Is it healthy to search for your symptoms online? WebMD, and other sites on the internet allow people to put in their symptoms and try to self diagnose themselves. The modern ease of access to medical information is a great benefit for some and an overwhelming nightmare for others. It all depends on how you use it.
As far as many are concerned, the appendix serves no purpose beyond causing appendicitis. It medical jargon, it is refereed to as a small organ on the right side of the abdomen, connected to the cecum, and containing lymphoid tissue. Darwin, the father of thetheory of evolution, suggested that it is an archaic organ. The theory asserts that it served a role in digesting cellulose rich “tough food” like tree-bark and leaves. As the human diet shifted to more digestible foods, the appendix shrunk to how we know it today. The organ can be removed and the patient goes on with their life just fine without it. It seems though that not all would agree that the appendix is just the carcass of an old neglected organ, hanging out unnoticed until it causes trouble.
In 1989, Strachan first theorized what we now know as the hygiene hypothesis. It states that a lower incidence of infection in early childhood could explain the recent and rapid rise of allergic diseases. In recent years, the hygiene hypothesis has also grown to include autoimmune diseases. There is a growing amount of published research pointing to infectious agents, especially those that have co-evolved with us, as being able to offer protection against a large spectrum of immune-related disorders such as type 1 Diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis.
Life expectancy has increased over the last decades allowing the global population to reach new heights. Thanks to medical advances, we have shifted the natural equilibrium of population growth which has had an impact on our resources and development. Population growth is undisputedly responsible for the environmental issues we are faced with today.
Head of Microbiology
Bio Products Laboratory
Country: United Kingdom
2004 saw the hit movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind‘s theatrical release, introducing the concept of erasing memories to the public. In a nutshell a couple goes through a breakup where she first decides to have all her memories of him and their relationship removed through some sort of at home clinical procedure. He decides to do the same, but during the procedure, decides he doesn’t want to give up her and the memories of them together. This movie has since become a cult classic Hollywood fiction, but with advances in science, we might one day have to face the bio-ethical question of whether or not people should be able to have memories selectively erased?
People around the world tend to think of scientists as intellectual introverts with a quirky fixation. A 2002 report by The National Science Foundation commented on this caricature, stating, “The entertainment industry often portrays scientists as unattractive, reclusive, socially inept white men or foreigners working in dull, unglamorous careers.”
In 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) reclassified Pluto as a dwarf planet. Which is a bit of an oxymoron, since you would assume dwarf planet meant that it was still a planet… but they said it isn’t. With the recent flyby and pictures from the New Horizon, it has brought the icy world of Pluto back into the spotlight. Many are once again wondering why Pluto was down graded in the first place.
Are Self-driving cars the future of transportation? This question has been debated since Google developed its first self-driving-car in 2009. Google insists that the self-driving car is the future of the motor industry but many think that the car is too dangerous.
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Johnson and Johnson (JNJ)
Country: United States