What happens in glioblastoma, exactly?

What is it? Glioblastoma is a very aggressive type of brain cancer. The symptoms often get worse quickly, and they can include things like headache, personality changes, and nausea. About 15% of brain tumors are glioblastomas. Unfortunately it is very hard to treat, and the average length of survival after diagnosis is only 12-15 months with 3%-5%… Continue reading What happens in glioblastoma, exactly?

What happens in COPD, exactly?

What is it? COPD is a lung disease that impairs the normal flow of air for a long period of time. The typical symptoms include cough and shortness of breath. COPD worsens over time, and as the disease progresses, normal things like walking up stairs can become near impossible. COPD is extremely common; it affects… Continue reading What happens in COPD, exactly?

What happens in rheumatoid arthritis, exactly?

What is it? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term condition that typically causes joints to become painful, swollen and warm. It is an autoimmune disease which means that it is caused by the body’s immune system attacking the body itself. RA affects about 0.5% to 1% of adults in the developed world. Women are affected… Continue reading What happens in rheumatoid arthritis, exactly?

What happens in Leigh disease, exactly?

What is it? Leigh disease is rare genetic disorder that mainly affects the brain and the spinal cord. The first symptoms typically appear within the first year of a child’s life, and they include things like diarrhea, vomiting and trouble with swallowing. As the disease progresses, the brain slowly looses control over the muscles. This… Continue reading What happens in Leigh disease, exactly?

What happens in acne, exactly?

What is it? Acne is a long-term skin disease. It is characterized by areas of skin with lots of blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. It typically appears during adolescence and it causes significant psychological stress to many teenagers, as people that age are often already self-conscious about their physical appearance and having imperfect skin doesn’t help… Continue reading What happens in acne, exactly?

What is CRISPR, exactly?

So this post is going to be a bit different but I’m so excited about CRISPR that I couldn’t resist writing about it!  I hope you find it interesting  🙂 CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats – I know, let’s just stick to CRISPR!)  are parts of DNA where the same code is repeated over and over… Continue reading What is CRISPR, exactly?