How the stigma surrounding depression has negative impacts on those suffering.
Not to throw statistics at you straight off the mark, but over 264 million people globally suffer from depression. In fact, the American Academy of Suicidology states that around two-thirds of those who commit suicide are depressed at the time of their death.
That’s a big number. A too big number.
Not to mention, the risk of suicide is nearly twenty times greater for those with major depression. Twenty times.
Is depression treatable? Yes. It is. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association claims that this is the most treatable…
How VR is being applied to modern-day medicine.
When you think of virtual reality (VR), you likely picture this. ↴
… More or less.
And, frankly, who wouldn’t? I mean, VR games are incredibly mesmerizing. You’re in a 3D environment, fully immersed in a world simulation. A head-mounted display (HMD) device — or, as we say in modern English, a headset — is worn over your eyes with a small display over each one. It’s split, kinda like this. ↴
Your lovely guide to VR and AR.
Ah, Earth. I’m kinda bored of this place, to be honest. If only I could esca-
Oh, wait. I can. In fact, I could go to the moon, visit Saturn’s rings (while avoiding death, at that), or even travel to another galaxy in a literal second. And you could too, using the wonderous world of virtual reality.
By definition, virtual reality (VR) is a computer-generated (completely digital) simulation of a three-dimensional image/environment. …
“Nobody can save you but yourself — and you’re worth saving. It’s a war not easily won but if anything is worth winning — this is it.”
- Charles Bukowski
The role of nanotechnology and lipid nanoparticles in disease vaccines.
Nanotechnology relates to science conducted at the nanoscale. As the name suggests, a nanoscale is very, very tiny. In fact, it’s around 1–100 nanometers. For scale, if everyone on Earth was as small as a nanometer, every single person on the planet would fit into a Hot Wheels matchbox car. All 7 billion of us.
Because of its size, nanotechnology has a wide variety of uses. We’re able to scale down many industrial and purification processes and observe phenomena that occur at the nanoscale. Nanotechnology also has a giant role…
How free radicals/oxidative stress affect your lifespan.
Before we begin, make sure to check out part one of the Immortality Series — if you haven’t already. While this is optional, it’ll provide a better understanding of the topics I discuss here.
Alright, now we’re set.
Free radicals are also known as reactive oxygen species (ROS). These work hand-in-hand with oxidants, or reactive nitrogen species (RNS). Please note that “ROS/RNS” and “free radicals” will be used interchangeably in this article, but they relate to the same subject.
How altering a gene can treat ~15% of IPF cases.
Honestly, I think it’s safe to assume you know what lungs are — a major organ in the chest that helps us breathe. They take in oxygen from our atmosphere and serve as a place for this air to enter the blood, just as carbon dioxide leaves.
So you can imagine how terrible it’d be if our lungs were damaged or scarred, correct?
Unfortunately, for those with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), this is the case. This progressive lung disease causes scar tissue—or fibrosis—to accumulate in the lungs, therefore resulting in…
How your senescent cells are slowly killing you.
You invite guests to your house. Great, right?
Now they decide to stay for a while. They begin eating all your food, sleeping in your bed, draining all your resources. They invite their own friends — who then invite their friends — to your house and eventually, you aren’t able to get around your own home because there are too many guests taking all your supplies. This is how senescent cells work.
Senescent cells are “zombie cells” located in your body. They’re there, but don’t carry out the normal functions a cell…
A brief intro to telomeres — explained with excellent art.
Telomeres play an important role in the human body, specifically in our cells. Before we can further study them, it’s great to get a quick understanding of what they are.
Located in the nucleus of a cell in your body are chromosomes, pictured below. They’re typically expressed as an X shape, and each side is called a sister chromatid.
Now, if we were to zoom in closely enough, we’d be able to see that there are protective caps at the ends of each chromosome. This is called a telomere. …