Why do miscarriages occur? Timing when you get pregnant could prevent a miscarriage

Timing when you get pregnant could prevent a miscarriage By Jessica Hamzelou Miscarriage could be caused by too many ageing cells and a fluctuating immune response. This finding suggests that carefully timing a pregnancy could prevent miscarriage and increase a woman’s chances of delivering a baby. “All the ‘treatments’ we’ve been giving to women who […]

Can we prevent ageing? Clean your old blood, or make it young.

Antibody can protect brains from the ageing effects of old blood https://www.newscientist.com/article/2118105-antibody-can-protect-brains-from-the-ageing-effects-of-old-blood/ By Jessica Hamzelou Old blood may have a powerful effect, damaging organs and contributing to ageing. Now a compound has been developed that seems to protect against this, preventing mice’s brains from ageing. The effects of blood on ageing were first discovered in […]

How does chemotherapy actually work: Mustard, Platinum and Alkyl groups

There are two main forms of cancer treatments. The more traditional chemotherapeutic agents are cytotoxic, meaning that they kill rapidly proliferating cells. Newer drugs are referred to as targeted therapy, since they are able to discriminate between healthy cells and the mutated cells which form the tumor. Within each group, there are various forms that chemotherapeutic agents can take. […]

Every drug is a poison in disguise: Using mustard gas to treat cancer

“Every drug is a poison in disguise, every poison is a drug in disguise”. Opined by the 16th century physician Parcelsius, this is a quote which rings true in modern medicine. The book The Emperor of All Maladies narrates the history of cancer, from its beginnings with the proposed black bile through to modern times. Chemotherapy is a topic extensively […]