Sunday, July 27, 2014

Love or Lust?

Hello there!  I have been slacking on my post lately, I apologize for my rudeness!  But I have a great topic to discuss.  Love or Lust?  A question I know I ask myself when it comes to the opposite sex. New research has indicated that eye movements and location can determine whether or not your current situation is love or lust and spare you some of the disaster lol.

Have you ever wondered what your date was thinking as they gazed into your eyes or as they creepily undressed you with their wandering eyes?! I will help you out by explaining what the eyes can reveal between these two actions.  Eye patterns that are concentrated more on a strangers face are associated with the idea of romantic love, whereas eye contact with the body more over the eyes indicates a sexual desire.  The brain and eyes make that automatic judgment in less than a half of a second! 


The researchers behind this study used black and white photographs of couples looking into each others eyes or interacting with each other and then photos of single individuals of the opposite sex looking directly into the camera.  A group of students were used as test subjects and their task was to look at the images and determine quickly if the image showed romantic love or desire.  Results proved that those individuals who associated the photo with romantic love were more visually fixated on the face.  If the individuals thought the image was more of a sexual desire image their eyes move from the face then fixated on the rest of the body.  These results were found in both male and female cases.

This research gives insight into the first clues of how automatic attention processes can distinguish between the pure feeling of love or just feelings of desire at first sight.  There is not much known behind the science of love, but this is a great start.  I may have to use this tactic to on my next date!

To read the full article and how the study was carried out, click here: Eye movements reveal difference between love and lust

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cannabis not so bad after all

Medical Cannabis
Ever since I was a little girl I was told the horrible stories about cannabis.  For my younger generation it is known as weed, dope, and Mary-Jane to name a few!  As I grew older, I could not seem to understand why there were so many negative connotations surrounding cannabis.  I mean it grows from the earth for goodness sakes! But I will not get off topic.  I recently came across and article that I am dying to share.  New research has proved how cannabis can be used to decrease tumor growth in cancer patients. 

A group of Scientists from the University of East Anglia were able to use the main psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis to target breast cancer cells. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main ingredient and the amazing properties it retains are anti-cancer properties. To complete this study mice were induced with samples of human breast cancer to encourage tumors.  Once the tumors were detected in the mice, the THC was used to target the tumors with results showing a decrease in tumor size.

Chemical molecule for THC
Researchers have found that two main receptors in the cannabinoid receptor family are responsible for the tumor shrinkage, but are unaware of exactly which one does so.  The effects of cannabis in the medical world has been of great interest over the years and is steadily increasing.  With this new found result, some of the effects of THC being used at different doses on cancer tumors can now be explained in a more thoroughly.  Pharmaceutical industries can hope to work towards a future where safe synthetic counterparts can be created that have similar anti-cancer properties as THC.  

This was one of my favorite blog posts to present to you!  I am intrigued with the new research surrounding ways to fight cancer and will enlighten you each time I found something new on this topic.  I hope that one day scientists have the technology and research to do exactly what no one ever thought was possible, cure cancer!

To read the full article and how the doctor mentions that patients "should not be tempted to self-medicate" (lol) click here: How cannabis compound could slow tumor growth

Monday, July 7, 2014

Eye Regeneration

There are many people around the world who are diagnosed with blindness due to accidents, disease, and chemical injuries.  Some even experience partial blindness from cataracts and glaucoma.  In the past tissue or cell transplants have been used to restore the cornea.  The problem with this method is that the end result is not successful.  New research has been conducted on limbal stem cells and a molecule known as ABCB5 with results proving that it is possible to regrow human corneal tissue to restore vision.
Restored functional cornea

Limbal stem cells are rare and have the ability to maintain and regenerate eye tissue. Researchers used antibodies to detect the ABCB5 molecule in stem cells of deceased donors, (those who donated their body to science for research), and then regrew functional human corneas in mice.  The mice who did not have functional ABCB5 molecule had a loss in limbal stem cells and their corneas did not heal properly.  That finding alone shows that ABCB5 is essential to the survival and maintenance of the limbal stem cells. 

The current research is the first known example of creating a tissue from an adult human stem cell! This is an example of how basic research is moving in the direction of transplants and more advanced processes.  With this finding corneal restoration can be completed more easily and those people around the world who suffer from blindness may have a chance to restore their own vision. I find this research to be impactful and gives hope for a future where more tissue restoration can be completed.

To read the full article and how the researchers conducted their study click here: Researchers regrow corneas, first known tissue grown from an adult human stem cell