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Are there known functions of AST, ALT, and amylase in the blood?

A number of enzymes can be measured in the blood or plasma that aid in the diagnosis of certain diseases. For example, patients with particular liver diseases may have elevated aspartate ...
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Is Valerian extract a diuretic or an antidiuretic?

I am trying to determine if valepotriates (valerian extract) is a diuretic or an antidiuretic. Some individuals take valerian as an herbal supplement for anxiety disorders. Some individuals claim that ...
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Why can't we find a broad spectrum antiviral drug to viruses like antibiotics to bacteria?

Antibiotics have a very broad spectrum because they attack the metabolism pathways many bacteria share. For example, penicillin inhibits peptidoglycan synthesis, which is vital for formation of cell ...
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Are there available fluids that can be used in place of blood to facilitate oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange during major surgery/trauma?

Are there any available fluid alternatives that can be used instead of blood replacement that adequately exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide?
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How do cancers eventually lead to death / other debilitating symptoms? [closed]

With regards to people I know or have read about who live with cancer, most of their symptoms are results of chemotherapy, surgical interventions, etc., which have the goal of eradicating the cancer. ...
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Why does cold kill humans but not bacteria? [closed]

Bacteria can continue like nothing happened after being exposed to low temperatures why doesn't this happen to humans as well? Why can't our metabolic machinery continue as normal?
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Why is chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) most common leukemia in the West but so rare in Asia?

In "Advances in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia" (2013, Edited by Sami Malek), several times it is stated that CLL is very common in Western countries. However, it is quite rare in Asia. (I do not have ...
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iPSC in drug discovery

Pluripotent stem cells are very popular and lots of research has been conducted to use these cells as a tool for drug discovery. My question is how many years would it theoretically safe is we could ...
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Healing of Skin Superficial Wound

How does the body heal a skin wound without bleeding? I had a wound in which thick layer of skin was gone and which was too painful to touch. I could see the wound secreting clear liquid rather than ...
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Why alcohol can't help with OCD?

I was thinking about influence of ethanol on our brain. We know, that ethanol can affect GABA receptors and increase flow of chlorine in our brain cells. So it makes signal weaker and slow our CNS ...
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How is the side-polarity of the myosin filament in myofibril maintained?

If myosin molecules are the properly oriented relative to their position in the the myosin filaments, the sarcomere is not functional. But how is the orientation of the myosin molecules determined? ...
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Is a bone marrow transplant limited by sex?

Can a female patient get transplanted with bone marrow of a male donor and vice versa?
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Do animals get sick with hemorrhoids?

Do animals get sick with hemorrhoids ? And why Humans are most affected of it ? Is it because the gravity center of Humans is sittuated in the anal ?
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Why is an excess number of eosinophils consistent with a violent allergic reaction? [closed]

What roles do eosinophils play in allergic reaction?
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Why does HPV Infect Squamous Epithelial Cells and Not Others?

I've seen this question about HPV and the reference therein. The link states "Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a DNA virus that presents tropism for epithelial cells, causing infections of the skin and ...
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What causes swelling after impact?

Why does the head swell after getting hit by something hard? What is the liquid that forms after impact?
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What is a catalytic domain?

I have to answer a few questions from an article I'm reading, and I am just really confused on defining "catalytic domain." I have to relate it to the antibiotic Teixobactin. Is catalytic domain the ...
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Do “scars” in humans replace all the skin layers or only some layers?

When someone has a cut or surgical incision that results in a "scar", is the scar tissue replacing all 3 layers of the skin (epidermis, dermis, hypodermis)? Or only the first one or two of them?
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Why exactly does a scarf help against a neck pain and a sore throat?

I was going out without a scarf and as this day my neck was more sensitive; after a while my voice was rasping, I needed to cough and my neck was hurting slightly. After coming home I put on my silk ...
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Why are kidney discard rates so high?

A recent report from UNOS states: The kidney discard rate has returned to pre-KAS levels, dropping from 20.2 percent in the first six months to 18.4 percent in months 7-10. To me, this seems quite ...
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Blood draw from the elderly or those with tiny veins

A lot of people have very small veins making it next to impossible to draw blood. Would a nitroglycerin tablet (or some other vasodilator) before drawing blood help to enlarge veins?
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Can/Have cancer cells be/been used in stem cell culture lines?

Since Cancer cells have unlimited growth potential, can they be induced towards totipotency and pluripotency? If so, can cancer cells be used in stem cell culture because of similar properties of ...
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Homeopathy is placebo, but isn't placebo good?

I never considered homeopathy as a serious and scientific medicine, and now we have plenty of evidence supporting this (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/12/no-scientific-case-...
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To have a drug travel to a specific place in the body can you just coat the drug in extracellular signals recognized by target cells?

In a lecture of mine the professor was talking about the issue faced in regards to drug therapy when it comes to targeting lung cells in cystic fibrosis. It was said that if unless the drug gets ...
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Is it possible for a person to eat so many carrots that one turns orange?

I once read that Jerry Rubin (a famous 1960s activist) ate so many carrots that he turned orange. (This was in the East Bay Express, around twenty years ago.) I assumed it could be true, though he ...
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Do oral vaccines exist?

