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How to grow Long STRONG hair?

How to grow Long STRONG hair?Yao women: China's Huangluo Village "Longest Hair Village" 
@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Are you battling with dry hair, split-ends and dandruff, and need a natural way to level-up your crowning glory--hair. Then meet the Yao women from China's "Longest Hair Village" Huangluo Village.

The Yao women are renowned for their black, long, and beautiful hair. It is amazing that they can maintain their long black hair even when they reach their 80's. As we age, our hair naturally loose it's pigment causing it to whiten, so how was it that these women were able to fight this aging sign?
Maintaining a black long hair is a symbol of beauty and weath for Yao women. To the Yao women, maintaining long black hair is sacred. It is a tradition that has been passed on for thousands of years.

Want to know their beauty secret?

You'll be glad to know that it's not some fancy salon or a pricey formula that keeps their hair beaut…
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What is root canal?

What is root canal?
@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Root canal is a dental treatment in which the pulp inside a tooth is removed, then, the area is disinfected, and is sealed off with a filling (usually gutta percha. This procedure is usually prescribe by a dentist when the tooth infection is severe and penetrates deep into the roots of a tooth.

The purpose of root canal is to relieve inflammation and pain while preserving the tooth so it wouldn't have to be pulled out for extraction.

In a root canal procedure, blood vessel, nerves, connective tissue, and necrotic tissues inside an infected tooth are removed. A professional called an endodontists performs this dental procedure.

Root canal is done using local anesthesia in a dental clinic.
 It usually only takes 2 dental appointments to be completed.

On your initial visit for a root canal procedure, visualization diagnostic procedure will usually be performed such as dental x-ray. Local anesthesia will be used to numb the area. …

Is kawasaki disease a lifelong disease?

Is kawasaki disease a lifelong disease?

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Kawasaki disease is not a lifelong disease, but this disease can leave complications individuals bear for the rest of their lives. In fact, kawasaki disease is the leading cause of acquired heart disease among children.

Kawasaki disease is characterized by inflammation of blood vessels throughout the entire body. Without prompt treatment, this disease is life-threatening.

Complications of kawasaki disease includes:

aneurysm -- weakening and bulging of blood vessel wall which can potentially rupture (causing internal bleeding and blockage of blood flow)dysrhythmia --irregar heart rythmmyocarditis -- inflammation of the heartvasculitis -- inflammation of blood vessels

18 Facts about Asthma

18 Facts about Asthma What usually comes into our mind when we hear the disease "asthma" is it's main symptom of difficulty breathing caused by an inflammed narrowed airways.

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1. Asthma is a chronic disease marked by inflammation of the respiratory tract causing constriction and swelling of the airways (bronchial tubes) and overproduction of mucus.

2. Asthma is a non-communicable disease. It does spread from person to person. Although the exact cause of asthma is unknown, factors like genetics plays a role in it's development.

3. Asthma inflicts a staggering number of the population. In America alone, 27 million people suffer from this chronic disease.

4. Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children. In fact, in America, 1 out of 12 children suffers from it.

5. There is no cure for asthma. It is marked by remissions and exacerbations.

6. Being infected with a viral infection as a child increases an individual's risk of d…

Blood doping: How Athletes Cheat the Game

Blood doping: How Athletes Cheat the Game
Is winning so glorious that an athlete would want to win a medal out of cheating through blood doping?

Blood dopping is an illegal way to enhance performance among athletes. This method to boosts athletic performance is banned by sports organizations including the world-renowned Olympics.

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Blood doping: winning by cheating
How does blood doping works? Blood doping works by boosting the oxygen carrying capability of the blood. When muscle receives more oxygen supply, the individual is able to perform better and endure longer duration of physical activity with minimal fatigue.

Blood doping is especially advantageous to athletes who participate in a sports activity where endurance and stamina is a key to victory like marathon and cycling.

However, this method is strictly banned in sport events because it is an unnatural way to boost physical performance. Strength and endurance should be built through rigorous pract…

Localized tetanus

Localized tetanus

Localized tetanus is a form of tetanus that is restricted to a localized area of the body -- the site of entry of the Clostridium tetani bacteria.

