5 Most Important Scientific Discoveries of the Year

This year 2018 has been marked by interesting discoveries and advances in different science fields. This list includes some that I find important enough to mention in this scientific closing post of the year:

THE ROSEHIP NEURON

“We don’t yet understand what these cells might be doing in the human brain, but their absence in the mouse points to how difficult it is to model human brain diseases in laboratory animals,” said co-lead author Dr. Gábor Tamás, a neuroscientist at the University of Szeged in Hungary.  The results appear in the journal Nature Neuroscience

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MEDICINE NOBEL PRIZE ON CANCER RESEARCH

Dr James P. Allison and Dr Tasuku Honjo discovery on T-Cells checkpoint in cancer research, makes history in the world of medicine and physiology. This is why they were awarded the Nobel Prize in these fields. Their work into the utilisation of the body’s immune system for fighting certain types of cancer could potentially save the lives of thousands around the world.

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HARVESTING LETTUCE IN THE ANTARCTIC

German scientist Paul Zabel developed an artificial greenhouse that could make harvesting produce a reality for those in the Antarctic.

The greenhouse, which was installed and began producing early this year, is housed inside a climate-controlled shipping container. With LED lamps, an abundance of carbon dioxide and a nutrient-rich mist, the greenhouse can successfully grow produce without natural sunlight. Plant cultivation technologies

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ANCIENT VIRUS RESPONSIBLE FOR HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS

An ancient virus infected humans long time ago. This invader left behind its genetic code in our DNA. This year, researchers found that snippets of that ancient viral DNA play a vital role in the communication among brain cells that’s required for higher-order thinking. The research reports that the virus planted its genetic print in the human cortex, eventually giving us our consciousness.

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The Way To Levitating Humans

The study, published in the Physical Review Letters, describes the new technique, which creates a tornado-like structure that is extremely loud but has a silent core.

The researchers found that when they changed the direction of the rapidly fluctuating acoustic vortices that make up this structure, they could control the rate of rotation and stabilise the tractor beam.

“In the demonstration detailed in the study, the engineers used ultrasonic waves at a pitch of 40kHz to make up the acoustic vortices. The structure’s silent core was able to hold a two-centimeter sphere made out of a synthetic polymer. The sphere is more than two times the size of the acoustic wavelengths, making it the largest object that’s been stably held in a tractor beam thus far” — Reports

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Myth of the Day: 3 Heartbreaking Jesus Virgins Saints Crying Blood Tears

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MYTH:

The Catholic church and some of its followers believe in the myth that some saints and virgins have cried blood. They make statues of them with blood tears rolling down the faces made of ceramic or plaster.

Myth of the day

Many catholics report sightings of weeping madonnas, from Ireland to Croatia, but the only one recognised by the Church is a statue of the Virgin Mary in the town of Siracusa in Sicily. It began weeping in 1953, so they say.

FACT:

There is actually a symptom known as  haemolacria, which is a rare condition that causes a person to produce tears that are partially composed of blood. The condition has garnered significant attention in the medical community and media recently.

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Haemolacria is a symptom of multiple diseases involving the conjunctiva and lacrimal system.

These entities can range from vascular malformations and tumors to infectious or inflammatory conditions and has even been reported in the literature as a presenting finding in scleral buckle infection.

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Health Quacks Harm People while Becoming very Rich

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I have no doubt that prevention is the best way to take care of our bodies: it prolongs our life span by avoiding diseases like trauma, infections, even diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attacks and others.

We must use our common sense and education in this matter in order to stay healthy. A proper way of eating, exercising regularly, including the ingestion of some natural products I don’t oppose, I even encourage some of my patients to take some vitamins, roots, seeds, depending on their needs and always guided by a reputable-scientific and well trained health provider.

The problem I have is with people who aren’t medical doctors and they create health organizations, write books, give conferences and sell vitamins and naturopathic “cures”. And in order to enhance their financial income they try to demean the science of medicine “…people all over the world have bought my books with terminal illnesses. I wrote a book about how to cure cancer, people around the world with terminal cancer buy my book, it costs 15 dollars, they go home and they cure their cancer”… quoting Raymond Francis at minute 15:29 in one of his conferences videos.

You can google him and find the video in YouTube.  If you want the link to it send me an email or contact me and I will send you the link. I don’t feel like adding the link directly in this post because I don’t want to give more publicity to these fraudulent health practices.

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Anyways, like him there are many others, and that is worrisome. They abuse their knowledge in selling, the desperation in terminal ill patients and the sincere desire of many to be healthy in order to sell them their products and “health conferences”. These quacks know how to convert very smart men and women into true believers on their quackery.

