Bipolar disorder 

By Gio Chang  Bipolar disorder is a condition which all of us have probably heard about but don’t understand very much about. Many people think of them simply as mood swings that we experience in our day to day lives. However, it is a type of mental illness that, surprisingly, impacts quite a large portion of populations. In fact, around 2.8% of theContinue reading “Bipolar disorder “

Crizanlizumab – the new drug that will change the lives of sickle cell disease patients

By Iulia Kis Sickle cell disease (SCD) is the most common inherited blood-related disease, presenting in an estimated 20-25 million people.1 SCD significantly reduces the quality of life of affected patients due to its characteristic presence of sickle haemoglobin (HbS) leading to conditions such as vaso-occlusive crises (crises related to SCD-related pain), organ dysfunction andContinue reading “Crizanlizumab – the new drug that will change the lives of sickle cell disease patients”

How plants defend themselves

By Justin Bauer In the 350 million years that plants and insects have coexisted, both have evolved strategies to avoid each other’s defense systems. Plants have developed an elegant defense system that can recognize foreign molecules or damaged cells that activate the immune response.1 Plants have two main forms of defense: direct defense and indirectContinue reading “How plants defend themselves”

Ambrosia and the Promise of Young Blood

By Isabelle Hall In 2016, Ambrosia was founded by Jesse Karmazin. The start-up sought to provide transfusions of blood plasma from people aged 16-25 to patients over 35, at a cost of $8000 per litre. Karmazin claimed that the transfusions had led to positive changes in his clients, appearing to reduce the burden of certainContinue reading “Ambrosia and the Promise of Young Blood”

Coronin-1B and Its Role in Cell Migration Within Glioblastoma Multiforme Metastasis

By Daniella Gimbosh Cancer is a destructive disease that has been devastating humankind since time immemorial. Cancer exists in a myriad of different forms within almost any tissue type, thus proving to be even more difficult to research. Importantly, cancer cells have specific properties that allow them to spread, or metastasize, to secondary locations. TheContinue reading “Coronin-1B and Its Role in Cell Migration Within Glioblastoma Multiforme Metastasis”

The Use of Cannabinoids in Modern Medicine

By Sophie Blagg The Cannabis sativa plant has been used for medicinal and recreational purposes for many centuries, with the first evidence of use dating back to around 4,000 B.C. (Zuardi, 2006). During the 20th century the use of cannabis drastically reduced when many countries illegalised cannabinoid substances (Zuardi, 2006), likely due to research intoContinue reading The Use of Cannabinoids in Modern Medicine

Eternal youth and the prospect of ageing

By Themis Halka “I feel like I’m 100 years old today” – expressions using chronological age as a reference for physiological and psychological wellbeing are quite common in our societies (Gendron et al., 2018). If it doesn’t shock, it certainly highlights this association we make between ageing and loss of capacities, resulting in a generalContinue reading “Eternal youth and the prospect of ageing”

The gut microbiome and colorectal cancer

By Kai Yee Eng The human microbiome consists of a complex range of microorganisms, ranging from bacteria, to viruses, archaea, and other eukaryotic microbes. These microorganisms play a huge role in modulating metabolism, maintaining immune health and many other functions to an extend that it has been regard as “the hidden organ”. (Guinane and Cotter,Continue reading The gut microbiome and colorectal cancer

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?”