In 2016 the UK reached a milestone of 50,000 people being alive due to the donation and successful transplantation of an organ. 4,753 organ transplantation procedures were undertaken in the UK in 2016 alone. However, there were still ~10,000 people on the transplant waiting lists in March last year, and ~1,200 people died as a result of long waiting lists last year. With transplant waiting lists so long and willing donor numbers low, how can research help alleviate the problem?
1 in 7 couples cannot conceive, and in the UK alone 3.5 million people are affected by infertility. For at least 25% of these couples, a cause of this infertility cannot be identified. There are now a few options to try and overcome this, but is the newest development the biggest success of all?
According to WHO (the World Health Organisation), the global increase in antibiotic resistance is one of the largest threats to health today. To deter you from the unnecessary use of antibiotics, here I will explain how bacteria gain resistance to help you better understand why it is so important to only take antibiotics when absolutely necessary, and ensure you take them correctly.
Drug discovery has changed immeasurably over the past 50 years. Here I’ll explain the current methodology I use for drug design: computational chemistry. Hold on in there, I promise it’s way more interesting than it sounds!
A non-invasive treatment with fewer side effects to combat cancer? Impossible you say. Well, you may be wrong, and it may be coming sooner than you'd expect.