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2019 12/Feb
Anti-Vax Movement

Currently across the globe, though mainly in the United States and some European countries, misinformation has led to the rise of the anti-vax ideas and beliefs which has dire consequences for health outcomes. This article discusses what the anti-vax movement is, how misinformation has contributed to it, what affects it has on children health and […]

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2019 22/Jan
SfAA 2019

A paper I co-authored with Matt Artz, MS, MBA has been accepted to the SfAA 2019 Conference in Portland, Oregon. The session we are part of is titled Pursuing Ethnic Understanding and Reconciliation. SfAA 2019 Session Participants CHAIR:BOTICA, Jennifer (Kleanza Consulting Ltd) ROKHIDEH, Maryam (U Notre Dame) Creating Certainty out of Uncertainty through Cross-Border Trade on the Congo-Rwanda Border […]

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2019 3/Jan

Today’s medical biochemistry note is about Coenzyme Q10 and idiopathic male infertility. Worldwide 15% of reproductive-age couples suffer from infertility, and male infertility contributes to almost half of infertility cases [1-3]. Male infertility can be attributed to multifactorial heterogeneous conditions, including varicocele, cryptorchidism, hypogonadism, infection, systemic diseases, testicular cancer, genetic abnormalities, and oxidative stress-induced male […]

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2018 17/Oct
AAA-San-Jose-2018

For the 2018 American Anthropology Association (AAA) conference in San Jose, I helped to co-author a late-breaking gallery session titled: Bioethics, Reunification, and Genetic Testing along the US Mexico Border: is “23and Me” the Answer?. The presentation will be given by Matt Artz, Thursday, November 15, 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM. Please stop by to support […]

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2018 10/Jul

Hemoglobin (Heme + Globin) is a heterotetramer composed of four polypeptide subunits (2 α and 2 β), each with a prosthetic heme group plus a globin chain. The heme group is formed of a heterocyclic ring, known as a porphyrin which contains an iron (Fe) atom in its center. Usually, the Fe is in the […]

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2018 20/May

Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is a syndrome resulting from the inappropriate activation of blood coagulation and formation of microvascular thrombi. During the process, consumption of platelets and coagulation factor occur. In some cases, activation of the fibrinolytic pathway may cause severe bleeding. If sufficiently severe, DIC can produce multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS). Commonly patients with DIC have alterations in […]

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2018 21/Feb

Anemia is strictly defined as a decrease in red blood cell (RBC) mass or blood hemoglobin concentration. The prevalence of anemia in population studies of healthy, nonpregnant people depends on the hemoglobin (Hb) levels chosen for the lower limit of normal values. The World Health Organization (WHO) anemia definition is Hb levels <12.0 g/dL in women and […]

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2018 16/Feb

The cell is the basic unit with cell membrane that contains the fundamental molecules of life. All living things are composed of cells, and an organelle is a specialized subunit within a cell that has a specific function. Individual organelles are usually separately enclosed within their own lipid bilayers. Cilia and Kartagener syndrome It’s a variant of […]

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2018 6/Feb

Bcl-2 (B-cell lymphoma-2gene) is a member of Bcl-2 family, which contains Bcl-2, Bcl-xi, Bax, Bak, Bid, and Bad. Bcl-2, localized mainly on the outer membrane of the mitochondrion, is a very important antiapoptosis factor, by preventing the release of cytochrome C and then restraining the activation of the caspase, which is crucial for cell apoptosis. […]

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2018 28/Jan

Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) ) represents the most common mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Tumors are slow growing and usually located in the stomach or small intestine. In the United States, an estimated 4000 to 5000 new cases of GISTs are diagnosed annually. Data on worldwide frequency are limited, but in general, GISTs […]

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