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”

How Does COVID-19 Differ from Previous Epidemics

By Linya Thng Throughout history, a multitude of pandemics have emerged. Decades of enhancing medical and scientific knowledge in the socio- political context has brought us a step closer in effectively identifying, controlling and eradicating a pandemic. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a “pandemic” is defined as the worldwide spread of a diseaseContinue reading “How Does COVID-19 Differ from Previous Epidemics”

Plant-Based Meat: Hype or Health Hero?

By Anushka Gupta The psychological illusion of a soy nugget being ‘dressed up’ as a beef patty encapsulates the worldwide trend of plant-based meat. There has been a recent surge in the drive towards being healthy through a high protein less fat diet in which the idea of plant-based meat stemmed from.  Fast-food chains likeContinue reading “Plant-Based Meat: Hype or Health Hero?”

Immunogenicity in the context of COVID-19

By Samrah Siddiqi The COVID-19 (or SARS-Cov-2) pandemic has accelerated drug and vaccine development worldwide, with scientists working diligently to produce effective and, most importantly, safe therapeutics that can be made available for urgent use across the globe. Vaccine safety and efficacy is evaluated using randomised clinical trials prior to approval by a regulatory body.Continue reading “Immunogenicity in the context of COVID-19”

KRAS-Mutant NSCLCs: From Biology to Therapy

By Jackie Man With non-small-cell lung cancers (NSCLCs) accounting for more than 85% of all cases of lung cancer, lung cancer is among one of the most common and lethal cancers worldwide (Martin, Leighl, Tsao and Shepherd, 2013). The most famous gain-of-function alternation in NSCLC is the carcinogenic Kirsten Rat Sarcoma Viral Oncogene Homolog (KRAS),Continue reading “KRAS-Mutant NSCLCs: From Biology to Therapy”

Eating Disorders in COVID-19

By Katie Lau Eating disorders cause painful emotional, physical, and mental stress and harm to those who suffer from them, involving disturbed perception of body image, weight, and food (Treasure et al., 2020). Perhaps this COVID-19 pandemic has even worsened the symptoms of such patients or brought about higher rates of eating disorders than before;Continue reading “Eating Disorders in COVID-19”

Fish Odour Syndrome – The Alienating Disorder

By Daniella Gimbosh Trimethylamine (TMA) is an organic compound produced by the gut microbiota from a variety of dietary methylamines, such as choline and L-carnitine. TMA then, normally, gets oxidised to trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) in the liver, thus reducing the circulating levels of TMA (Ayesh et al., 1993). In the metabolic syndrome trimethylaminuria, also knownContinue reading “Fish Odour Syndrome – The Alienating Disorder”

Smart Watch: How smart is it?

By Yu Kiu Victor Chan In recent years, major electronics companies such as Apple, Garmin and Fitbit have been competing for the wearable health technology (WHT) market. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the global smart watch market grew by 20% in revenue in the first half of 2020 and close to 42 million smart watches wereContinue reading “Smart Watch: How smart is it?”