MAGICAL: A cluster of neural cells were derived from human embryonic stem cells in the lab Stem cells collected from fat may have use in anti-aging treatments

Date: February 17, 2017
Source: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Summary: Adult stem cells collected directly from human fat are more stable than other cells — such as fibroblasts from the skin — and have the potential for use in anti-aging treatments, according to researchers.University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

“Stem cells collected from fat may have use in anti-aging treatments: Study shows cells are more stable than previously thought. Chronological aging shows the natural life cycle of the cells — as opposed to cells that have been unnaturally replicated multiple times or otherwise manipulated in a lab. In order to preserve the cells in their natural state, Penn researchers developed a system to collect and store them without manipulating them, making them available for this study. They found stem cells collected directly from human fat — called adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) — can make more proteins than originally thought. This gives them the ability to replicate and maintain their stability, a finding that held true in cells collected from patients of all ages.Stem cells are currently used in a variety of anti-aging treatments and are commonly collected from a variety of tissues. But Percec’s team specifically found ASCs to be more stable than other cells, a finding that can potentially open the door to new therapies for the prevention and treatment of aging-related diseases.

It isn’t easy to age in a culture obsessed with youth, media, and selfies, but it’s important to be aware of the risks before you decide on seemingly innocuous procedures.

By eating healthy, exercising regularly, and using functional medicine approaches to care for your health, you will not only look healthy and vibrant at any age, you will also have more natural self-confidence so you wear your “story-lines” with pride.





“I went home today to visit my grandmother, and I couldn’t believe it — her bag was filled with milkfish!” he adds. “I was rather worked up, so I asked my grandma: ‘Why would you put fish in here, without a plastic bag? It’s an LV bag.'”

He says his grandma thanked him for the bag, saying: “It doesn’t leak! It’s just a little heavy.”burju akanwp-1490776081005.png


Building Women’s American Football Team 

It’s the ultimate game for any player. But for the women who play tackle football, playing professionally is not a dream anymore.
There was not  a professional league until 2017, but there are three 11-on-11 full-contact women’s amateur leagues in the U.S since 2016. And the women’s game has expanded significantly in the last two decades.

“We would all die to just train, recover in hyperbaric chambers like the guys do, come back and play,” said Allyson Hamlin, a quarterback for the D.C. Divas. “But that’s not realistic. So right now we are doing everything we possibly can to help grow this sport.” Hamlin is one of about 4,000 women who play tackle football in the U.S.  This year with the support of BAKANTV International Channel Development Center ceo Burju Akan state that “we are gonna build the women American football from the root”
Phoebe Schecter plays on both a women’s and a men’s team in England.
“The best comment I ever had was, ‘I would never know you were women until you took your helmet off,'” Hamlin said. “That tells me that we’re playing the sport right. We’re doing it right and we’re building it.”
Laura Baden of the Pittsburgh Passion said she’s spent tens of thousands of dollars playing tackle football. Baden said she hopes that as more women take up the sport, people will get used to seeing them play tackle football.



Data : The potato is the fifth and most important food crop in the world after rice, wheat, corn, sugar cane  in terms of human consumption. More than a billion people worldwide eat potato, and global total crop production exceeds 300 million metric tons.

Unfortunately the potato industry may be losing a mainstay in the battle against psyllids, according to a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study.

A group of Lincoln University researchers in New Zealand have seen promising results from a trial of using mesh cover to protect potato crops from insect pests.

Future Farming Centre head Dr Charles Merfield said the mesh was “incredibly effective. It kept 99 per cent of the psyllids out from under the mesh despite an infested plot of potatoes being just a couple of metres away, ” Charles Merfield, head of Future Farming Centre said. Merfield said if they had dug the mesh cover in there would have been no psyllids at all and it would have offered 100 per cent control. Fine mesh had the potential to control all potato insect pests and blight and increase yield, Merfield said.

WatchITgrow is a new geo-information platform developed for the potato sector in Belgium with the purpose to better estimate and increase the potato yield in a sustainable way.
With this web tool the Belgian potato growers and the potato traders and processors can quickly and in a user-friendly way access data and information on the growth of different potato varieties.
WatchITgrow is the first platform to combine several types of data. Through the combination of satellite and drone images, weather and soil data and yield prediction models, the potato sector can consult, via watchITgrow, in a quick and efficient way the correct information on one of multiple potato fields.

