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Another Ebola Case

There haven’t been many reports about people who have Ebola in the news lately. Areas of Africa have reported that the threat has diminished. If that’s true, then why is there a health care worker being sent to the United States to receive treatment for contracting the disease? He will be in a hospital in Maryland while he receives the treatments. Dan Newlin knows that this is the kind of situation that causes people to be on alert. How did the person contract the disease in the first place, and why hasn’t there been anything said about this worker? When the reports stop coming in, it makes people think that the threat has eased, and they begin getting back to their normal lives. Then, there are a few people who mysteriously get Ebola. There are more questions than answers surrounding the Ebola scare across the world, and unless people start researching the facts, they might not be prepared for future events.

Ken Jeong’s Wife Responsible for his Memorable Role as “Mr. Chow”

Ken Jeong began acting in 1997. He had several small parts in popular movies like Role Models and Knocked Up. The role of Mr. Chow in The Hangover however, is really what made audiences take notice of Ken Jeong which is a role he almost turned down.

According to the story on Korea Times, Ken’s wife is the one who encouraged him to take the role that made him famous. At the time Ken’s wife, Tran Ho, was struggling with breast cancer. Ken was her caretaker while she was fighting the cancer. Super Doctors had a report that he was also taking care of their one-year-old twins as well. He was ready to turn down the role of Mr. Chow so he could continue caring for his family. Instead, Tran encouraged him to take the role so he could take a break from care giving before he became burnt out.

Ken took the role and took his frustrations out on his wife’s cancer through Leslie Chow. Dr Jennifer Walden said he ended up winning an MTV Movie Award for his outlandish role in the film.

Tran is now cancer-free for the last six-years. Their story will be featured in a PBS documentary called Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. The film will be shown in three parts on PBS on March 30, 31 and April 1.

One Step Closer To Developing A Drug That Can Extend A Human Being’s Lifespan

Every single person, at some point or another have fantasied about the possible of being able to consume a drug that can extend their lifespan, within their lifetime. And while the medical community constantly debates on whether or not, the creation of a drug like that could be possible, in recent years, there have been an abundance of research that have been conducted that demonstrates that some drugs and hormones can alleviate some of the symptoms that are associated with aging such as collagen.

Jason Halpern (therealdeal.com) has read that a new research that was published on March 9th, caught the medical community off guard by proclaiming that they have identified a new type of drug, that can dramatically slow down the aging process.

The research team, which originates from The Scripps Research Institute, proclaimed that they firmly believe that this is the first step towards the possibility of introducing a new class of drugs that can extend a human being’s healthspan. The new class of drugs that they proclaim were responsible for slowing down the aging process has been coined as “senolytics”.

The team also proclaimed that when they injected senolytic agents into a group of mice that were of age, they noticed reduced symptoms of frailty, an extended health span and improved cardiac function as swell. The team also proclaimed that the new class of drugs may be able to delay and in some cases prevent or even reverse chronic age related diseases as well.

Sunlight Continues to Damage Skin Even After Exposure Stops

The sun’s UVA and UVB rays damage skin, leading to premature wrinkles, dark spots and potential skin cancer. That’s why we limit our sun exposure time and slather on the sunscreen during outdoor excursions. But the damage to the skin continues even after we get out of direct sunlight.
Scientists at Yale University have discovered that the damaging rays of the sun which enter the pigment (coloring) of our skin is doing DNA damage long after we’re in the shade. Laboratory tests reveal that the sun’s damage is still going on inside skin cells up to four hours after the sun exposure has ended.
Lead researcher, Prof Douglas Brash, explains the phenomenon that is going on inside the skin cells to be much like what occurs within a firefly to give it the power needed to light up. Haidar Barbouti has read that the energy from the sun which the firefly uses to light up is working inside our skin cell doing damage to our DNA structure.
The knowledge of this continued damage to the skin is going to be used to develop new sunscreen varieties that will do a better job of protecting the skin both during sun exposure time and afterwards as well.

Nanotubes Can Help to Detect and Destroy Cancer Cells

Cancer cells are among the more difficult disease tissues to destroy, once these cells have begun to grow. Surgeries and chemotherapy have long been the more advanced methods of finding and delivering an effective and long term treatment for this disease. Today there are laser devices that are being used to detect and destroy cancer cells before they begin to develop. Haidar Barbouti has heard that a modern microscopic gold tube or nanotube is one of the more promising technological advances in the field of medicine and oncology. More on Barbouti can be found on his Linkedin page.

A microscopic gold tube is inserted into an area of a patient, which has indications of abnormal cancer growth. A small tube is able to locate certain body lesions that may be diagnosed as cancerous. A near infrared light frequency generates heat and, also, makes the human skin areas transparent or easy to examine.

A laser nanotube with different strengths is used to reveal tumors. A higher frequency laser tube is effective in killing any tumorous cells that have been located. The nanotube is able to deliver medicine to the area of the patient’s body that needs further treatment and chemotherapy.

This newer form of medical surgery may allow future surgeons to use only injections and laser blasts to eliminate cancerous skin lesions and abnormal areas of cell growth. Scientists at the University of Leeds have successfully completed initial studies indicating useful applications of the nanotube for imaging and cancer removal.