Tyrosinase inhibitors in skincare: what are they and why are they in popular demand?

By Esha Kulkarni The skincare industry is currently on the rise due to celebrity promotions, social media influencers, and commercials. Awareness of specific key ingredients in skincare such as salicylic acid, niacinamide, ascorbic acid, and hyaluronic acid have been the talk of the show lately. The basic mechanisms by which these key ingredients work haveContinue reading “Tyrosinase inhibitors in skincare: what are they and why are they in popular demand?”

Revolutionising Early Cancer Diagnosis – PanSeer & GALLERI

By Sreenidhi Venkatesh The development of cancer diagnostics and treatments is a leading sector of biomedical research with over $5 billion and £455 million being invested in cancer research by the National Cancer Institute US and Cancer Research UK, respectively (CRUK, 2020; National Cancer Research, 2021). Screening and diagnosis of cancers forms an important facetContinue reading “Revolutionising Early Cancer Diagnosis – PanSeer & GALLERI”

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?”