Oncotarget is a peer-reviewed, open access scientific medical journal. It is published weekly, and covers all aspects of oncology, the science of treating cancer. According to their site, they’re also now accepting articles on many other subjects, including pharmacology, endocrinology, neuroscience, cell biology, cardiology and metabolism. Andrei V. Gudkov and Mikhail Blagosklonny serve as editors-in-chief. It began in 2010, and is published by Impact Journals.
Oncotarget is indexed by BIOSIS Previews, Index Medicus/MEDLINE/PubMed,Scopus and the Science Citation Index Expanded. Their impact factor is 5.008.
One of Oncotarget’s published articles made news because the study showed that electronic cigarettes are just as damaging to gum tissue and teeth as ordinary cigarettes. This is the first scientific study to address how e-cigarettes adversely affect the oral health of smokers on the cellular and molecular levels. Irfan Rahman, Ph.D., of the UR School of Medicine and Dentristry, is a professor of Environmental Medicine, and he led the team that carried out the study. Visit Oncotarget’s profile page at Facebook.
Electronic cigarettes are growing in popularity with both younger and former smokers because they are perceived as a healthier alternative to regular cigarettes. This study shows that may not be as true as widely believed. Rahman’s study showed that when the smokers’ mouth were exposed to the vapors, this caused the cells to release inflammatory proteins. High inflammation is a form of stress that can lead to many diseases. The flavoring chemicals used in the electronic cigarettes also play an adverse role in damaging the cells of the mouth. Plus, e-cigarettes still contain nicotine, which causes gum disease.
Electronic cigarettes contain a battery, a heating device and a cartridge to contain liquids. Those liquids normally contain nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals. The battery powers the heater, which heats the liquid in the cartridge to an aerosol, which the smoker inhales. Rahman calls for e-cigarette manufacturers to disclose all the chemicals in the liquid so science and the smokers can more accurately assess their risk. The journal is peer reviewed and is published by Impact Journals.
The National Institutes of Health funded the e-cigarette study. Rahman calls for more studies, especially long-term and comparative studies, to better evaluate the risk that e-cigarettes cause.