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In localized tetanus, the tetanospasmin, the neurotoxin produced by the bacteria, does not spread to the central nervous system. This form of tetanus is rare.

Sign and symptoms of localized tetanus includes weakness of the affected site and localized painful muscle contraction of the area.

Tetanus is not a communicable disease. Infection can occur when the bacteria Clostridium tetani contaminates burn, cuts, and wound. Deep wounds and improper wound care provides a suitable environment for Clostridium tetani growth.

Clostridium tetani, the bacteria responsible for causing tetanus, is an obligate anaerobe which means it can only grown in an environment where their is an absense of air. Deep wounds, dead tissues, and poorly debride wound offers a viable condition for these bacteria.

In up to…

17 Interesting Facts about Clostridium tetani

17 Interesting Facts about Clostridium tetani
Clostridium tetani is the bacteria responsible for causing tetanus in humans. Here are interesting facts about this deadly bacteria.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

1. Tetanus is a disease caused by a bacteria (Clostridium tetani) that targets the nervous system. In fact, Clostridium tetani can cause 4 types of tetanus:
1. Generalized tetanus is the most common form in which the infection spreads throughout the body.
2. Localized tetanus only affects the area near the site of C. tetani entry.
3. Cephalic tetanus involves the muscle of the face and is very painful.
4. Neonatal tetanus afflicts newborn babies and has a high fatality rate.
2. Clostridium tetani is a rod-shaped, gram positive bacteria.

3. Clostridium tetani is a bacteria that moves using rotary flagellum.

4. The word "clostridium" is derived from the Greek word "kloster" which means spindle.

5. Clostridium tetani spores are resistant to heat and can survi…

4 Peculiar Reasons we Sneeze

4 Peculiar Reasons we Sneeze Sneeze is our natural reflex to expel irritants from our airways. It's how we naturally get rid of foreign substances like pollen, dust, dander, and powder from our nose and airway.

While excessive sneezing can be a cause of annoyance and discomfort, you'll realize the importance of this reflex if you don't want those nasty foreign bodies be left stuck in your nose. But at times, we sneeze because of peculiar reasons.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

4 Peculiar reasons we sneeze
1. Light

Bright light can trigger sneeze in about one fourth of individuals. The exact mechanism remains a mystery, but it's quite possible that it has something to do with the proximity of the optic nerve. Sneeze triggered by light is also called photic sneeze reflex.

2. Temperature change

Going from hot to cold or cold to hot can inevitably trigger the sneeze reflex.

3. Exercise

What? Even something as healthy as exercise can elicit a sneeze. One reason for this phe…

Is Corticosteroid Bad for Kawasaki Disease?

Is Corticosteroid Bad for Kawasaki Disease?

Corticosteroid or steroid is use to treat patients with kawasaki disease when conventional treatment using intravenous immunoglobulin is ineffective.

In kawasaki disease, their is an inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body. Without prompt treatment, threatening cardiovascular complications can arise. This illness usually affects children and is the leading cause of heart disease among this young age group.

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Studies have conflicting results.

There are studies that reveal using corticosteroid (steroid) is beneficial to children with kawasaki disease as it decreases the risk of cardiovascular complication. Using corticosteroid decreases the duration of symptom of kawasaki disease and speeds up normalization of laboratory tests results such as c-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR).

The use of corticosteroid to treat kawasaki disease promotes faster recovery from the disease, …

Are vitamins effective in boosting the immune system?

Are vitamins effective in boosting the immune system?

If you've ever missed school or work because of a disease or if you find it all too common to contract common diseases such as common cold, you'll realize just how important it is to build a strong immune system. A very popular and well accepted strategy to boost one's immune system is through vitamin intake or multivitamin supplementation.

Vitamin supplements litter drug stores and convenience stores. It has become a go to for people who want an instant boost in their immune system. Individuals most likely to take multivitamins are those working in highly stressful jobs like the call center, and those working in places where microbes count are high like the hospital and airlines.

