Journa Medicalis

If you’re in med school, you probably already have an inborn insatiable desire to learn more- the old and the new. If you want to find interesting information related to projects currently carried out by the SSS or learn about some of the latest discoveries, you’ve come to the right section.

A New Approach to Treating Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive cognitive decline, with impairment in multiple cognitive domains including memory, executive function, and language.The most common form of dementia, AD accounts for between 60% and 80% of total dementia cases worldwide. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death among older adults. The exact causes of AD are still unknown, but the main reason for this dementia may be the presence of two big molecules in the brain called "tau" and "amyloid proteins". The aggregation of amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) has been implicated as a contributor to the formation of…

A Drug’s Purpose: Can drugs have career shifts too?

Fathomable to our learning minds, two similar drugs can be used to treat the same disease, and two similar diseases can be treated with the same drug, or the same family of drugs. However, can the idea of drugs having benefits across, for very unexpected, unfamiliar conditions, strike you as astounding? As unrealistic and fairytal-ish as it first seems, some existing drugs have been modernly “re-purposed” to treat conditions very remote from the ones they were initially manufactured to combat. And unlike novel drug treatments, re-purposed drugs carry the advantages of potentially posing less risks, being already proven safe for…

Inventions Inspired by the Human Body

Ever wondered what humanity's greatest obsession is? Itself. Humans have been obsessing over the human body and nature, and the biology and physics behind them. Whether in art, medicine, or even engineering, inspiration was and is still found by observing and learning about our different body organs. For instance, we're all aware of how the camera lens closely resembles the iris, its aperture widening to collect more light in a dim-lighted area. But there's more to it; scientists have been digging deep into the human body to make inventions that are as quick and accurate as our own bodies' perceptions…

Philosophy of Death and Cybernetic Immortality

Death is defined as the loss of capacity to carry out vital processes. According to this definition, this might occur progressively, as in aging, or as a momentary event. However the ending of life is an ambiguous concept and can be comprehended in three different ways. It might be understood as the loss of the very last traces of life; an event in which one’s life is slowly extinguished until its gone (Denouement Death). On the other hand, it might be the line which, when crossed, guarantees extinction, basically an irreversible change, kind of like when your arterial blood pressure…
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