Sunday, December 15, 2013

Final Exit: This doctor sees death daily – but should he help suffering patients end their lives?

Cover of "Final Exit"
Cover of Final Exit
Final Exit: This doctor sees death daily – but should he help suffering patients end their lives?: "Now, as his province sits poised to legalize doctor-hastened death, Borod raises a blunt question:  Would euthanasia, a lethal injection that would have abruptly stopped her breathing and her heart – a step far more aggressive than the “palliative sedation therapy” he had administered – have been more humane?"

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Are 'Super-Enhancers' The Key to Cancer Therapy?

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Will Newly Discovered 'Super-Enhancers' Allow Us to Control Genes? - The Doctor's Channel:

"Nancy Simonian, MD, CEO, Syros Pharmaceuticals elaborates on the breakthrough discovery of super-enhancers, large groups of transcriptional enhancers that drive expression of genes that define cell identity. "

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Pharmacy History

"The earliest known compilation of medicinal substances was ARIANA the Sushruta Samhita, an Indian Ayurvedic treatise attributed to Sushruta in the 6th century BC. However, the earliest text as preserved dates to the 3rd or 4th century AD.
Many Sumerian (late 6th millennium BC - early 2nd millennium BC) cuneiform clay tablets record prescriptions for medicine.[3]

Ancient Egyptian pharmacological knowledge was recorded in various papyri such as the Ebers Papyrus of 1550 BC, and the Edwin Smith Papyrus of the 16th century BC.

The earliest known Chinese manual on materia medica is the Shennong Bencao Jing (The Divine Farmer's Herb-Root Classic), dating back to the 1st century AD. It was compiled during the Han dynasty and was attributed to the mythical Shennong. Earlier literature included lists of prescriptions for specific ailments, exemplified by a manuscript "Recipes for 52 Ailments", found in the Mawangdui tomb, sealed in 168 BC. Further details on Chinese pharmacy can be found in the Pharmacy in China article."

From Wikipedia:

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