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Vitamins are among the crucial substances that builds a strong immune system. Vitamins such as vitamins A, B, C, D, and E plays indispensable part to maintain a health…

What is the Correct way to wear Surgical Mask

What is the Correct way to wear Surgical Mask

You may have comes across the dilemma of how to properly wear a surgical mask (also known as a face mask). Should you wear it on it's white side or it's colored side. Which one is really the correct way to wear surgical mask?

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Here's what they tell...

There are those who tell that the correct way to wear a surgical mask is to wear it with the colored side facing you when you want to prevent your infection (like respiratory tract infection) from spreading to other people. On the other hand, if you want to protect yourself from infection, you should wear the white side of the face mask facing you.

This notion assumes that the colored part of the surgical mask contains the filter which traps harmful bacteria and foreign particles. However, the above way of wearing a surgical mask has no valid basis. Even manufacturers of surgical mask don't have these instructions for donning the face mask.


11 Facts about Compulsive Liar - psychology

11 Facts about Compulsive Liar - psychology

On average, a person lies several times a day, but compulsive liar takes lying to an all new level. It's as if their lying has gone out of control.

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1. An average person lies, but with a purpose. For example, they can lie about compliments they say to friends to make them feel better or to take advantage of them. On the other hand, a compulsive liar habitually tells lies without consciously thinking about it and without any justifiable reason.

2. Compulsive liar often tell lies that does not benefit them. They can inject exaggerated lies even in the simplest context.

3. It is very hard for a compulsive liar to tell the truth. In fact, it's easier for them to spontaneously fabricate lies. The compulsion to tell lies usually starts during childhood and is associated with poor self-esteem.

4. A compulsive liar tells lies ranging from simple matter up to big issues that can jeopardize their personal life…

Why is absolute silence deafening?

Why is absolute silence deafening?

Have you ever experienced entering a room where there is a complete lack of noise? A deafening silence that's dreary and unearthly greets you.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

How you perceive absolute silence is actually your brain's work. Our brain is used to the constant stimulation around us. It has become our brain's adaptive mechanism to silence the background noises we use to hear in order for us to be able to focus on the things we do.

In this case when you're brain suddenly stops receiving sound stimulation, your brain doesn't stop processing your sensations. In fact, with the sudden absence of sound, your brain is startled.

This sudden change in noise level demands that your brain adapt to it, however, since it comes all of a sudden, you are left with this deafening feeling that seems to engulf your entire senses. It's an unfamiliar situation that feels uncomfortable.

Our brain is wired in a way that it fills in th…

15 Facts about Cold shock response -- How cold water kills faster

15 Facts about Cold shock response -- How cold water kills faster

Submerging in freezing cold water is deadly due to cold shock response (also known as cold water response). Cold shock response is poorly known by the public, however, it is through understanding bodily response towards cold water that we raise chances of survival.

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Here are facts about cold shock response that are worth knowing:

1. Cold shock response is defined as the physiologic reaction of a person when there is a sudden shift to a very low temperature (usually below 15 degrees Celsius). Cold shock response is the adaptive mechanism of the body when exposed to very low temperature which makes death by cold water faster.

2. You can experience cold shock response the instant you fell in cold water. Some people think that they can easily swim to safety, not knowing what cold shock response does to their body. Cold shock response can render a person incapacitated in just a few minutes. …

21 Facts about Kawasaki Disease

High grade fever (40 degrees Celsius or higher) for over 4 days that's unresponsive to paracetamol and ibuprofen is usually the first sign of kawasaki disease. Most parents are not familiar with this disease because it is very rare. However, without treatment, this is a fatal illness that's a leading cause of acquired heart disease in children.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

1. Kawasaki disease is a rare illness that commonly affects children under 5 years of age.

2. Having an Asian descent (specially Japanese and Korean) increases the chance of developing kawasaki disease.

3.The cause of kawasaki disease is unknown.

