Ambrosia and the Promise of Young Blood

By Isabelle Hall In 2016, Ambrosia was founded by Jesse Karmazin. The start-up sought to provide transfusions of blood plasma from people aged 16-25 to patients over 35, at a cost of $8000 per litre. Karmazin claimed that the transfusions had led to positive changes in his clients, appearing to reduce the burden of certainContinue reading “Ambrosia and the Promise of Young Blood”

A Fiery Death: Harnessing Pyroptosis in Disease

By Sarah Choi Cell death and its regulation are integral to human development and function. Indeed, the role of cell death in disease progression further suggests malfunction can have fatal consequences. Over the years, studies on the role of cell death in diseases and the pathways involved has inspired therapeutics that harness the power ofContinue reading “A Fiery Death: Harnessing Pyroptosis in Disease”

Anorexia in different populations

By Shiyi Liang Anorexia is an eating disorder where one loses appetite. Eating disorders affect people’s daily life and can lead to mortality and affects people from all age groups. Various physiological and pathophysiological conditions, as well as psychological problems may lead to anorexia (Yoshimura, Uezono and Ueta, 2015). Anorexia may cause multiple health risks,Continue reading “Anorexia in different populations”

The Dark Reality Behind Cheap Sunglasses

By Elisa Botting Our increasingly interconnected world has led to an explosion in fashion trends and online shopping. These fashion trends have boosted the market for low-priced sunglasses – the small accessory that can cause great damage to your vision when made of poor quality materials. At first glance, ‘affordable’ and easily disposable sunglasses seemContinue reading “The Dark Reality Behind Cheap Sunglasses”

Endometriosis and its link to fertility

By Katherine Bethell  Endometriosis is a condition that affects up to 15% of all women and is the most common cause of chronic pelvic pain (Parasar P et al., 2017). It is a condition characterised by oestrogen-dependent inflammation which affects pelvic tissue, commonly occurring in teenagers and young adults as they begin menstruating (Vercellini PContinue reading “Endometriosis and its link to fertility”

Conducting Clinical Trials for Rare Diseases

By Yuki Agarwala Clinical trials are designed to understand the clinical outcome of particular drugs by observing human subjects in controlled experimental conditions. Clinical trials are conducted with a variety of subjects whose treatments are randomized to limit the inherent confirmation bias of receiving treatment. This allows scientists to determine causality in randomized controlled trialsContinue reading “Conducting Clinical Trials for Rare Diseases”

Apple cider vinegar and weight loss: does it really work?

By Adriana Ramos Calvo What do you obtain when you crush, distill and ferment apples? One gets apple cider vinegar (ACV), which in the past was used as an antibiotic, to improve strength, and even for “detoxification”. This compound contains high levels of acetic acid, which might be responsible for its supposed benefits (5-6% asContinue reading “Apple cider vinegar and weight loss: does it really work?”

Burn Injuries: Pathophysiology, Treatment and Rehabilitation

By Audrey Ko A burn injury happens when the skin is in contact with a heat source, including hot water, fire, electricity, and chemicals (Warby & Maani, 2019). While minor burns take few days to heal, severe ones if not managed well could lead to serious complications such as sepsis, multiple organ failure, and evenContinue reading “Burn Injuries: Pathophysiology, Treatment and Rehabilitation”

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”