Healthcare, World Affairs

MMR vaccine controversies and the rising of measles cases

Hi Everyone, I was really troubled to see in the news that having eliminated the measles virus in 2016, in August 2019 the UK lost its measles-free status. I, therefore, thought that we would talk through the controversy surrounding the measles (MMR) vaccinations and why the cases are rising again. This is not good news… Continue reading MMR vaccine controversies and the rising of measles cases

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Discovery, Healthcare

The rising star of disease model systems – organoids

Hi Everyone, Today I want to talk to you about something a little bit different, a new therapeutic tool that has not been widely broadcast but these interesting lumps of cells are quickly becoming key-players in therapeutics and disease model systems - organoids (mini-organs). A common problem when studying disease, is accessibility. Especially if the… Continue reading The rising star of disease model systems – organoids

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Umbilical cords as a treatment for cancer

Hi everyone, An interesting article that caught my attention on the BBC recently was discussing the rise in individuals storing their umbilical cord blood in private blood banks as opposed to public stem cell banks. I thought that today I’d chat a bit about the issues surrounding this, and start a bit of a discussion about… Continue reading Umbilical cords as a treatment for cancer

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Murderers and the Anatomy Act

Hi Everyone, Not many of you probably think about what happens when something is removed from your body during a GP visit or a hospital trip. Anything from a small skin sample to a mastectomy, if you live in the UK, these will make their way to your local histology lab. Whilst here, they will… Continue reading Murderers and the Anatomy Act

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The World’s most dangerous emerging problem – antibiotic resistance

Hi Everyone! Antibiotics have been treating bacterial infections since the discovery of penicillin in the 1940s.  They work by disrupting the survival mechanisms that bacteria rely on to thrive in the body. However, these drugs are becoming less effective and as it stands, there are no other treatments available. How does antibiotic resistance occur? During… Continue reading The World’s most dangerous emerging problem – antibiotic resistance

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Routine DNA tests predicting disease risk

Hi everyone! If you live in England you may be aware that the NHS has just revealed that they are offering to perform DNA tests on patients, if they agree to provide this information to scientists. Knowledge on genes will help better understanding on human diseases and the genetics involved in these. The NHS already… Continue reading Routine DNA tests predicting disease risk

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Tiredness making your brain mushy?

Hi Everyone! As some of you will be aware, I'm really in the thick of final year now and let me tell you... it is as horrific as they say! I am highly stressed and so tired that even my black bags have bags. So you can imagine my amusement as I was eating my… Continue reading Tiredness making your brain mushy?