4. Kawasaki disease is also known as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome.

5. Kawasaki disease is not contagious.

6. Kawasaki disease is identified in the year 1967 and is named after the Japanese pediatrician Dr. Tomisaku Kawasaki.

7. Kawasaki disease occurs worldwide, but Japan has higher incidence of this disease.

8. Localized outbreaks of kawasaki disease usu…

Is thinking so hard... which makes pain so much better?

Imagine this. You are given a task to sit alone and think for about 15 minutes. You can think about anything you'd like, but you are not allow to sleep. This shouldn't be hard.

Let's make things a little exciting. I'll give you an option to press a button that will instantly give you a safe but painful dose of a mild electric shock. Let me make it clear that you don't have to press this shock button, unless you want to.

Let's have a demo. Please press the shock button. Very good! Now, you just realize that although this is a safe dose of a mild electric shock, it is still too painful. In fact, you'll even want to pay me just to avoid an electric shock.

How hard could this be? Sit and think. Who would want to self-administer an electric shock?

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The Revelation

What if I tell you that their's an actual research that used this method only to reveal that being left alone to sit and think is unbearable that a good number of  …

Inadequate Sleep boosts Appetite

Loosing few hours of precious sleep each night can leave you with more than an eye bug and a sleepy day. Lack of enough sleep can literally add up several pounds to your weighing scale. The connection between inadequate sleep and obesity is so strong that we can no longer take this fact for granted.

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Not having enough sleep messes up with the body's hormones and metabolism.

Scientific studies show that inadequate sleep decreases leptin hormone and increases ghrelin hormone in the body leading to an increase in appetite, which can consequently, lead to an inevitable weight gain.

The role of leptin and ghrelin

Leptin is a hormone produced by fat cells whose purpose is to suppress appetite and increase metabolism. However, even when obese people have high leptin levels, their body has become immune to it's effect.

Moreover, leptin promotes inflammation, an important precursor in the development of many chronic diseases such as cardiovascular dis…

Liver: the only internal organ that can fully regener

Sitting in your abdomen is a massive internal organ weighing 3 lbs (1.3 kg), without which, you can't possibly survive. It's your liver. Amazingly, liver is the only internal organ of a human being that can fully regenerate itself.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Even if just a quarter of a human liver is left, it can grow back to it's full size. That's good news because our liver is critical to our survival. Unlike other organs, the liver regenerates both it's tissues and functions, leaving no scar.

Our liver detoxifies our blood. All the stuffs you've ingested is screened by your liver to ensure you don't end up with sepsis or blood poisoning.

The ability to regenerate is a magnificent feat that serves us well, but do know that while the liver can grow back to it's full mass, regenerated liver tissue is unable to mold back in it's original shape. So, don't expect a perfectly shaped liver. The good thing is liver regeneration doesn't l…

10 Horrible Facts about Common Cold

Who doesn't hate coming down with watery eyes, runny nose, uncontrollable sneeze, clogged nose, headache, cough, and sore throat -- the frequent signs and symptoms of common cold. No one obcourse, ironically, we all had it. Now, how about we look into some of the facts that makes common cold a clever and dangerous disease that shouldn't be taken lightly.

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1. More than 200 types of virus is responsible for causing common cold in humans. Among the most common are rhinovirus, corona virus, and influenza virus. That means, building an immunity against common cold is hard. In fact, there is no vaccine against common cold. This is one disease we can't help but get multiple times each year.

2. You may want to count. Each year, adult usually get ill with common cold about 2 to 3 times. Children get infected with common cold much more often.

3. Surviving common cold is a feat of the immune system, without which, can easily turn common cold into a kill…

The Lifesaving Purpose of Pets

Why do we have pets? We humans are wired to be social beings. But, let's face it, there are times when being with fellow humans can be really painful and stressful. Ever wonder why cats and dogs have an enormous fanbase online?

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Does the comradery of a pet serves a purpose? Research reveals that pets provide such a strong support, at times, even more effective than the support we get from our family, spouse, or close friend.

