Antimicrobial Resistance and COVID-19

By Linya Thng The highly infectious coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and is a health concern throughout the world. COVID-19 emerged as a global pandemic responsible for over 2.9 million deaths – the highest mortality rate since the era of the 1918 Influenza pandemic (Hassan etContinue reading “Antimicrobial Resistance and COVID-19”

Inside the mind of serial killers – are they born to kill?

By Luciano Marinelli Serial killers have always intrigued society and have inspired multiple series and documentaries, providing valuable insights on their motivations and psychology. Are these individuals born to kill, or are they just victims of harsh circumstances? The psychology of serial killers, and its neuroscientific basis, has long been studied by psychologists and socialContinue reading “Inside the mind of serial killers – are they born to kill?”

Why Do We Love Sugar and Sweets?

By Shiyi Liang Throughout the world, the consumption of sugar gives people great pleasure. But this sense of pleasure makes people crave even more sugar and can build sugar addiction. Emotions associated with sugar withdrawal for those who are addicted include feeling depressed, inactive, and anxious. It has been suggested that sugar is more addictiveContinue reading “Why Do We Love Sugar and Sweets?”

Ocean Currents and their Relationship with Marine Life

By Ayoush Srivastava As climate change continues to accelerate, there is increased international attention towards its effects and the development of potential measures to slow its pace. The exponential growth of greenhouse gas emissions over the past 30 years, especially carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4), has increased the average global temperature by 0.2°C annually;Continue reading “Ocean Currents and their Relationship with Marine Life”

Polyploidy in Hepatocytes

By Jessica Lu Hepatocytes are the major cell type in the human liver, making up 70% of all liver cells. They are main contributors to liver functions such as metabolic homeostasis, synthesis, storage, distribution, and detoxification of xenobiotic compounds (Wang et al., 2017). Unlike typical cells which are diploid, mature mammalian hepatocytes are polyploid (WangContinue reading “Polyploidy in Hepatocytes”

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): A novel therapy for treating obstinate depression

By Alice Barocco Major depressive disorder (MDD), more commonly known as clinical depression, currently impacts the lives of more than 264 million people worldwide. Affecting adolescents as young as 12 years old to adults 50 and older, clinical depression is the leading cause of disability in the world (WHO, 2020). From the Latin word deprimere,Continue reading “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): A novel therapy for treating obstinate depression”

IMMUNE BOOSTING: Fact or fiction

By Pia Skok “Boost your immune system today, Shield your body from infections, Strengthen your immune system to fight disease, …” These are only a few of the headlines circling the internet with companies claiming their products can boost our immune system and protect us from various diseases. The idea of strengthening our immune systemContinue reading “IMMUNE BOOSTING: Fact or fiction”

Dissociative identity disorders: What is it and how is it caused?

By Gio Chang Dissociation is a mental process in which an individual may disconnect from their thoughts, memories, feelings, and the surroundings (Wiginton, 2019). This is something that everyone would have experienced before, but dissociative disorders, on the other hand, are a group of mental disorders in which people have severe dissociations such that thereContinue reading “Dissociative identity disorders: What is it and how is it caused?”

Coral Bleaching

By Katherine Bethell Marine invertebrates called coral are essential for maintaining the health of the world’s oceans; they provide a habitat for a diverse range of plant and animal species whilst protecting coastal areas by absorbing wave power. However, the so-called bleaching of coral threatens its survival and function globally.  Bleaching is characterised by theContinue reading “Coral Bleaching”

On food diets, carbon footprints and health: a complex issue

By Clemence Blanchard Whether or not we are aware – or care – about it, food contributes substantially to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In spite of this, food remains at the center of our lives, health and culture-wise – and will continue to do so in the future. This issue is currently exacerbated by our growingContinue reading “On food diets, carbon footprints and health: a complex issue”