Daily Archives: November 9, 2015

High-throughput, motility-based sorting of microswimmers for gene discovery

Organisms’ motility varies with genotype, disease progression, drug treatment, aging, and environmental conditions and can serve as a useful metric to access drug effectuality, to identify drug resistant strains, and, more generally, various genotypes. In 1974, Sidney

Why do older people get so much kidney disease?

To celebrate Sir William Osler’s 70th Birthday on July 12th 1919 his pupils and co-workers contributed scientific articles that were collected and published. One of these articles, by William Councilman pathologist-in-chief at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, noted

Recursion. How did it evolve?

“It was a dark and stormy night. The crew said to the captain, “Captain, tell us a story.” The captain said to the crew, ‘It was a dark and stormy night …” -A story from popular culture

Neurocysticercosis: a mayor public health problem

Neurocysticercosis (NCC) is the most frequent parasitic disease of the central nervous system, and it occurs when the larvae of the tapeworm Taenia solium infects the central nervous system. This disease is endemic in most developing countries

Awful knee pain, rounding up the unusual suspects

If you have had persisting severe knee pain following an arthroscopy you might wonder why. When this happens many people will have a repeated MRI following the surgery despite the fact that one was done before the

Health benefits of haskap: Possible control of inflammation-mediated chronic disorders

Biologically active phytochemicals present in cool climate berries such as haskap (Lonicera caerulea L.) offer a great alternative therapy for mitigation of most of the chronic disorders. In general, polyphenols in fruits have shown the potential to

Busy traffic – risk of having cardiac disease

Air pollution from vehicles has been related to cause respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. There are many pollutants; most harmful of them is considered to be particulate matter (PM). Small in size, they are composed of toxic heavy

Mass spec: a powerful weapon in the battle against illegal polypeptide drugs

The occurrence of illegal medicines is a well-established global problem and concerns mostly small molecules (Molecular weight below 900 Da), including sildenafil (active pharmaceutical ingredient of Viagra® and Cialis®) and analogues, anti-biotics, HIV medication, anti-malaria products, anabolic

What is injured: motor neuron or motor nerve?

All movements, whether simple or very complex (ballet dancing, playing the piano, speaking) are the results of the complex interaction between nerve cells (neurons) from different departments of the brain. But the final arbiters of movement patterns