Don't underestimate the huge emotional impact that pets have on us. There are documentaries of people who survived tough times thanks to their pet, which will make you see pets in a new light.

Studies reveal that the presence of a dog improves performance and lessens error. Furthermore, pets are beneficial to the cardiovascular system as their mere presence lowers blood pressure and heart rate.

It may have been our natural instinct to find a way to fill our longing and cut down on stress by befriending those who can actual…

12 Facts about Phenytoin

Phenytoin is an anti-epileptic drug used to treat and prevent seizure. Want to know more facts about it?

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

1. Phenytoin had been used since 1938 to treat seizure.

2. Do not stop taking phenytoin abruptly unless directed by your doctor because this can aggravate seizure attacks.

3. Long term use of phenytoin can reduce Vitamin D in the body making the individual prone to skeletal problems such as fracture and osteoporosis.

4. Phenytoin can reduce insulin release which can lead to high blood sugar level.

5. Taking phenytoin can make some people suicidal.

6. Phenytoin can be taken either with or without food.

7. If you miss one dose of phenytoin and it's almost time for your next dose, do not take double dose.

8. Phenytoin decreases the effectivenes of birth control pills.

9. Calcium impedes the absorption of phenytoin.

10. Nystagmus, or the involuntary jerking of the eyes, is the most common side effect of phenytoin in children, but does not affect t…

11 Facts about Seizure in Newborn Babies

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

1. Seizure happens when clusters of neurons get excited uncontrollably all at once.

2. Seizure is usually the first sign of an underlying neurological problem in newborn.

3. 1 to 5 in every 1000 live births are afflicted with neonatal seizure.

4. Preterm babies have higher incidence of seizure compared to term birth babies.

5. If seizure is left untreated, it can cause further damage to the developing brain of the newborn.

6. Seizure in newborn has many etiology, like:
intracranial hemorrhage
hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy

7. Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is the most common cause of seizure in term birth babies.

8. Continous video-electroencephalogram (cEEG) monitoring is the gold standard to diagnose neonatal seizure.

9. Most cases of neonatal seizure are asymptomatic.

10. Electroclinical dissociation describes the phenomenon when a seizure activity is detected by cEEG, but the …

13 Facts about Varicose viens

Varicose viens are dilated and twisted viens usually with bluish tinge commonly seen on the lower extremities.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

1. In healthy viens, there are one way valves which prevent pooling of the blood, however in varicose viens, the valves are faulty, not closing properly which allows blood to backflow and accumulate in the viens leading to bulging and pain.

2. Genetics is the number one predisposing factor in developing varicose viens.

3. Obesity, advancing age, pregnancy, prolong standing and prolong sitting contributes to the formation of varicose viens.

4. Varicose vien affects more female than male.

5. Exercise, leg elevation, and use of compressive stocking are beneficial to individuals with varicose viens.

6. Having varicose viens increases the risk of forming blood clots (thrombus) which can travel to the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism.

7. Avoid standing or sitting for a long period of time as gravity puts pressure on the viens of the lower extrem…

How to make Garlic Oil?

Garlic is sensational for it's culinary and medicinal wonders. It's a superfood that's commonly sitting in the kitchen.

Want to add flavor to soup or scrambled egg? Then, how about we use garlic oil?

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Making garlic oil is easy. Here's a step by step guide.

8 cloves crushed garlic1 cup edible oil of your choice
Instruction to make garlic oil:
Pour 8 cloves crushed garlic and 1 cup oil in a saucepan.Put it under medium heat and stir occasionally for about 5 minutes or until the garlic turns golden brown.Strain the garlic bits off.Pour in the garlic oil in a glass container and let it cool.Store in the body of a refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Do not store garlic oil in room temperature so you don't risk contracting botulism.

If you'd like, you can also leave the garlic bits in the garlic oil so you'll get a stronger taste.

Honey and Lemon for Cough

The combo of honey and lemon as a home remedy for cough is popular for good reasons. Honey is a demulcent, which means that it forms a protective layer on the mucous membrane of the mouth and throat to soothe and prevent abrasion. In addition, honey acts a natural cough suppressant.

