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”

Personalised Medicine: What is it and why is it important for our future health care system?

By Caitlin Davies Personalised medicine, or precision medicine, refers to the idea of tailoring treatment options for patients based on a wide range of clinical diagnostic data, instead of a ‘one size fits all approach’ to ensure the best efficacy and highest safety margin in each individual patient (Vondenberg et al, 2010). This is notContinue reading “Personalised Medicine: What is it and why is it important for our future health care system?”

What are hydroxy acids and why are they used in skincare?

By Anna Huang The recent years have seen a surge in the popularity of skincare products, with consumers growing more interested in the type of ingredients used in skincare products and their effects. Fuelled by growing communities on social media, providing discussion platforms for skincare trends and routines, the formulations of skincare products have comeContinue reading “What are hydroxy acids and why are they used in skincare?”

The potential medicinal use of psilocybin in the treatment of major depressive disorder

By Morgan Phelps This review article will aim to focus on the potential for the medicinal and therapeutic use of psilocybin to treat major depressive disorder (MDD). The ‘feel good hormone’ serotonin (5-HT) is a neurotransmitter and is believed to play a large role in MDD (Berger et al, 2018). On a basic level, itContinue reading “The potential medicinal use of psilocybin in the treatment of major depressive disorder”

Cancer and Gene Therapy

By Wei Yi Ooi DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid is known as the universal basic unit of life. It is a double stranded, complementary polynucleotide molecule intertwined together in an antiparallel manner, forming a double helix. The nucleotide sequences in DNA provide the genetic information needed for biological functions of growth, development and reproduction of almostContinue reading “Cancer and Gene Therapy”