Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness in the world. It is a tick-borne illness that afflicts around 60,000 people worldwide every year. Although the mortality rate is low, the diagnosis is complex as doctors must rely upon highly variable symptoms and indirect measures of infection when offering diagnoses.
There are approximately 140 000 species of higher fungi. Only 10% of mushroom-forming species are known, making them an enormous untapped pool of potentially useful substances.
Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a plant from Central Asia but is grown in several parts of the world today. This plant produces cannabinoids – active chemical compounds that cause drug-like effects all over the body, including the central nervous system and the immune system.
Meet Dr. Pierre Blonski, Head of the Blood Analytical Platform at Ketterthill Labs, which is the biggest private laboratory in Luxemborough and handles over 6000 blood samples per day.
MUKUNDH BALASUBRAMANIAN: Hello Splice readers. Happy New Year! Hope that you have had a good start to 2016. This is Mukundh here from Luxembourg with Dr. Pierre Blonski, Head of the Blood Analytical Platform at Ketterthill Labs. We’re going to talk today about the journey of your blood samples in modern diagnostic labs and look at some future trends with Dr. Blonski. Hello Dr. Blonski!
Brazil is in a state of emergency. Since October 2015 the number of infants born with microcephaly increased more than 10 times compared to previous years. Microcephaly is a rare condition when babies are born with an unusually small head and brain injury. Health authorities believe that the condition is associated with Zika virus which is being carried by mosquitos.
Recent drug discoveries promise new treatments and cures for many diseases. However, getting a drug to work, not only in experiments with cells in the lab, but also in the human body, is difficult. One challenge? Getting past the body’s line of defense, the immune system, which fights foreign invaders that make it into the body.
Pigeons are many things to many people – navigators, couriers, rats with wings – but the word “doctors” rarely comes to mind.
Cancerous cells are normally detected by biopsy which is an invasive and time consuming procedure.