Is There Finally a Cure For Breast Cancer?

The medical community was astounded by the recent news that an Indian teenager found a breast cancer cure. Krtin Nithiyandam, who lives in Epsom Surrey, claims that he has found a way to treat triple-negative breast cancer, a specific form of the disease that does not respond to most treatment methods.

Typical breast cancer treatments revolve around hormone therapy, as the condition is often caused by fluctuations of estrogen, progesterone, or certain growth chemicals. Treatment plans involve patients taking drugs that block excessive production of these hormones. These drugs are normally quite effective. However, triple-negative breast cancer – which affects around 7,500 women each year – is a special case. Doctors speculate that several factors cause the condition, thus, changing treatment. Those who are diagnosed with this illness usually have a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy; and even then, complete eradication of the disease is not certain.

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Nithiyandam, who won the Google Science Fair in 2015 for developing a test that spots Alzheimer’s 10 years before it surfaces, says that he has found a way to change triple negative breast cancer cells so that they respond positively to treatment. The cells, which medical professionals call undifferentiated, do not have receptors which traditional cancer drugs latch on to. Nithiyandam says that blocking a specific protein in the cell could potentially build receptors.

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Nithiyandam’s findings are currently being reviewed and tested by different medical groups. If proven, it could significantly improve the prognosis of the thousands of women battling breast cancer.

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Architectural Marvels: A Look Into Zaha Hadid’s Iconic Works

Earlier this year, the world mourned the passing of renowned British architect Zaha Hadid. Zaha is known for being one of the most prominent contemporary architects in the late 20th century, and her illustrious career is reflected in the impressive buildings that she has designed all over the world. Below are some of Zaha’s most iconic works:

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London Aquatics Centre: This incredible indoor swimming facility was originally built for the 2012 Olympic Games. The structure boasts of fluid geometrical design inspired by waves and water in motion. It houses two 50-metre pools and has a seating capacity of 2,500. The London Aquatics Centre is located at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center: This 619,000-square-foot complex features Zaha’s signature continuous and fluid geometrical design. Located in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, the $250 million cultural center won the London Design Museum Award in 2014.

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Guangzhou Opera House: Located in Guangzhou, China, this intricately designed opera house is a state-of-the-art monument that perfectly blends with its riverside setting. The exterior has a flowing glass, steel, and concrete structure that creates a striking contrast to the urban streets. The opera house also boasts of urban functionalities such as skylight features and ingenious acoustic design.

These are just a few of Zaha’sremarkably designed buildings. Truly, she is an exceptional woman with extraordinary talent, and her creative vision will certainly live on.

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