Incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in modern day society: over-the-counter supplement and TCM formulae

Note: I did not have any formal training in TCM practices. The TCM ingredients described below are mostly plant-based. In this article, ying/yang balance or the principle of ‘jun, Chen, zuo, shi’ (arbitrarily translated as principle/auxillary) won’t be discussed. Nowadays, various herbal extracts were available in health stores as ‘health supplements, which are not subjected … Read more

Incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in modern day society: thoughts of a fellow molecular biologist

In June 2018, World Health Organization (WHO) released new International classification of Diseases (ICD 11), in which Chapter 26 includes now the standardized wordings for diseases and diagnoses from TCM perspectives. In May this year, it caught the attention of the mass media. While TCM practitioners and supporters celebrated the news, physicians and medical scientists … Read more

Deep learning algorithm helps to predict response to treatment to acute ulcerative colitis

Recent advances in machine learning technology may help doctors to decide on better treatments related to Acute severe ulcerative colitis (ASUC). Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a disease condition that is characterized by relapsing inflammation in the colon. About 15%-25% of UC patients have at least 1 episode of ASUC, which can be life-threatening and may … Read more

How close does a gut-on-a-chip resemble our gut?

Maybe, the first question we should ask is, what is a gut comprised of? Gut is a surprisingly complex organ. Within it, is a space where enzyme is produced and secreted, food is digested, nutrients are absorbed and the remaining content is being pushed out. Furthermore, various types of cells work together to perform these … Read more