Eating disorders: who is really at risk?

By Adriana Ramos Calvo     Eating disorders (EDs) are a type of deadly and surprisingly common psychiatric disorders. The most common variants are bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa and binge-eating disorders, but many more, however, are also diagnosed on a daily basis all around the world (Lutter, 2017). According to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA),Continue reading “Eating disorders: who is really at risk?”

Stem cell therapy for leukemia

By Jenny Tang    Stem cells have the ability to dedifferentiate into different types of cells in the body and can be used to replace damaged cells. This theory had led to the creation of stem cell therapies which can, in theory, be used to treat patients who have suffered, for example, spinal cord injuries, orContinue reading “Stem cell therapy for leukemia”

Skinny Legend: The Truth Behind Weight Loss Supplements

By Sophya Yeoh In an age of convenience where almost anything can be procured almost immediately, it is no wonder why many try to apply this approach to weight loss. This is further fuelled by the societal pressure to have an “ideal” body shape that is plastered all over social media, while most live aContinue reading “Skinny Legend: The Truth Behind Weight Loss Supplements”

Eating disorders: who is really at risk?

By Adriana Ramos Calvo Eating disorders (EDs) are a type of deadly and surprisingly common psychiatric disorders. The most common variants are bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa and binge-eating disorders, but many more, however, are also diagnosed on a daily basis all around the world (Lutter, 2017). According to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), eatingContinue reading “Eating disorders: who is really at risk?”

Scar Formation and Treatment

By Jessica Lu Scarring of the skin can be caused by burns, surgery, and injury. In severe cases, it causes patients long-term functional and psychological problems. In the developed world, it is estimated that 100 million patients acquire scars from surgery every year. Many burns also leave scars and painful contractures which need major surgeryContinue reading “Scar Formation and Treatment”

How Our Daily Habits Influence the Health of Our Children

By Nick Bitterlich Imitation is a crucial component of brain development in children, who pick up habits from their parents starting at an early age. The influence of biological parents transgresses behavioural patterns that are mirrored by their offspring. Lifestyle habits can imprint or encode heritable phenotype changes that do not involve alterations in theContinue reading “How Our Daily Habits Influence the Health of Our Children”

Human Anthrax: A Resurfacing Disease and A Possible Biological Warfare Agent

By Marina Artemiou Bacillus anthracis is a Gram-positive, endospore-forming bacterium and the principle agent of Anthrax, an extremely rare and infectious disease. Anthrax is a zoonotic disease, which is mainly associated with herbivores and domestic animals. The disease appears regularly in countries where widespread vaccination of animals is not practised, thus enabling the virus toContinue reading “Human Anthrax: A Resurfacing Disease and A Possible Biological Warfare Agent”

What triggers Preterm Birth and Miscarriages?

By Katherine Bethell  Pregnancy is a complicated process, the vasculature system of a mother changes completely to support the growth of a foetus, with labor being equally complicated and dangerous. This means it poses a high risk to both the mother and baby’s life. There are several different things that may go wrong throughout theContinue reading “What triggers Preterm Birth and Miscarriages?”

Antimicrobial soap: is it better?

By Iulia Kis Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, thorough hand-washing has been one of the most crucial steps that the population of the whole world had to learn. While the general advice has been to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, some people have decided to go aboveContinue reading “Antimicrobial soap: is it better?”

Cranberry Juice as a Cure for Urinary Tract Infections: Truth or Myth?

By Cristina Piñel Neparidze Here’s an interesting statistical fact: about 60% of women will experience urinary tract infections (UTIs) at some point in their lives. This common (and incredibly irritating) condition develops when microbes (most common ones being bacteria such as Escherichia Coli, Klebsiella Aerogenes and certain Enterobacter species) enter the urinary tract and causeContinue reading “Cranberry Juice as a Cure for Urinary Tract Infections: Truth or Myth?”