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Top 10 Medical TED Talks That Will Make You Think – #1

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this glorious human invention, let me start off with a brief introduction.   TED is a global conference that was established with a focus on brand new, cutting-edge ideas in the interdisciplinary fields of Technology (T), Entertainment (E), and Design (D). Speakers from around the world have been invited to speak on their area of expertise at one of these gatherings in order to display a novel development, discovery, occurrence, or some other thought-provoking measure that truly reflects the growth and potential of human capability. In the recent past, medicine has carved a distinct niche for itself in these conferences, showcasing some of the most astounding and intriguing ideas by pioneers in the field.   Over the past several weeks, it is been my goal to present some these talks that truly make you think about the medical field, where it is going, and maybe even what part you can play in its progress.   So, let’s finally conclude our time together with the last (and arguably the best) talk here at #1.     Featured Image...

Fighting Cancer with Powerful Proteasome Inhibition

When it comes to blood cancer Lymphoma is the most common. Lymphoma manifests in two general forms: Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Uncontrollable proliferation of lymphocytes (category of white blood cells) leads to the development of cancerous lymphocytes which can ultimately metastasize to various parts of the body and cause tumors. B-lymphocytes (B-cells) and T-lymphocytes (T-cells) are the immune system cell types commonly associated with lymphomas. Drugs which inhibit the normal function of the proteasome, which is to degrade protein products and prevent “degradation of the intracellular proteins, affecting signaling within cells,” ultimately results in two specific cellular paths: death of the cancer cell or “inhibition of growth” of the cancer cell (“Lymphomation”).     The significance of HDAC (Histone Deacetylase) inhibition lies in its ability to keep DNA exposed for the binding of transcription factors to DNA sequences in the nucleus, via the “acetylaton of lysine residues” (“Lymphomatics”) thus preventing rewrapping of DNA into its highly coiled and packed state around proteins called histones via HDACs. Cancer’s ability to rapidly proliferate, heavily depends upon its ability to gain regulatory control over transcription factors such as those which promote cell growth, and to inhibit tumor suppressor protein functioning or bypass Cell Cycle DNA damage checkpoints.   The mechanism of action for certain drugs promoting HDAC inhibition follows the aforementioned model, and specifically “causes [in vitro] the accumulation of acetylated...

Top 10 Medical TED Talks That Will Make You Think – #7

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this glorious human invention, let me start off with a brief introduction.   TED is a global conference that was established with a focus on brand new, cutting-edge ideas in the interdisciplinary fields of Technology (T), Entertainment (E), and Design (D). Speakers from around the world have been invited to speak on their area of expertise at one of these gatherings in order to display a novel development, discovery, occurrence, or some other thought-provoking measure that truly reflects the growth and potential of human capability. In the recent past, medicine has carved a distinct niche for itself in these conferences, showcasing some of the most astounding and intriguing ideas by pioneers in the field.   Over the next several weeks, it is my goal to present some these talks that will truly make you think about the medical field, where it is going, and maybe even what part you can play in its progress.   So, without further ado, let’s continue on with our next talk here at #7.   Video Source Featured Image...

Top 10 Medical TED Talks That Will Make You Think – #8

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this glorious human invention, let me start off with a brief introduction.   TED is a global conference that was established with a focus on brand new, cutting-edge ideas in the interdisciplinary fields of Technology (T), Entertainment (E), and Design (D). Speakers from around the world have been invited to speak on their area of expertise at one of these gatherings in order to display a novel development, discovery, occurrence, or some other thought-provoking measure that truly reflects the growth and potential of human capability. In the recent past, medicine has carved a distinct niche for itself in these conferences, showcasing some of the most astounding and intriguing ideas by pioneers in the field.   Over the next several weeks, it is my goal to present some these talks that will truly make you think about the medical field, where it is going, and maybe even what part you can play in its progress.   So, without further ado, let’s continue on with our next talk here at #8.     Featured Image Source...

Top 10 Medical TED Talks That Will Make You Think – #9

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this glorious human invention, let me start off with a brief introduction.   TED is a global conference that was established with a focus on brand new, cutting-edge ideas in the interdisciplinary fields of Technology (T), Entertainment (E), and Design (D). Speakers from around the world have been invited to speak on their area of expertise at one of these gatherings in order to display a novel development, discovery, occurrence, or some other thought-provoking measure that truly reflects the growth and potential of human capability. In the recent past, medicine has carved a distinct niche for itself in these conferences, showcasing some of the most astounding and intriguing ideas by pioneers in the field.   Over the next several weeks, it is my goal to present some these talks that will truly make you think about the medical field, where it is going, and maybe even what part you can play in its progress.   So, without further ado, let’s continue on with our next talk here at #9.     Featured Image Source...

Top 10 Medical TED Talks That Will Make You Think – #10

Source   For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this glorious human invention, let me start off with a brief introduction.   TED is a global conference that was established with a focus on brand new, cutting-edge ideas in the interdisciplinary fields of Technology (T), Entertainment (E), and Design (D). Speakers from around the world have been invited to speak on their area of expertise at one of these gatherings in order to display a novel development, discovery, occurrence, or some other thought-provoking measure that truly reflects the growth and potential of human capability. In the recent past, medicine has carved a distinct niche for itself in these conferences, showcasing some of the most astounding and intriguing ideas by pioneers in the field.   Over the next several weeks, it is my goal to present some these talks that will truly make you think about the medical field, where it is going, and maybe even what part you can play in its progress.   So, without further ado, let’s get started with our first talk here at #10.    ...

Bizarre Skin Conditions That You Never Want To Get – #6

What is the largest organ system in the body? The Integumentary System!   Yes, we all know this well-known fact since our elementary and middle school days. Our skin covers the entire surface area of our body, serving various different functions. From temperature regulation to being the first line of defense for the immune system, our soft skin is often our best friend.   However, we may encounter some quite tenacious pathogens that can lead to some quite gruesome skin conditions, some of which you should truly pray that you never get. I will be going over the top 10 most intriguing integumentary ailments that I have come across, one at a time over the next several articles, continuing forward with the next one here at #6.   6. Erythropoietic protoporphyria We all love going to the beach, lying there in the light of the bright afternoon sun and basking in the warmth of a great summer day. However, for individuals affected by the rare skin condition known as erythropoietic protoporphyria, a trip to the beach may turn out to be their worst nightmare.   Caused by an enzyme deficiency that leads to the accumulation of protoporphyrins, erythropoietic protoporphyria results in the common symptoms of redness, itching, pain, and burning of the skin, as well as possible discoloration and thickness of the skin on prolonged exposure (due to the...