Lemon, a citrus fruit, is rich in Vitamin C which is advantageous to the immune system.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Who doesn't hate a bout of cough? Although it's a natural reflex to help expel pledge and secretions from the airways, there are times when it's doing more annoyance. Here's a classic twist of honey and lemon you should try to ease your cough.

    1 cup or 8 ounce warm water    1 piece fresh lemon    2 teaspoon honey    juicer
    To obtain more juice from a lemon, soak it in warm water for about 15 minutes before you juice it.    Pour 1 cup or 8 ounce warm water in a mug    Cut a lemon in half    Use a juicer to juice the lemon, strain it and pour…

Anger and Depression Lowers Immunity, Promotes Inflammation

Did you know that when you're angry or depressed, your immune system is also failing you. With lower immunity arises health concerns such as sluggish wound healing and delayed recovery from infection.

Both anger and drepression is linked to high levels of cytokines which promotes inflammamation. Chronic inflammation is linked to the development of many diseases like cardiovascular disease, colitis, and inflammatory bowel disorder.
High levels of cytokines helps explain why those with anger or depression experience social withdrawal, loss of appetite, and sluggishness.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan
Anger and depression are two different emotion but they share several bad things in common that have tremendous impact to the well-being of an individual.
Being angry or depressed makes you vulnerable to diseases because the levels of antibody in your body flunks. If that's not scary enough, imagine this. Did you know that up to 2 hours following an anger outburst, you double y…

General Anesthesia cuts down Child's Intelligence

Their are cases when children have to undergo surgery and be given general anesthesia. Undergoing surgery is scary enough. Even so, knowing that general anesthesia can cut down a child's intelligence can freak out some parents.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

A child's brain development during their formative years (6-12 years old) raises great concern among parents.

When major surgery is deemed necessary, the use of anesthesia is a must...unless you want the surgery to be a living nightmare. But the use of general anesthesia does have it's downside when it comes to intelligence.

Researchers found out that children exposed to general anesthesia has a marked reduction in intelligence. Children experience impairment in memory and difficulty learning.

It is alarming that the bad impact of general anesthesia has over intelligence is dramatic even up to 3 month after undergoing operation.

It isn't until 1 year after surgery that a child is able to fully recover from the …

Does Vacation at Home Eliminate Work-related Stress?

Did you know that taking a vacation is one of the most effective strategy to shake off work-related stress.
Like it or not, most workplaces bombard their employees with stress every single workingday. Stress impacts performance, decision making, health, and well-being.
When stress is piled high, burnout is inevitable. What better way to shake it off than good'ol vacation.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan
During vacation, do you choose to stay at home or go somewhere you've never been before?
Want to know which one is better? Here's a research by C. Blank et al. in which they've recruited 40 employees who hold middle manager position. They were split into two groups. Half stayed at home while the others stayed in a hotel for a short vacation lasting 4 consecutive days.
It turns out that even those manager who stayed at home during vacation had great reduction in stress and significant improvement in well-being. Both group gain benefit from taking a time away from wor…

What? Kill Cancer with Measles Virus?

Breakthrough: Measles virus hold potential for cancer treatment.

Have you read the news? Measles Virus Kills Cancer

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Cancer is hard to battle. In search for better ways to kill this deadly disease, let's talk about viruses, particularly measles.

A normal person will definitely dread the idea of contracting measles, but recent breakthrough reveals it can offer an effective way to fight cancer.

This may sound horrifying, but the potential of using virus for cancer treatment became evident when tumor growth progression deteriorated among some cancer patients who contracted viral illness.

One success story of using measles virus against cancer is the case of Stacy Erholtz who had a remission of multiple myeloma after she received a single dose containing massive amounts of attenuated measles virus courtesy of Mayo Clinic. Do note that the measles virus she received were laboratory engineered to be weaker.

How do measles virus kill cancer?

Attenuated me…


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