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Autism risk linked to common gene variants
"Most of the genetic risk for autism appears to come from common gene variants rather than spontaneous gene mutations, according to a new study.
Researchers compared about 3,000 people in Sweden with and without autism and found that about 52 percent of autism was linked to common gene variants and rare inherited variations. Spontaneous genetic mutations accounted for only 2.6 percent of autism risk.”
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Consider Medical School Choice Carefully as a Minority Student - US News

Remember: You should use the MSAR to find other schools where your stats (MCAT and GPA) are at or preferably above the school’s averages, and where you match with their mission.

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Metabolic Enzyme Stops Progression of Most Common Type of Kidney Cancer
"In an analysis of small molecules called metabolites used by the body to make fuel in normal and cancerous cells in human kidney tissue, a research team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania identified an enzyme key to applying the brakes on tumor growth. The team found that an enzyme called FBP1 – essential for regulating metabolism – binds to a transcription factor in the nucleus of certain kidney cells and restrains energy production in the cell body. What’s more, they determined that this enzyme is missing from all kidney tumor tissue analyzed. These tumor cells without FBP1 produce energy at a much faster rate than their non-cancer cell counterparts. When FBP1 is working properly, out-of-control cell growth is kept in check.”
Funding:This work was supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the National Cancer Institute (CA104838).
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In order to reduce the shortage of physicians in the U.S., it appears as though building more medical schools may be part of the answer. In upcoming years, there may be up to 21 new medical schools in the United States.
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9 Things You're Doing That Drive Your Doctor Crazy

Funny but an honest article that patients do.

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Doxorubicin is a drug used in cancer chemotherapy. it works by intercalating DNA, with the most serious adverse effect being life-threatening heart damage. It is commonly used in the treatment of a wide range of cancers. Doxorubicin is commonly used to treat some leukemias and Hodgkin’s lymphoma, as well as cancers of the bladder, breast, stomach, lung, ovaries, thyroid, soft tissue sarcoma, multiple myeloma, and others. The most dangerous side effect of doxorubicin is cardiomyopathy, leading to congestive heart failure. The incidence of this cardiomyopathy is dependent on its cumulative dose. There are several ways in which doxorubicin is believed to cause cardiomyopathy, including oxidative stress, downregulation of genes for contractile proteins, and p53 mediated apoptosis.
Here’s some positive words and motivation to all the premeds out there! Have a good weekend y’all.


Chvostek’s Sign and Trousseau’s Sign  (by NEJMvideo)

Video1: Chvostek’s sign is the twitching of the facial muscles in response to tapping over the area of the facial nerve.

Video 2: Trousseau’s sign is carpopedal spasm caused by inflating the blood-pressure cuff to a level above systolic pressure for 3 minutes.