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?”

Education in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Anastasia Alenova Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterised by a group of neurobiological disorders with long-term implications. Diagnostically, impairments include social and communication deficits, repetitive behaviour and atypical response to sensory input (Ashburner et al., 2008). This puts significant weight on the children involved and their families and limits the accessibility to educational servicesContinue reading “Education in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder”

Changing the face of medical technology with organoid based treatment

By Easha Vigneswaran Most of our understanding about how we test novel medical treatments is based on our use of animal models. Whilst this has been successful for most treatments and drug testing trials, there are obvious problems with using animals as opposed to true human tissue. With the fast developments in lab-based stem cell generation,Continue reading “Changing the face of medical technology with organoid based treatment”

The use of artificial intelligence in embryo evaluation for IVF

By Lucy Hamer Infertility is estimated to affect as many as 186 million people across the world (Szamatowicz, 2016), with approximately 9% of reproductive-aged couples struggling to achieve successful pregnancy following 12 months of unprotected intercourse (Inhorn & Patrizio, 2015). Couples are increasingly turning to assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF)Continue reading “The use of artificial intelligence in embryo evaluation for IVF”

Using Machine Learning to Predict Cardiovascular Disease

By Aarushi Bellani Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally today (WHO) and more research and resources are being devoted to creating methods to predict and prevent them. Apart from diagnosing cardiovascular diseases accurately, assessing the impact of different risk factors to predict susceptible individuals is being explored. This has opened up anContinue reading “Using Machine Learning to Predict Cardiovascular Disease”