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Tackling Science

Tackling Science

Science is quite a broad topic to write about. There are so many different facets and disciplines included in science. The questions then are, which ones do we cover and why? The answer is, all of them.

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Wide Field

Wide Field

Science is such a wide field that oftentimes, things are interconnected. The interconnectedness comes because the main goal of science is always to understand what is happening around us.

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Tackling Health

Tackling Health

This also ties into our second focus, health. What good is discovering new information if it does not benefit mankind? At the Pacolet, we look for new and useful health research, developments, and recommendations.

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2 Science Advancements That Will Blow Your Mind

Science is a fascinating thing to study and subscribe to. For one, studying science gives us a wider understanding of life and most occurrences.

Subscribing to science is also a worthwhile endeavor, as the advancements and discoveries are always good for those who are interested. They add an extra layer of knowledge and understanding to our lives.

Let’s check out two scientific advancements and discoveries that will blow your mind.

Genetic Editing of Children

Late last year, Chinese geneticist He Jiankui genetically modified the genes of a child. This was the first time that this has ever occurred. Prior to this occurrence, the idea of modifying the genes of a person only came out in science fiction.

What Jiankui did was modify the genes of a child to be immune to the human immunodeficiency virus or HIV.

Rather than be excited for this advancement, people were actually all up in arms about it. People saw the Chinese geneticist’s endeavors as quite irresponsible and unethical.

Despite this though, there are some scientists – such as George Church from America – that say that Jiankui’s actions are necessary. He says that the action of genetic editing in people is an area that must be explored more and advanced.

The End of the Solar System

Another discovery that happened was that scientists were able to find an object that is farther than Neptune. It is called Farout and is three times farther than Pluto.

This object would then be the farthest object with land that humankind has ever identified. Currently, since it is the farthest that we have ever found, it signifies the end of the solar system as we know of right now.

The object is 120 times the distance of the Earth from the sun. Simply put, it is quite far away.

These are only a few things that science has advanced and discovered in the recent past. We hope that you remain as excited as we are with the latest scientific discoveries coming.

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3 Health Advancements Scientists Have Discovered Recently

More than space and new gadgets, the team at Pacolet Area Conversatory believe that the best thing that science can offer and contribute to the human race is the improvements to the health of people.

We believe that the crux and importance of scientific discoveries must lay in the improvement it can provide to people.

Let’s check out three health advancements scientists recently discovered.

The Cancer Vaccine

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Cancer is something that has always been a problem for people. Up to today, it is still a very widespread disease that people get. Furthermore, its mortality rate is something that people consider whenever they hear news that they or someone they know has cancer.

Cancer still doesn’t have a legitimate cure. The actions taken with a cancer patient are still quite up in the air. There is no cure that works 100% of the time.

However, late last year, scientists have developed a sort of vaccine that can help against cancer.

The vaccine was developed by Stanford researchers. In their trials, they had developed the vaccine and tried it out on mice with tumors. They found that the tumors in the mice destroyed all traces of cancer. They did this by injecting small amounts only.

Out of 90 mice, only three had their tumors regress. Though these three were treated again, and the tumors disappeared.

The vaccine gives hope to cancer patients, both current and future. It is an affordable cure for cancer without the side effects usually associated with the current cures for cancer.

The Migraine Injection

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A migraine is a mysterious discomfort that attacks whoever it wants. In fact, almost 40 million Americans suffer from migraines, and more from around the world.

Most of the time, people just tough out the migraines. Other, they take medications that are not as effective. One of these medications is just trying to go to sleep and hope that when they wake up, the migraine is gone.

There may be hope for a cure to the migraine though. Last May, the Food and Drug Administration gave the greenlight for a drug called Aimovig.

This injection needs to be administered to people at least once a month. Through this injection, the activity of a certain molecule that gives migraines legs to wreak havoc in a person’s mind is blocked from the body.

Thus, the migraine does not take effect on people.

Medical Skin

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Finally, we have a recent technological marvel from Japan. It is a thin sheet of plastic that is put on people’s skin. Then, this material will eventually be able to gather information on the state of the person.

Currently, it reads people’s vital signs and the heart rate of people.

This information can also be viewed on a smartphone. However, in extreme cases, this information can immediately be sent to your doctor.

These are only a few medical and health improvements recently brought about by advancements in science. These advancements make living easier, and more exciting as we wait for more health advancements that can improve people’s lives.

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30+ Statistics About Stem Cells You Didn’t Know

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Stem cells are a relatively new concept in the medical and scientific community. It was introduced in the early 80s, but blew up in the late 90s.

What are stem cells though? Why are they important in these communities and why are they part of some interesting and passionate conversations that have clear divisions with people for and against it?

In a nutshell, stem cells are cells that have the capability to grow into many different types of cells. When introduced to the body, it will continue to divide and recreate itself into a number of different cells that the host may need.

They may turn into muscle tissues, blood cells, and even brain cells. Thus, the stem cell is a great tool to have and to use for any healing purposes.

The controversy comes due to the ethics of stem cells. Stem cells are found in a blastula which is essentially an egg from a female that is at an early development stage. Thus, people see it as a hindrance to human life.

For anyone who is new or on the fence, let’s take a look at some statistics about stem cells.

Past Stem Cell Statistics

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More than 10 years ago, more than 60% of people in North America agreed with the usage of stem cell, as well as the research of it.

Almost 80% of all of this previous research on stem cells in America was being run by the federal government.

More than 50% of that research was regrettably being done on stem cell lines that were not up-to-date.

More than 60% of the research was being done on non-embryonic stem cell research.

Less than 20% was being done on embryonic stem cell research.

Despite the research being done for embryonic stem cells, the success rate is not as big as non-embryonic stem cells.

Back then, numerous states were pledging more than $4 million for research up to the year of 2018.

Almost $2 million alone would come from California.

President Bush promised at least 60 stem cell lines were to be researched.

However, only 21 of them were really eligible.

The State of Stem Cell Companies

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If production and effectivity can be measured by money, signs are looking good. As much as $4 billion was raised by medical companies for all regenerative medicines in 2018.

For cell therapy, at least $2 billion was raised.

The previous year, less than half of this was raised.

Almost a billion dollars was raised by initial public offerings alone.

Nearly a thousand trials for therapies in the regenerative cell field took place last year throughout the whole world.

A little bit more than half of those therapies are for cancer.

Other therapies include cardiovascular diseases and musculoskeletal diseases.

As many as 60,000 people are taking part in these trials and therapies.

As of the 2nd half of last year, there are almost 900 companies that offer services in line with regenerative medicines. These include stem cells.

Majority of these companies is in North America.

Africa is a country that has only 1 of these companies.

Practical Stem Cell Statistics

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In studies with blood diseases, the survival rate for patients using stem cells is an astounding 80 to 90%.

For diseases like Hodgkins, MDS, lymphomas, the survival rate is 45%.

Treatments using stem cells have already helped over a million people as of 2012.

By 2012, patients spanned more than 70 countries.

By 2018, there are no practical statistics on how many people have been treated with stem cells. But the number from 2012 is expected to have increased exponentially.

In 2014, 20,000 stem cell cases were in the United States.

More than 10 years ago, stem cells were already being used to treat over 70 conditions.

Conditions such as leukemia and myeloma have moved past trials. Stem cell treatment is now the standard treatment.

For myeloma, more than 20,000 transplants with bone marrow and umbilical cords were done early in 2010 up to 2014.

For the first few weeks, there is no improvement felt with stem cells.

By week 6 to 8, improvements are felt and keep increasing.

 

This is a hefty list of stem cell statistics. We can’t wait to see what else happens in the future of stem cells.