Throwback Thursdays: Gertrude Belle Elion

Gertrude Belle Elion’s career as a chemist was inspired by the death of her beloved grandfather, who died of cancer. She vowed to find its cure and in her quest to do so developed 45 treatments that help the immune system overcome cancer, organ transplant, and Herpes virus, among others. Elion’s greatest contribution may have been Purinethol – the first major drug used to fight leukemia (type of cancer). She won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1988.

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Source:
50 Women Who Changed Our Health
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Motivation Mondays – Emma Watson

“Becoming yourself is really hard and confusing. I was completely the eager beaver in school. I was the girl in the front of the class who was the first person to put her hand up and it’s often not cool to be the person that puts themselves out there, and I’ve often gotten teased mercilessly, but I found that ultimately if you truly pour your heart into what you believe in – even if it makes you vulnerable – amazing things can and will happen.” – Emma Watson

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Motivation Monday – Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

“Figure out who you are separate from your family, and the man or woman you’re in a relationship with. Find who you are in this world and what you need to feel good alone. I think that’s the most important thing in life. Find a sense of self because with that, you can do anything else.”   – Angelina Jolie

World Sickle Cell Day – June 19th

June 19th is World Sickle Cell Day! Sickle cell is a global public health problem. You can help by learning more, knowing if you have the trait, donating blood, and becoming a bone marrow donor or sharing about donating newborns cord blood to a public bank!

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Did you know?

  • Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is the most frequent genetic disease worldwide. It is characterized by a change in the shape of the red blood cell from a smooth, donut-shape into a crescent or half moon shape. The half moon shaped blood cell can block blood flow in the body. This can lead to pain, bacterial infections, and other health problems.
  • Sickle cell disease is inherited and can only occur when both parents are carriers of trait genes for the particular condition.
  • It is estimated that 500,000 are born every year with this severe condition and that 50% of them will die before the age of 5 years.
  • SCD affects black populations from African origin and Arabic, Indian and Caucasian populations from Southern Europe.

Have a great weekend!

Sources:
  1. 3rd World Sickle Cell Day
  2. Sickle-cell disease and other hemoglobin disorders
  3. World Sickle Cell Day

Alzheimer’s Disease

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, so let’s learn something new!

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia which causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. There are about 200,000 people who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s (under age 65). One out of 9 people who are 65 and older have Alzheimer’s. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.

What Are 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s?

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

*For more details about the warning signs, please click here.

Why Is Alzheimer’s Disease Important?

Alzheimer’s interferes with one’s quality of life. It is important to know about Alzheimer’s because some risk factors are advancing age, family history, and genetics. You might know someone close to you who might be developing this disease, so be aware of the warning signs! Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s is the only disease that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed among the top 10 causes of death in the United States. Research continues to be done.

 

 

Sources:

  1. Alzheimer’s Association – What is Alzheimer’s?
  2. Alzheimer’s Association – 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
  3. Alzheimer’s Association – 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures