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 […]

Gene Therapy for Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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Abstract Sensorineural hearing loss is an impairment that affects more than 360 million people worldwide. Recent studies suggest that 1.1 billion people could develop the disease during their lives.¹ Despite its widespread effects, the medical disability currently has no cure. However, gene therapy is an emerging treatment, designed to tackle the root causes of this […]

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 […]

A New Look At Pancreatic Cancer

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Inhibitory Effects of Flufenamic Acid on YAP-TEAD Activity through the Hippo Signaling Pathway in Murine Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Cells (LTPA) Robin Hu Abstract Pancreatic adenocarcinoma, accounting for about 85% of pancreatic cancer cases, has poor prognosis and survival rates; novel therapies are needed [1,2]. A core pathway in cancer development is the Hippo Signaling Pathway: a […]

PCSK9 Inhibitors – a solution for familial hypercholesterolaemia and ischaemic heart disease?

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PCSK9 stands for Proprotein Convertase Subtilisin Kexin type 9 and it was first discovered in 2003[1] by Dr. Seidah et al. and it is a 692-amino acid glycoprotein.[2] PCSK9 is secreted by the liver into the circulation[3] and it controls the “number of low-density lipoprotein receptors (LDLR) on the cell surface”[4] and therefore ultimately the […]

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

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What is Hypoplastic left heart syndrome? Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a rare congenital heart defect which occurs in approximately 1 in 5000 babies. The term ‘hypoplastic’ refers to the underdevelopment of a tissue or an organ. Therefore HLHS involves the underdevelopment, or sometimes absence, of left-sided heart structures. For example, the left ventricle, […]

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

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What is Hypoplastic left heart syndrome? Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a rare congenital heart defect which occurs in approximately 1 in 5000 babies. The term ‘hypoplastic’ refers to the underdevelopment of a tissue or an organ. Therefore HLHS involves the underdevelopment, or sometimes absence, of left-sided heart structures. For example, the left ventricle, […]

Tetralogy of Fallot

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Tetralogy of Fallot What is Tetralogy of Fallot? Tetralogy of Fallot is a congenital heart defect (one which is present at birth.) In fact, it is one of the most common congenital heart defects. It affects approximately 5 in 10,000 live births. Fallot was the name of the doctor who discovered this condition and the […]

Is Altitude Training the best way to legally improve sporting performance?

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Please follow the link below to view my Biology AS Coursework looking at the effectiveness of Altitude training on Elite Performers. Also explores the effectiveness of Performance Enhancing Energy Drinks and Ice Baths as a recovery method. Is altitude training the best way to legally improve sporting performance?

What are the current treatments of schizophrenia?

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What are the current treatments of schizophrenia? Abstract I discuss the available treatments for schizophrenia. I comment upon the socio-economic issues arising from living with schizophrenia and the aforementioned treatments. I examine a case study in management of schizophrenia in the NHS. Furthermore, I evaluate two alternative methods to control schizophrenia – one holistic and the […]