Debunking clean beauty and its fear of parabens

By Rachel Chan The clean beauty movement has gained a tremendous amount of traction in recent years. Labelling products as “clean” has become a common marketing tool. Several big names in skincare have played along- there’s even a “Clean at Sephora” label to differentiate these products. The idea behind clean beauty is to formulate productsContinue reading “Debunking clean beauty and its fear of parabens”

How cancer organoid technology could revolutionize cancer treatment

Yujean Kim It is undeniable that cancer has been one of the most formidable disease throughout these past centuries. Up to this day, it is unfortunately common to see our close friends or family develop cancer as they come to age. Despite of how prevalent this disease has become, we still lack the knowledge andContinue reading “How cancer organoid technology could revolutionize cancer treatment”

Treating the “Silent Epidemic” – HIV/AIDS epidemic

By Marina Artemiou Human Immunodeficiency Virus, commonly known as HIV, is a pathogen which destroys the immune system by attacking CD4 white blood cells and interfering with the body’s ability to fight off infection. Transmission of the virus occurs through contact between broken skin, wounds and other bodily fluids of an HIV-positive person and anContinue reading “Treating the “Silent Epidemic” – HIV/AIDS epidemic”

Risk Factors and Interference of Alzheimer’s Disease in Adults

By Joon Lim The average life expectancy around the world is continuously rising (Aburto et al., 2020), and neurodegenerative diseases are increasing as a threat to the health of the elderly. According to Alzheimer’s News Today (Naqvi, 2020), there are approximately 44 million people suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia related disorders worldwide. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)Continue reading “Risk Factors and Interference of Alzheimer’s Disease in Adults”

COVID-19 therapies: where do we stand?

By Sarah Thomas The development of a vaccine against COVID-19 is being pursued at an unprecedented pace. Nevertheless, the release date for a vaccine is a topic of ongoing speculation. Thus, it remains a priority to determine appropriate therapies for the treatment of COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, many drugs have been repurposed to determine theirContinue reading “COVID-19 therapies: where do we stand?”

Future of Medicine: Pills or Cells?

By Andrea Flores The history of medicine has found fascinating discoveries made by prominent figures such as Edward Jenner and Alexander Fleming (Hajar, 2015). It may be argued that the approach scientists have had over the centuries towards the treatment of illnesses and disease over centuries has been relatively consistent over the centuries: artificial orContinue reading “Future of Medicine: Pills or Cells?”

Aducanumab: a controversial Alzheimer’s drug under FDA review

By Qinyi Wang + Kah Yan Biogen has recently announced that their approval application for aducanumab, an immunotherapeutic drug aimed at halting the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), has been controversially accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with priority review. This review will shed light on the potential of aducanumab in AD therapy and examine the clinical trial data that has broughtContinue reading “Aducanumab: a controversial Alzheimer’s drug under FDA review”

Tackling antibiotic resistance using phage therapy

By Shivani Raja Antibiotics are the current primary treatment for bacterial infection. Increased antibiotic exposure has encouraged the growth of resistant bacterial strains, and hence created a demand for new antibiotic drugs to tackle these strains. Phage therapy, a treatment utilising the antibacterial properties of microscopic viruses called bacteriophages, may be a potential antibiotic alternative. Continue reading “Tackling antibiotic resistance using phage therapy”

A realistic deadline for a COVID-19 vaccination

By Harit Phowatthanasathian It’s undeniable that the novel COVID-19 pandemic has flipped the world on its head. Nearly 9 months after its initial confirmation, this outbreak has been compared to the horrific period of the 1918 Spanish Flu, ranking it amongst the worst outbreaks in human history. With the world economy experiencing a collapse comparableContinue reading “A realistic deadline for a COVID-19 vaccination”

The Threat of Antibiotic Resistance

 By Tanjim Sayeeda Since Fleming’s discovery of penicillin in 1928, antibiotics have saved millions from infectious diseases (Rosenblatt-Farrell, 2009). However, as antibiotic use became rampant, bacteria developed defences against the drugs, rendering antibiotics useless and giving rise to antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB), notoriously named “superbugs” (McCarthy, 2019). As ARB is responsible for 23,000 deaths inContinue reading “The Threat of Antibiotic Resistance”