There are, of course, situations in which someone has an eating disorder and...– Food For Thought; If All Food Choices Are Valid, That Means ALL Food Choices http://www.therotund.com/?p=1143 (via therotund) HI YES THIS. THIS. THIS. (via girl-germs) There’s a lot of truth in that quote above, and in most of the article it’s from. However, the person writing goes...
Fuck yeah anatomy: Injecting C3b as a therapy... →
fyeahanatomy: As a question I wasn’t able to reblog, but, as far as injecting C3b goes, it makes some sense as a therapy, but really it would have all manner of problems. C3b is the active form of C3, which we talk about as the ‘central molecule of the complement system’. C3 on it’s own is pretty stable, and… In an attempt at useful procrastination I submitted an answer to someones...
PrEP HIV Study Halted →
pocketglobalhealth: A study evaluating “pre-exposure prophylaxis,” or PrEP, in women in several African countries has been halted following poor preliminary data. The study provided antiretroviral medications to HIV negative women who are at high risk of contracting HIV. A similar study previously showed positive results in other high risk groups, so the concept of PrEP is likely to be...
Friday's Reading - Or, the papers I should be...
LinkTransmission dynamics and control of cholera in Haiti: an epidemic model LinkViral pneumonia - Seminar LinkAn X-traordinary stroke - Case Report Here’s what I’ll be giving a bash at reading in the Lancet today, in some glorious attempt to avoid revision, and revise at the same time. I should be writing more of this lab report up, but obviously Cholera seems far more...
Flashcards: The Complement Cascade (Part five in... →
Here we have the complement cascade - your inbuilt, automatic, pathogen clearing mechanism. This set of enzymes have the best named result in all of immunology; The Membrane Attack Complex. This punches a hole in the cell membrane of pathogens/diseased host cells and pumps in enzymes to lyse its targets. Whilst that’s happening, the fragmented ‘waste’ of complement is...
Hmm, I just went over my cytokines and chemokines flashcards. Some of them are ever so slightly less than fantastic… They’re still factually correct, but after going through them, you may want to change the prompts. As if you haven’t written them in the first place, it may be a tad confusing as to what they’re asking.
Flashcards: Cytokines and Chemokines (chapter 4) →
Second Link Flashcards: Cytokines and Chemokines - The dissapointing sequel Here we are with two sets now, for cytokines and chemokines. Cytokines are the messengers that cells use to communicate whilst at (potentially) great distances apart, rather than interacting directly whilst touching. Chemokines are a sub-group of cytokines, as ‘chemoattractant cytokines’. This means that...
Flashcards: Innate Receptor Systems (part 3 of... →
Here we go, I’ve had a morning of working my way through lectures and have 4 queued up and ready to go. This set is all about innate receptor systems, the way that cells of the innate system recognise danger or certain patterns. As always, these are my revision notes, they may not make sense to all as I’m using them in combination with other techniques. So, sorry if parts seem to be...
Flashcards: Intro to the Innate Immune System →
Wow, two written up in one go, I even had to use the queue to stop spamming you all, this feels so little like work it could even just be fancy procrastination. Maybe I’m just trying to make up for a lack of posts though, no matter. These are an introduction to the innate immune system (the non specific; kill with proteolytic enzymes first and ask questions later system) and it’s...
Daily Diseases and Disorders: Schizophrenia →
drugsmusicandshoes: dailydiseasesanddisorders: Schizophrenia (Split personality disorder) is a mental illness characterized by frequent delusions, in-comprehensive thought and speech patterns, and social or occupational dysfunction. Schizophrenia onsets during early adulthood and affects about 0.7% of the global population. The disorder… The first sentence of this is WRONG. It is NOT a...
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Flashcards! BASIC Cells and Anatomy of the Immune... →
I used to despise flashcards. They took ages to make, they were really bulky to carry around, and I would ALWAYS lose them (or spill drinks on them, or let them get really crumpled up, or drop them and have to play ‘billion card pick up’) However, like the geek that I am, I now use an app called Mental Case on my phone, and also it’s laptop equivalent. I get to mix in languages,...