“Beauty” supplements: Hope or hype?

By Shahnia Surendran Over the past decade, there has been an influx of pills, capsules and even “dusts” into the health industry promising miraculous results, feeding into the old adage that beauty simply isn’t skin deep. The market is oversaturated with these “nutricosmetics”, and ads for new wellness supplements are everywhere – you probably can’tContinue reading ““Beauty” supplements: Hope or hype?”

Altered Metabolism in Cancer via PI3K/Akt pathway

By Hung-Hsi Chen Altered metabolism is one of the emerging hallmarks of cancer. The Warburg effect in cancer cells explains their ability to undergo glycolysis even under aerobic conditions to meet the energy demand. However, recent studies have been focusing on the reprogramming of fatty acid metabolism in cancer cells, and one of the mostContinue reading “Altered Metabolism in Cancer via PI3K/Akt pathway”

Mushrooms and health: Trametes versicolor and its cancer-fighting potential

By Shi Yeung Trametes versicolor (Coriolus versicolor), also known as turkey tail mushrooms, or Yun Zhi, has a long history of medical use in Asia. It is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat respiratory diseases. Turkey tail mushroom is a fungus with rings of black, tan, and white on its cap. It growsContinue reading “Mushrooms and health: Trametes versicolor and its cancer-fighting potential”

How do we tackle vaccine hesitancy and effectively communicate vaccine safety to the general public in the COVID-19 era?

By Caitlin Davies On 9th November 2020, Pfizer announced that according to early data produced by their Phase 3 clinical trials, their Covid-19 candidate vaccine is around 90% effective at preventing infection (BBC news, 2020). While this announcement was a much needed light at the end of the tunnel moment for many, it also notablyContinue reading “How do we tackle vaccine hesitancy and effectively communicate vaccine safety to the general public in the COVID-19 era?”

Vaccines and Autism: Debunking the Myth

By Daniella Gimbosh “Myths and controversies have defined, and always will define, human views about the cause-effect relationship of diseases” (Davidson, 2017).  As a second wave of SARS-CoV-2 is being observed around the globe, now, more than ever, an effective vaccine remains the greatest hope to every nation. With the ground-breaking news of an mRNA-basedContinue reading “Vaccines and Autism: Debunking the Myth”

Mad Honey Poisoning

By Isabelle Hall Mad honey is a grayanotoxin-containing product made by bees using nectar and pollen obtained from plants in the family Ericaceae, including Rhododendron luteum and Rhododendron ponticum. It is reddish in colour, with a bitter taste. Generally, cases of poisoning caused by consumption of this honey arise near the Black Sea, particularly inContinue reading “Mad Honey Poisoning”

Artificial Intelligence in Drug Discovery and Development

By Clarice Tse The wide application of artificial intelligence in various industries and economic sectors has been under the limelight in recent years.  The integration of AI, such as machine learning and deep learning, in traditional industrial sectors have enhanced the efficiency and productivity of these industries.  The pharmaceutical industry is no exception to theContinue reading “Artificial Intelligence in Drug Discovery and Development”

A Review of Traditional Chinese Medicine Through The Lens of COVID-19

By Ng Chi Wai, Jessie Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) surfaced around 4000 years ago during the Xia and Shang dynasties (2070-1046 BC), and underwent further development in the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1912 AD). In Chinese history, TCM has fought against a lot of epidemics and pandemics, and through the accumulation of generational experiences, hasContinue reading “A Review of Traditional Chinese Medicine Through The Lens of COVID-19”

Are Intranasal Vaccines A Better Approach To Combat SARS-CoV-2?

By Ashley Lai  The UK government has announced a month-long lockdown regarding the worsening situation of SARS-CoV-2 starting on the 5th of November.  The novel coronavirus has now infected over 46 million and caused the death of over 1 million people worldwide (Centre for Systems Science and Engineering, 2020). To combat the disease and avoidContinue reading “Are Intranasal Vaccines A Better Approach To Combat SARS-CoV-2?”

Necroptosis: A new form of cell death and its importance in targeting cancer therapy resistance

By Hung-His (Chelsea) Chen One of the biggest challenges faced by cancer patients is resistance to therapy. Therefore, cancer research aims to develop novel therapeutic interventions that bypass apoptosis. Necroptosis, an alternative programmed cell death pathway, has become a popular area of research as a potential cancer therapy to combat apoptosis resistant cancer cells.  ApoptosisContinue reading “Necroptosis: A new form of cell death and its importance in targeting cancer therapy resistance”