Do edible vaccines exist, and if yes, what is their mode of action? Are there any edible vaccines commercially available now?
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Why do doctors still advise HIV+ couples to wear a condom during sex?

HIV infected people already have HIV, but why do doctors still advise condom use for HIV+ couples?
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Source of journals collecting titles of scientific publications regarding clinical trials with dogs fed medicinal herbs

After some time researching on the web, you can find a lot of websites telling you that some herbs may have or have specific properties(unfortunately most seem to be "advertised" as if they were ...
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How does drug-induced photosensitivity work?

Some drugs (tetracyclines, for instance) can cause photosensitivity reactions—that is, some patients become extremely sensitive to the sun, developing rashes or inflammation after spending time ...
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Does alcohol really do more damage to the body of a child compared to an adult?

Beside the fact that children and teens (people under the age of 18 year) usually have less body weight than the average adult, is there a biologically fundamental difference between the damage done ...
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Why can't diamine oxidase be supplemented?

I've read from an academic article that diamine oxidase cannot be supplemented but it had no explanation as for why. I am curious as to why this? Food rich in histamine or red wine may cause ...
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Where’s the flaw in my proposed TB Treatment?

Ten years ago, I emailed a prominent lung specialist with my suggestion for a treatment for Tuberculosis. His lack of response led me to believe that the idea had no merit whatsoever – but I had no ...
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Why do some medicines induce sleep? [closed]

I have seen lot of people sleep or say that they are feeling sleepy after taking some medicines. Why? I mean, if a medicine acts on some cell of the body because that cell has got its receptors and ...
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Are there medical treatments that were so effective they were never subjected to a randomized control trial?

I'm thinking of things like antibiotics for meningitis or tuberculosis, or thiamine for Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. In those cases the magnitude of the treatment effect might have been so great that ...
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What can cause a lump in the middle of the neck? (homework case study) [closed]

What can cause an erythematous, fluctuant, nontender mass in the middle of the neck? Full Case Study: (Its the last of 6 cases and I just can't figure this one out, because of all the possibilities, ...
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Does homeopathic or herbal treatment of cancer have any scientific recognition?

Even though we have a very high tech society, cancer is still a serious issue. We humans still are not entirely capable of fighting cancer. Radiation and chemotherapy are still considered the best ...
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Doing a medical study on yourself?

What research guidelines is a person legally mandated to follow if they want to do medical experimentation on themselves? There is a large amount of variation in the types of medical experiments so I ...
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Why are pharmacology studies so experimental?

I am a med student, and as far as I see from our pharmacology lectures, pharmacologists work almost completely experimental. Quite typically they take a substance (e.g., from nature), they add, change ...
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Why do people in the scientific community use terminology such as renal, hepatic, cardiac instead of kidney, liver and heart? [closed]

Are there differences between renal, hepatic, cardiac and kidney, liver and heart? Is the "jargon" used more commonly because of tradition, or is there some definitive biological basis to it?
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How does the body respond to blood donation; are there any possible risks?

Can blood donation cause any harm to the donor? I have been told so, but cannot find any references supporting this claim. I have also learned that our body will replace the lost fluids within 24 ...
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Should hydrogen peroxide be applied on a bloody nose? [closed]

When I was a kid, my parents taught me to apply hydrogen peroxide on my nose whenever it bled. It's a rare event, but my nose bleeds from time to time, and when it does, I always go through the same ...
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Do Penicillin based antibiotics affect birth control?

I wasn't sure whether to ask this question on Biology or Chemistry Stack Exchange, since it is really biochemisty, but this is something that's been puzzling me. Most pharmacists (all that I've ...
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Is it possible for a human to get rabies from a rabies vaccine meant for dogs?

What would happen if a human was injected with a rabies vaccine meant for dogs? I know vaccines can contain weak or dead strains of the virus, but is it possible that the human could become infected ...
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How does food intake affect medicine? Why pill instructions recommends taking them before (after) meal?

Even simple vitamins seem to have this in the instruction. Why is is so? Is there some simple model of how do pills interact with food? Does it depend on the food type? (What about drinks?) Should ...
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What is overdiagnosis?

What is overdiagnosis ? I have searched this Wiki result but didn't understood at all. Can you please explain the first two line of Wikipedia : Overdiagnosis is the diagnosis of "disease" that ...
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Is it a medical condition to not able to recall the word in a language while having a conversation [closed]

While having a conversation it happens to some peopl that clearly they know there exists a perfect word to be used but can not recall it during the conversation in real time and hence forced to use ...
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How does vasoconstriction/vasodilation change blood pressure?

Background: I am coming at this question from an electrical engineering background, and I feel like I am missing certain assumptions that are going into the statement found in my physiology textbook, "...
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Miscarriage in early humans

Today, about 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancy end in miscarriage. Pregnancy is a biological process that has been very well studied by medicine. As a result, modern medicine helps a lot to prevent ...
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Survival curve in early humans

The survival curve/function describes the probability of a given individual to survive to age $x$. In humans, today's survival function is very much influenced by medicine. This leads me to wonder ...
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Are we more/less resistant to infectious diseases during an allergic reaction?

To my understanding, an allergic response is a non-adaptive response of the immune system to some molecule. The molecule in question is therefore "thought by the immune system" to be infectious ...