A brain tumor is a mass or growth of abnormal cells in your brain or close to your brain. About 5% of brain tumors may be linked to hereditary genetic factors. Symptoms of brain cancer is continuous headaches, vomiting, having any vision problems etc. In the beginning stages of brain cancer, the cancer can be … Continue reading Brain Cancer→
The zika virus is a disease that is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. The zika virus is a very new threat to the world. It is only in some countries right now, but it may continue to grow because of travel of people from country to country. Currently, it is circulating in … Continue reading Zika Virus→
Ebola is a very vicious disease that causes deaths all around the world. Some of the signs may be very high fever or internal bleeding. Body fluids contact is one way to spread Ebola. Ebola can also cause organ failure which often leads to death. It has now spread to four genetic lineages and continues … Continue reading Ebola Blog→
More than 25 million people around the world and about 1% of all people in the western world suffer from schizophrenia at one point in their lives. Half of America’s mental patients are schizophrenic. This mental illness causes delusion, hallucinations, thought disorders, loss of separation between self and non self, and deterioration of everyday mental, … Continue reading Schizophrenia: The Voices in Your Head→
What is a drug? A drug is something that a doctor can prescribe to you and it’s also a way some people get high. A drug is a substance that changes the way people body works. Drug, any chemical substance that affects the functioning of living. Medical drugs can ease the pain but some people … Continue reading How Drugs affect the Brain and Body→
Pre-axial, or radial polydactyly is when an extra thumb is present due to mutations. There are many types of polydactyly, but the one I’m focusing on today is pre-axial. Pre-axial, like any kind of polydactyly can happen in any infant and even other animals. The extra thumb may or may not serve purpose. It may … Continue reading What is Polydactyly?→
Plastic is a very important resource in the world. The only problem with it, is that it’s filling up land fills and destroying the environment, killing birds, fish, sharks, whales and other animals in the sea. That isn’t the only animals that plastic attacks and kills. It also attacks land animals that happen to eat … Continue reading The Problem with Plastic→
Air pollution is the contamination of the atmosphere by gaseous, liquid, or solid substances that can endanger the health and welfare of humans or other living things or can attack materials, reduce visibility, or produce undesirable odors caused by the release of toxic or damaging particles and gases into the atmosphere. Carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, … Continue reading Air pollution in China.→
Fracking is a very controversial topic. Fracking for oil effects the environment. Most of the ways it affects the environment are negative, not positive. It is believed by some that fracking affects water supply’s, causes minor earth quakes, and uses to many irreplaceable natural resources. First i will explain what fracking is, then its effects on the … Continue reading Fracking for Oil→
Schizophrenia is a mental illness that effects almost 24 million people throughout the world. It is not possible to diagnose this illness with a test, instead one must go through a mental evaluation. Patients diagnosed with schizophrenia are usually prescribed anti-psychotics and therapies. These medications are often ineffective causing constant development of new drug therapies. Many are also trying to find the cause of this illness.
Schizophrenic patients are found to have lesser amounts of a protein called beclin-1. This protein is found in the part of the brain that retains memory and learning. Autophagy, clearing of unimportant cell components, is made possible by these proteins. If autophagy is not successful brain cells can die. Scientists are continuing research to find a drug with increased levels of beclin-1 to restore balance in the brain.
Researchers are looking into the possibility of a blood test to diagnose schizophrenia. A gene called the major histocompatability complex (MHC) is a DNA chunk that carries information to identify invaders. This gene is part of a protein that snips connections in nerves. Geneticist Steven McCarroll from Harvard University and the Broad Institute has looked at genetic material of 60,000 people with and without schizophrenia. McCarroll has found that different types of a gene in MHC elevates the risk of schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia has effected many people all over the world. The possibility of finding a test for this illness would help millions by using these instead of a psychoanalysis. Also, improved drug therapies could assist those suffering from this illness. Pinpointing a gene causing schizophrenia could assist in diagnosis, treatment, and eventually prevention.
Do you think that it is possible to cure schizophrenia with this evidence?
Will someone find a test for schizophrenia?
Are we closer to finding a more effective drug treatment?