hit.

They were opioid addicts on their way to recovery. Then the hurricane hit.

Methadone is a long-acting prescription opioid primarily used as a replacement therapy for opioid addiction. Patients are prescribed controlled doses of the drug to help them recover from heroin or painkiller addiction. There are...

Spread of Simian Flu: Before the Dawn of the Apes (Year 1)

Spread of Simian Flu: Before the Dawn of the Apes (Year 1)

Amidst a widespread viral outbreak known as the ‘Simian Flu’, a mother is quarantined after testing positive for the virus, leaving her husband and daughter to fend for themselves.

Was the Origin of Life a Fluke? Or Was It Physics?

Was the Origin of Life a Fluke? Or Was It Physics?

Understanding the origin of life is arguably one of the most compelling quests for humanity. This quest has inevitably moved beyond the puzzle of life on Earth to whether there’s life elsewhere in the...

Ken Jeong Answers Medical Questions From Twitter | WIRED

Ken Jeong Answers Medical Questions From Twitter | WIRED

Ken Jeong uses the power of Twitter to answer some common medical questions.