With these additional insights users can:

Access more and more accurate information on the state of the crop;
Better monitor the potato crop in function of growth, health status and development;
Map spacial variability within the field;
Guarantee and increase the yield;
Estimate the harvest date and yields during the season;
Reduce production and quality losses
Not only external data but also proprietary data from the potato industry (such as results from yield and quality assessments) can be centralised in this geo-information platform. This allows the users to check in an easy way for example which part of the production area gives the best yields or where a certain potato variety performs better or worse and what the possible causes may be.

The data and knowledge of the potato sector enabled the researchers to fine-tune and gradually improve the monitoring system. Thanks to the additional field data, the application will keep improving and become more accurate season after season.
This innovative instrument can form the basis of further applications within the field of precision agriculture, for example disease prevention and fertilization, but also the possibility to link to the field registration system of Vegaplan.

Crucial is the fact that the potato grower – potentially in agreement with his customers – remains himself the owner of his data.

Access to WatchITgrow is restricted. Belgian companies can access the geo-information platform at

If data information can use to benefit for human health, how big is the Data business to gain economic power from data informations which affects many sectors?
Burju Akan





We know more than enough now to understand that the ocean is being pushed to the limit and that it is approaching critical condition. As apex predators, sharks play an important role in the ecosystem by maintaining the species below them in the food chain and serving as an indicator for ocean health. They help remove the weak and the sick as well as keeping the balance with competitors helping to ensure species diversity. 980xLIf sharks became extinct, there would be ecological repercussions, such as small animal extinction, algae overgrowth and coral reef death. Sharks are a crucial part of the marine ecosystem and are necessary for the world’s oceans to operate. Using data on shark catches, discards and mortality rates worldwide, the researchers estimated that approximately 100 million sharks are killed per year by humans. However, they add that this is a conservative estimate, and the true number could be as high as 273 million sharks killed annually by humans. Sharks are endangered because of threats that are the result of human activities including shark finning and getting caught in fishing gear. These are apex predators (at the top of the food chain) and play an important role in the health of the oceans.
The ocean means different things to different people. To some it represents the daily meal and a reliable job, to others it offers recreation and inspiration – and all of us need the stable climate and oxygen it provides.The ocean feeds us, protects us, employs us, and ensures the existence of life on Earth. All this information leads to one conclusion: we are squandering a vital resource.

#Not one will be passed by? Three Angels whisper to “I am” last night.



What is the difference between a medical doctor and a medical practitioner?

Some state legislators see a need for clarity when it comes to health practitioners and the title “doctor.” (By Brittany L. Moser ) Ho‘oulu Staff


In the United States, it is a question of education and licensure. A medical doctor is a graduate of an accredited allopathic or osteopathic medical school and is licensed as such by most states based on that education and other criteria.

Medical practitioner is a non-specific term that includes in addition to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and others with different educational backgrounds and licensed by the states to practice medicine, usually in a more limited or supervised fashion. (David Channin, Radiologist, Medical and Imaging Informatics)

So what’s the hardest part becoming “DOCTOR”? Firstly, it is a hard, ardous and long journey. Unless the desire to excel is strong, it is really tough to go through the ordeal of never-ending studies, tutorials and further studies. Secondly, the prolonged incubation period between entry into MBBS to becoming a full-fledged specialized doctor drains many. While your batch mates in other fields are planning retirement, a doctor after completing his studies and super specialization has just started making a name for himself/herself in the field.
The above two hardships are known and most people willingly embrace the two but the hardest part is the paradigm shift in the expectations from this profession. The harsh reality and the challenges the profession faces today is worth a thought.
The recent change in the attitude of the society is catastrophic. The doctor is perceived more as a ‘service provider’ rather than a dedicated professional. So, the medical practice has become more defensive. Physicians always worry about missing a threatening diagnosis, unintentionally spreading infection or committing a technical error. The fear stems from a profound anxiety of dealing with the many grey areas of medical practice – the realization that medical science is also an art rather than simple scientific formulas. The fear is also the result of self protective paranoia of being sued for malpractice, which haunts majority in this field at present.
However, there is the other side of the coin also. The life of a practising physician is incredibly rewarding. Making challenging diagnoses, helping patients deal with and overcome devastating illnesses and comforting families after a loss of a loved one – these are powerful emotional experiences. No other profession can provide such profound sense of fulfillment as this. By Dr Meenu Walia

DOCTOR: it is still the best profession  to be able to give back to society.