Oncotarget Revolutionary Approach in Promoting Research

Oncotarget published a study by the University of Rochester Medical Center, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health. Contrary to public perception, the study points out e-cigs cause the same negative effects as the common cigarettes. The effects are in the form of damaged gums and teeth. To understand how e-cigs operate, you need to know their composition. These cigarettes contain a cartridge, battery, and heating device. The cartridge holds a nicotine-composed liquid and flavorings. During operation, the battery heats the liquid to produce vapor, which the user inhales.

Oncotarget is an open access peer-reviewed journal that focuses on how different cancers develop. It maximizes the impact of research through discerning peer-review. It is published by Impact Journals weekly and has been in publication since the year 2010. Its chief editors are Andrei V. Gudkov and Mikhail V. Blagosklonny and an editorial board. The journal’s popularity keeps rising due to its constructive, punctual and multiple peer-reviews which raise the impact of the research. Four board members of Oncotarget have received the Breakthrough Prize since 2013. Oncotarget focuses on the information on the basic formation of various cancers. At the same time, the platform tries to collect details on new ways of identifying the best targets for therapy and matching them with appropriate treatment protocols in cancer patients. Learn more about Oncotarget at Research Gate.

It is worth recognizing Irfan Rahman who led the above study, which was the first of its kind. Rahman is a Ph.D. holder. At the same time, he teaches Environmental Medicine as a professor at the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry. E-cigarettes are considered the healthier substitute for conventional cigarettes. The study found that vapors in the E-cigarettes when burned cause cells to release inflammatory proteins which increase stress in the cells that cause damage that could lead to various oral diseases. The study also found that the chemical flavorings in the cigarettes can be damaging to cells in the mouth. To establish such results, the study used 3-D non-smoker human gum tissue. Check Oncotarget journal at scimagojr.com

This study was preceded by a study on the damaging effects of e-cigarettes vapors and flavorings on lung cells and another study on pollution effects. Professor Rahman pointed out there was a need for more research. For a proper understanding of the health effects involved, the studies should be comparative in the long-term.