Diseases and Disorders

A General in the Drug War


               After our topic of drug abuse, the opiate blocker suboxone and addiction I wanted to look more into the picture behind what is really going on in someone’s brain when these drugs are present.  Contrary to popular belief, addiction is not always a choice.  Someone does not wake up one day and decide that their body is now dependent on a drug that they might have had only one time.  In the article A General in the Drug War it explains the background music of what is happening within a person’s

Autism linked to Grandmother's smoking habits

A study was performed on participants all born in the 90's. There were a total of 14,500 participants in the expirement done by The Univeristy of Bristol. The research found that if a girl's maternal grandmother had smoked during pregnancy, she was 67% more likely to display traits found in Autism like poor communication skills and repitive behavior. This disovery shows that if a female is exposed to cigarette smoke while still in the womb, it could affect the developg eggs.

Ever heard of Hirschsprung disease?


Hirschsprung disease affects the large intestine of newborns, babies, and todadlers. It can cause constipation, diarrhea, and vomiting and sometimes lead to serious colon complications, like enterocolitis and toxic megacolon, which can be life-threatening. Children who have Hirschsprung disease are missing those nerves along part of the length of their colons.

Co-Targeting Divergent Pathways in Colorectal Cancer

Although statistics vary, colorectal cancer (CRC) is a major cause of cancer mortality in the United States and is the 2nd leading cause of death in men and the 3rd leading cause in women (American Cancer Society, 2017).  At the forefront of colorectal cancer research is the study of the KRAS gene, which codes for proteins essential in regulating cell division.  When KRAS contains or acquires mutations, it becomes deregulated, like an on/off switch that can’t be turned off.  As a result, proteins essential for initiating growth factors, particularly epidermal growth factor (EGFR), are allow

Extracellular HSP60 triggers tissue regeneration and wound healing by regulating inflammation and cell proliferation Wuhong Pei1, Katsuya Tanaka2, Sunny C Huang1, Lisha Xu1, Baoying Liu3, Jason Sinclair1, Jennifer Idol1, Gaurav K Varshney1, Haigen Huang4,

National Institutes of Health scientists have recognized a novel part for a quality known as heat shock protein 60 (Hsp60), finding that it is basic in tissue recovery and wound mending. The review found that topical treatment of a Hsp60-containing gel drastically quickens wound cessation in a diabetic mouse subject. The review likewise portrays the instrument by which this works, finding that Hsp60 protein is discharged at the site of damage, flagging injury mending to start.

mosquito control through modified fungus


Cloning, genetic engineering and characterization of TMOF expressed in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to control larval mosquitoes


He keeps spazzing! Is it Huntington's disease?


                Many things can cause someone to shake, quiver, have muscle spasms… too much caffeine, nerves, low blood sugar, but the thing that seems to always cross my mind is Huntington’s disease.  The classic and most well-known sign of Huntington’s disease is Chorea.  Chorea is abnormal, involuntary movements seen in patients at onset of 30 to 40 years of age.  This symptom is a telltale sign, but may also be miss diagnosing patients.