By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Antidiuretic hormone or the ADH in shortened form is a hormone secreted from the posterior pituitary and is responsible for the re-absorption of fluids in the kidneys. Its secretion is regulated through solute concentration of the blood or more specifically the levels of sodium. Thus...
Strangest diseases in the world
By: John Louie Ramos
Diseases that can make us look like living corpse or animated trees may seem like movie plots taken from the pages of sci-fi novels, however extreme health conditions such as those mentioned really exist in this day and age. All over the world, there are...
By: Katerina Nikolas
If the slightest ache or pain sends you rushing to the medical dictionary to confirm your suspicions that you have somehow contracted a deadly disease, then rest assured that you are actually unlikely to have one of the top 5 deadliest diseases. Science has made...
What is the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)?
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative is a global nonprofit organization comprising three consortia of HIV/AIDS researchers: the Neutralizing Antibody Consortium (NAC), the HIV Live-attenuated Consortium, and the Vectors Consortium. The mission of the Initiative according to the IAVI website is to “ensure the development...
Artificial immunity: How vaccines protect against disease
By: D. Vogt
A vaccine is a biologic medication which can be injected in order to stimulate the body's immune system into recognizing and destroying an infectious agent, such as a particular type of virus. Vaccines are now a regular and essential way of preventing a wide range...
By: D. Vogt
Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome is a rare genetic disease which results in the growth of benign polyps in the digestive tract and macules (discolored lesions) on the lips. It is also known to increase the risk of several types of cancer. Somewhere between one in 25,000-300...
Neurofibromatosis: Incredible melting woman pleads for help
By: Terrence Aym
During 1977 American International Pictures released a lurid film titled "The Incredible Melting Man." Although it's become a minor cult classic, no one ever thought anyone could actually melt. Humans melting? Why, such a thing could only be imagined by a crazy, low budget...
Types of doctors that specialize in lymphoma
By: D. Vogt
Lymphoma is a cancer (actually, a set of cancers) which attack cells in the body's immune system, or lymphatic system. The care team for a person diagnosed with lymphoma will typically involve at least three types of doctors. First, a general practitioner or family doctor...
Diseases that are vaccine preventable
By: D. Vogt
Today, there are more vaccine-preventable diseases than ever before. These include a large number of formerly dread diseases which have been permanently eradicated (at least in developed countries) through universal vaccination programs, as well as a number of rapidly mutating viruses (like influenza, or the...
Apocalypse zombies a possibility says scientist
By: Terrence Aym
A virulent rabies-influenza viral hybrid could lead to masses of infected victims turning into veritable zombies. The hapless former humans would exhibit all the classic features of the horror movies: the would become lumbering, mindless monsters with murderous tendencies and the ability to transform others...

 

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