The Imminence of the Nosocomial Pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii

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Abstract Though not discussed heavily in major media outlets outside of medical journals, the nosocomial (hospital-acquired) bacteria Acinetobacter baumannii (AB) has been gaining resistance to commonly prescribed antimicrobials. Also known as multidrug resistant (MDR) bacteria, these pathogens sources a multitude of infections in already-ill hospital patients as antibiotics are used to no avail. Such resistance […]

Robots in Surgical Oncology: A Success for Science or Shareholders?

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Robots in Surgical Oncology: A Success for Science or Shareholders?   William Shen Burnaby North Secondary School Burnaby, BC, Canada August 26, 2017   ABSTRACT Surgical removal of tumors remains a primary method for the treatment of solid organ cancers. The widespread adoption of surgical robots in surgical oncology is intended to increase operational precision […]

Investigating the Epidemiology of Borrelia Burgdorferi in the Dorset Area

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Abstract The aim of our project is to use analytical techniques to identify the existence of Lyme borreliosis, commonly known as Lyme Disease in Ticks and investigate the distribution of Lyme borreliosis in the Dorset area. Results are presented from successful and accurate gel electrophoresis using Safe Blue indicator; although only one positive result for […]

What is the potential of the intestinal microbiota as a target for treating obesity in comparison to current bariatric surgical procedures?

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What is the potential of the intestinal microbiota as a target for treating obesity in comparison to current bariatric surgical procedures? By Mohona Sengupta Abstract The purpose of this research is to investigate the role of the intestinal microbiome as a prospective treatment for obesity. In order to assess the potential of this bacterial ecology […]

Tapping the Fountain of Youth: Stem Cells and the Promise of Regenerative Medicine

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  Report on a talk by Professor Paul J Fairchild   By Patrick McCubbin   On Saturday 25th March, Professor Paul J Fairchild of the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, gave an informative lecture at Abingdon School, as part of the ATOM Festival [1]. Professor Fairchild described how pioneering stem cell […]

A Possible Consequence of Intravenously Infusing Antibodies into the Immune System

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Acute Tubular Necrosis (ATN) From Intravenous Immune Globulin (IVIG) Treatment for Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) Abstract: Infusions of IVIG are used to treat immune deficiency states, autoimmune disorders, and infections. IVIG Explanation and its relation to the Immune System: The immune system is a network of tissues and organs that work to defend the […]

How can cancer be targeted without killing healthy cells?

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Targeted Therapy: a tremendous solution Abstract: Targeted therapy is a relatively new method of curing cancer that uses drugs to attack targets on which cancer cells’ growth closely depend. [1] By attacking the proteins or enzymes responsible for their abnormal growth, its effects are amplified. Targeted therapy is successful in curing many cancer patients, it […]

Possible Influence of Plant Clusters Mounted Next to Waters on the Water Quality

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Abstract The eutrophication of natural waters is a common problem. Eutrophication describes the accumulation of nutrients (especially phosphorus and nitrogen compounds) which stimulates the growth of organisms (mainly phytoplankton). This results in a lack of oxygen and ultimately in the death of living beings in the water. This study investigates the effect of stored plants […]

Does Classical Music Improve Short Term Memory?

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A study by Zurafa Sakel.   Abstract The aim of this study is to explore whether classical music can improve short term memory in healthy volunteers. This may help learning of healthy people. It may also have a positive impact on communication and interaction as well as reducing agitation in dementia patients. This standardised prospective […]

The Importance of Disinfection to Reduce Pathogen Spread in Agriculture

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Abstract This paper investigates the importance of regular disinfection of farm equipment as part of an effective biosecurity system to reduce pathogen spread within an individual holding. By carrying out a laboratory investigation involving the growth of microorganisms from disinfected surfaces, the need for daily disinfection of high-risk areas is explored. The results of this […]

Decoration or Devastation – The True Cost of the Souvenir Shell Trade

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Even though a shell or a piece of coral on your mantelpiece may look pretty, the long-term consequences on the ocean and its inhabitants may be serious. You may think that one small shell won’t make a difference, but with every shell taken from its natural habitat the surrounding environment could suffer. This is because […]

King’s Hub: Videos You Should Watch

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Here is a selection of short, fun and interesting videos recommended by the King’s Hub. There is something for every scientist, with maths, physics, biology and chemistry related content. Although they are great to watch purely as entertainment, the King’s Hub also loves these videos because they show the wonderful (and slightly weird) knowledge that science […]