Scar free wound healing – a new reality?

By Madeleine Eaton Scars – we all have them. But while some may think of scars as a memory of a past incident, they have a high clinical burden. It is estimated that 100 million patients a year develop surgical scars (and that isn’t counting the millions more who get small scars from everyday incidents).1Continue reading Scar free wound healing – a new reality?

Digital Twins

By Naveesha Karunanayaka The idea of a digital twin holds different meanings across many sectors. Within Healthcare, creating a ‘digital twin’ involved curating a genetic profile of an individual which can then be used for medical purposes. This digital ‘self’ of an individual can then be used for drug and therapy testing – with suchContinue reading “Digital Twins”

Impact of food on health

By Runtian Wu Introduction As the ageing of populations occurs in many nations worldwide, people are increasingly looking for health-oriented diets to avoid diseases and increase the life span.1 Various health claims are circulating in the daily communications, such as the benefit of vegetarian, tea, restricted food intake, and organic food. Although many of theseContinue reading Impact of food on health

Will centenarians soon be the norm? 

By Themis Halka  Over the past few decades, life expectancy has drastically increased worldwide – reaching an average of 71 years old in 20191. This mortality shift has emerged from an overall improvement in living conditions: increased income, nutrition, education, and medical access.2 In a 2002 paper, life expectancies in Sweden and Japan were describedContinue reading Will centenarians soon be the norm? 

Hibernating humans

By Themis Halka Humans can’t hibernate – yet. Hibernation is a mechanism that evolved in numerous species, presenting clear advantages in terms of energy conservation.1 Winter hibernation, whilst naturally occurring in various animals, is not a desirable option for humans. However, being able to artificially enter hibernation could present great opportunities, particularly for clinical applicationsContinue reading Hibernating humans

Osteoarthritis and the difficulties of its treatment

By Sophie Blagg Prevalence of osteoarthritis (OA) is rising worldwide, with an estimated 250 million people affected.1 OA is generally defined as “a disease that affects all the structures of a joint”,2 with symptoms including; severe pain, swelling, reduced mobility, and joint space narrowing.1 These symptoms lead to a lower quality of life in patients,Continue reading Osteoarthritis and the difficulties of its treatment

How does vaccination protect us against infection?

By Yuchen Lin We will have received several vaccines throughout our life, but why do we need them? How do they protect us? A vaccine is a type of medicine that can train our immune system to defend us against diseases never encountered before. In other words, a vaccine is used to prevent instead ofContinue reading How does vaccination protect us against infection?

Debunking soy misconceptions

By Easha Vigneswaran The world of nutrition is saturated with finding food alternatives to staple foods in our diet. One food product that has been popularized is soy. It is a good source of protein and fibre, contains high levels of vitamins and minerals and has very little cholesterol and saturated fat. Soy-foods have beenContinue reading “Debunking soy misconceptions”

The promising action of DHA as a tumour killer

By Lucia Friscioni Essential fats, such as dietary omega-3 fatty acids (n-3 FAs), have considerable health benefits. These alleged “good FAs” are much pursued by the nutritiously conscious. However, the human body cannot produce these fats naturally and is reliant on an appropriate diet. Specifically, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is a well-studied omega-3, essential for brainContinue reading The promising action of DHA as a tumour killer

Improvements in cancer treatment: chemotherapy

By Naveesha Karunanayaka Cancer is a major cause of death around the world with approximately 1 in 6 deaths caused by cancer.1 Cancer is caused by unimpeded cell division and there are various methods to treat it, but these can cause disadvantageous effects to normal cells due to poor selectivity. Chemotherapy, which is a cellContinue reading “Improvements in cancer treatment: chemotherapy”