How to control the mosquito

 By Nitara Wijayatilake Less than half an inch in size, the mosquito is the world’s deadliest animal. Although historically feared in tropical countries, the infamous mosquito is gaining more and more recognition in the West. Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya and West Nile viruses use different species of mosquito as their vectors of transmission, much like theContinue reading “How to control the mosquito”

The Emergence of Multiple Drug-Resistant Malaria along the Thailand/Myanmar Border

By Sashini Ranawana        The bite of a single mosquito can most often spell disaster. In the socially fragmented and culturally dynamic central border region separating Thailand from Myanmar, this is a widely accepted reality.  Regional social factors have exacerbated the rate and severity of malarial infections, namely those by the Plasmodium falciparum andContinue reading “The Emergence of Multiple Drug-Resistant Malaria along the Thailand/Myanmar Border”

Lab-grown meat

Shriya Manwani “The next major revolution–on a scale with moving from the horse and cart to the automobile–is going to be in food,” says technology entrepreneur Paul Cuatrecasas, author of Go Tech or Go Extinct, resolving that “the biggest thing will be the development of cultured meat.”   This is certainly a bold statement, but notContinue reading “Lab-grown meat”

Understanding Synaesthesia: What colour is Wednesday?

By Samrah Siddiqi Imagine being able to taste words or smell sounds. To many synesthetes, otherwise normal individuals, this is a daily experience. Their subjective and altered perception of the world, established from birth, is something quite remarkable for the average person – considered a type of superpower to many. Scientists, however, describe synaesthesia asContinue reading “Understanding Synaesthesia: What colour is Wednesday?”

Treating the “Silent Epidemic” – HIV/AIDS epidemic

By Marina Artemiou Human Immunodeficiency Virus, commonly known as HIV, is a pathogen which destroys the immune system by attacking CD4 white blood cells and interfering with the body’s ability to fight off infection. Transmission of the virus occurs through contact between broken skin, wounds and other bodily fluids of an HIV-positive person and anContinue reading “Treating the “Silent Epidemic” – HIV/AIDS epidemic”

Risk Factors and Interference of Alzheimer’s Disease in Adults

By Joon Lim The average life expectancy around the world is continuously rising (Aburto et al., 2020), and neurodegenerative diseases are increasing as a threat to the health of the elderly. According to Alzheimer’s News Today (Naqvi, 2020), there are approximately 44 million people suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia related disorders worldwide. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)Continue reading “Risk Factors and Interference of Alzheimer’s Disease in Adults”

Why humans use more than 10% of the brain

By Sarah Choi It appears to be common knowledge that humans only use part of the brain. The concept that the vast majority of the population only uses 10% of their mental capacity has been pervaded. It is even suggested that Einstein’s intellectual prowess was due to his ability to use more than 10% ofContinue reading “Why humans use more than 10% of the brain”

Could psychedelic drugs revolutionise psychiatric care?

By Lauren Wheeler You may or may not be familiar with the term ‘psychedelics’, used to describe a group of psychoactive drugs that have the potential to induce non-ordinary states of consciousness, producing changes in a person’s perception, thoughts and feelings. Two such drugs are psilocybin (which occurs naturally in ‘magic mushrooms’) and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) which wereContinue reading “Could psychedelic drugs revolutionise psychiatric care?”

The voiceless narration of a life: what is it like to not have an inner monologue?

By Effie Eshetu “Please be quiet, I can’t hear myself think!” This colloquial saying sounds completely logical to most of us. However, to others, upon a little dissection, it may seem semantically dissonant, and even nonsensical. This is because some individuals actually cannot, regardless of how quiet the room is, hear themselves think (Epting, 2020).Continue reading “The voiceless narration of a life: what is it like to not have an inner monologue?”

Hair-bearing skin organoids offer valuable insights into human skin development and pathology

By Yeji Hong A new approach to curing baldness may be on the horizon, as researchers have successfully produced hair-bearing skin organoids. Skin organoids are 3D cell culture models composed of layers of epithelial cells, called epidermal and dermal layers, and these organoids are made with the intent to mimic the function and structure ofContinue reading “Hair-bearing skin organoids offer valuable insights into human skin development and pathology”