The gamification of health and fitness

By Asia Lie Gamification is the addition of game-like features to certain tasks or processes.1,2 Due to the positive reinforcement system of games that works by rewarding certain behaviors, we tend to maintain or enjoy those behaviors more. This is especially important when it comes to health because the results are not immediate and can beContinue reading “The gamification of health and fitness”

Reviewing Modern Trends in Healthcare Spending and Life Expectancy

By Xinyue Guo Due to their ability to spend more on healthcare, it is commonly thought that wealthier people tend to have longer life expectancies than the rest of the population. However, regional data has recently shown that more spending does not necessarily produce more positive health outcomes.1 This expands on a 2016 study by Chetty etContinue reading “Reviewing Modern Trends in Healthcare Spending and Life Expectancy”

CAR T-cell therapy: A glimpse of hope for cancer patients

By Emmeleia Psyllaki Our bodies are made up of trillions of cells 1. These cells grow and multiply through the process of cell division to form new cells to meet our body’s needs. Sometimes, however, this process becomes disrupted and stops functioning normally. In that case, abnormal or damaged cells multiply and grow when they areContinue reading “CAR T-cell therapy: A glimpse of hope for cancer patients”

How does Buzz Lightyear do it? The battle between microgravity and the cardiovascular system 

By Stefanie Zhang  Every child once gazed up at the night sky and envisioned themselves that one day, like the Disney toy astronaut Buzz Lightyear, they will reach the stars. Space exploration has seen such advancement in technology and engineering over the centuries that it has allowed us to go from merely orbiting the earthContinue reading “How does Buzz Lightyear do it? The battle between microgravity and the cardiovascular system “

Secondary bacterial infections following viral respiratory infection

By Jessica Lu Respiratory infections are a major cause of mortality across the world. In 2015, lower respiratory tract infections were estimated to cause 2.74 million deaths worldwide.1 Viral respiratory tract infections are frequently linked to secondary bacterial infections that develop during or following the initial viral infection.2-4 For example, during the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic, at least oneContinue reading Secondary bacterial infections following viral respiratory infection

Can dogs sniff cancer?

By Esha Kulkarni There have been various cutting edge novel technologies that are being developed to help detect various types of cancers. Indeed, detection of cancer is the first step in providing treatment to patients. Recently, scientists are making use of key “biomarkers”, i.e, molecules that are persistent in tumor populations, to help mark andContinue reading “Can dogs sniff cancer?”

A case of the winter blues- the facts and science behind Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) 

By Fatemah Kassamali Note: this article deals with themes associated with depression- please speak to a trained mental health professional to seek help if you need it.           As the nights draw in and temperatures plummet, many people report feeling the “winter blues”, but is there more to this story than just feeling a little low?Continue reading “A case of the winter blues- the facts and science behind Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) “

Is monkeypox the new COVID?

By Jasper Kan Recently, the rise of monkeypox cases worldwide alarmed the COVID-19- recovering world. The lessons learnt from the coronavirus pandemic resulted in increased caution to prevent another outbreak. However, the question arose as to whether it is as big a threat as COVID was.  Humans can be infected with monkeypox by either directContinue reading “Is monkeypox the new COVID?”

The Impact of Military Conflicts on Healthcare

By Jasper Kan It was not until Florence Nightingale’s work did the world attribute the lack of healthcare as a major cause of casualties at war. Exposed wounds serve as an optimal breeding ground of pathogens, while healthcare personnel treating them were sabotaged. Also, the impact of direct injuries were dwarfed by its indirect accelerationContinue reading “The Impact of Military Conflicts on Healthcare”

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?