This person I mentioned above bases his talk criticizing medical doctors instead of telling us what kind of disease he had when he was 46 and supposedly he “cured” himself. If he is against the science of medicine then why does he relies so much on the World Medical Association statistics? He repeats himself a lot, sometimes he doesn’t finish his sentences, he mentions “his big four things” to be healthy and he mentions only 3, forgets number 4. Is he getting dementia?

The author of this video is worse than a not health professional, he has quack credentials:

Raymond Francis, DSc, MSc, RNC, is a doctor of naturopathy, a chemist and a graduate of MIT, and a registered nutrition consultant.

Naturopathy is the ultimate quackery, and RNC is not a legitimate nutrition certification, only RD is. Although, as quacks usually do, there are no real references to his sources, one can go beyond the ad hominem and analyze this:

“Cow milk contains the wrong proteins for human consumption. It is rich in proteins called caseins which are difficult for humans to digest. … These undigested proteins enter the lower intestines where they putrefy. This creates highly toxic by-products which poison us”.

This is abject nonsense that was popular in the nineteenth century but abandoned by medical science in the 1920s. Other things in the item are contradictory:  the suggestion that milk is designed for infants but two-year olds show problems from drinking milk.

People have to educate themselves about fraudulent “health advisors” and their products. Learn the facts and share the based-science information with your loved ones.

How To Cope with Anger While You are Grieving

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Losing a loved one can be one of the most painful and stressful events in your life, and it might cause severe emotional crisis that could develop into different physical symptoms or diseases:

  • Anger
  • Despair
  • Guilt
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Bone aches
  • Worsening of arthritis symptoms.
  • Gastritis or worsening of symptoms.
  • And more….

This emotional maelstrom can affect behaviour and judgement. Many patients report to me stomach pain, eating habit changes: loss or gain of appetite, intestinal upsets, sleep disturbances and loss of energy. Of all life’s stresses, mourning can seriously test your natural defense systems. Existing illnesses may worsen or new conditions may appear.

In stressful and sad times you don’t need people around you who do not support you. You need to surround yourself with loving human beings who actually care about you. Go out with them, trust them if they have proven to you that they are loyal and faithful.

Having and caring for pets like dogs, cats, birds, is another way to find comfort. I especially love cats, but others prefer dogs or birds. Some people don’t like animals and would rather care for plants. Therefore, get into planting, gardening, farming and grafting. Some of my patients have expressed their liking towards social activities like volunteering, helping others, “not being at home where there are so many memories” — they say. It is fine, but remember,  sooner or later you have to face reality and stay at home. So do the volunteering for another reason such as helping others and just “not” to be at home.

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Remember: After the storm, calm is restored

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What is the Difference Between Forgetting and Alzheimer’s Disease?

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Forgetting or forgetfulness can be very scary for some people, especially if it becomes frequent in patients younger than 65. When you live a life plagued with stress your mind starts to give more importance to those things that cause you to worry the most.

You start to forget where you left the keys, the wallet, the pen, etc. But even if the patient is 65 or older when s/he commences to be forgetful, it doesn’t mean s/he has Alzheimer’s Disease. Anxiety and depression can mimic dementia. If you are a young adult, in your twenties or thirties and you are not eating well, you drink alcohol excessively, smoke and don’t exercise regularly, you might experience “forgetfulness due to extreme stress”.

Patients with Alzheimer tend to repeat themselves because they lose their short memory especially in the early stage. They forget recently learned information like dates or events, asking for the same information over and over.

Patients are frequently misdiagnosed in several medical areas, a mental illness is one of them. That is why it is very important to have the right knowledge about it and the most innovated equipment in this age of technology. IQuity is tackling Alzheimer’s biomarkers using the “Machine Learning” (yes, machine learning not learning machine) that uses artificial intelligence.

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If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, do not hesitate to consult with your doctor as soon as possible.

Remember that prevention is the key for a healthier, happier and longer life — Dr. Martha A. Castro N., MD

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to a Woman for the Fifth Time in History

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Dr. Arnold, 62, an American professor of chemical engineering, bioengineering and biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, earned the award for her work with the
She shared this year’s chemistry Nobel — worth close to $1 million — with George P. Smith, 77, and Gregory P. Winter, 67. Dr. Arnold received half of the prize, and Dr. Smith and Dr. Winter split the other half.
Dr. Arnold won for her work conducting the directed evolution of enzymes, proteins that catalyze chemical reactions. She first pioneered the bioengineering method, which works similar to the way dog breeders mate specific dogs to bring out desired traits, in the early 1990s, and has refined it since then.

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