What is the Intimate Connection Between Delicious Spot Prawns and Diseased Starfish?

Is the loss of starfish affecting the supply and price of our delicious spot prawns?

In this article, you’ll learn how the populations of both starfish and spot prawns also depend on 2 other species, sea urchins and kelp. And how the decline in the starfish population due to a wasting disease is affecting the supply of our spot prawns…More

January 22, 2020

How Keeping Brain Cells Alive May Help You Fully Recover from Stroke

New work shows that there are tiny little packages that can deliver powerful healing to brain cells.

Do you know anyone who has suffered from stroke?

A stroke can be devastating because of the dramatic physical and emotional effects that can result from you or your loved ones experiencing one.

Stroke is usually associated with elderly men. But women get strokes, too.

Scientists at the University of Georgia have just published an article showing that delivering little fluid filled packages called exosomes into the brains of pigs can lead to their complete recovery from a stroke….More

We’re Just Big Slime Buckets – Part 3

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Why, when, where and how our slime is created and what happens when things go wrong.

In this article, Part 3, I look at our upper respiratory system to illustrate how and where mucus is made and by which cells, what its constituents are and how it works to protects us from infections and keeps our bodies operating like well oiled machines.

You’ll also learn about mucin genes and see how turning them on and off ensures that we maintain the amount of mucus we need for everyday usage. You’ll also see what happens when an infection is detected…More

January 4, 2020

Everything You Need to Know About Your Genes

These days everyone wants to know all about their genes and what they might learn about themselves if they knew their DNA (genomic) sequence.

Do I have any bad genes that could make me sick? Do I carry any bad genes that I might pass on to my child that will make them sick? How come my hair is black and my Mom’s is brown? Why am I so much taller than my Mom and Dad? Who am I related to? What is my ancestry? And the list goes on and on….

In this article I give you just enough information about your genes so that you‘re comfortable when someone starts talking about genes, genetics and genomes…More

How Many Diseases Are There You Never Heard Of?

There are a LOT of them! But you don’t often need to worry about them.

There are over a thousand rare diseases that most of us will never encounter or ever have to deal with or experience. They can range from dramatic, painful and agonizing short-term conditions that end in premature death to a chronic long-term disability with no cure in sight…More

December 17, 2019

How to Eradicate a Disease

We eradicated smallpox in 1980. What’s next?

In 1980 small pox was declared officially eradicated worldwide. In 2015, strain 2 of the polio virus was eliminated. In October, 2019, strain 3 of the polio virus was also declared eradicated by the World Health Organization. That leaves only strain 1 of the polio virus left to deal with to completely eradicate polio in our modern world.

What do we need to do to eradicate many other infectious diseases? It turns out that there are 5 conditions that need to be satisfied in order to eradicate a disease…More

December 10, 2019

We’re Just Big Slime Buckets- Part 2

Say your kid (or your partner or best friend or someone at work) has been running around with a stuffed up drippy nose all week and now your own nose is getting stuffed up and drippy. And you think, shoot, I’m coming down with a cold! I hate being sick.

And that’s a good thing. Why you should appreciate your sliminess.

But maybe you’re not. Getting sick, I mean.

Maybe all that slime is actually doing something good for you…More

November 7, 2019

We’re Just Big Slime Buckets – Part 1

That’s what I was most of my life. How I changed that and why you should appreciate your sliminess.

I have been fighting a life-long battle with mucus. Not a major war like people with cystic fibrosis or other true disease conditions, but definitely what seems to me to have been a never-ending series of skirmishes.

My first major battle happened when I was about 9 or 10 years old. Our family had gone on holiday to Upstate New York (at the time we lived on Long Island, NY) and went on a tour of Howe Caverns. As we descended I found it harder and harder to breathe, started wheezing and by the end of the tour, my Dad was carrying me because I wasn’t able to walk it was so hard to breathe.

That was my first asthma attack…More