We're all aware of our metabolism and whilst we may not have control over it, our metabolism may play a role in the effectiveness of, and side-effects from, certain medications. It isn't one size fits all. Do we need to rethink how we deliver drugs?
Adhya is the second winner of our science writing competition, and entered the 13-15 year old category. Adhya is 15 years old and from the USA, our first winner outside of the UK! Adhya’s piece is all about how some cancer treatments prevent cell growth. It was an insightful read, and incredibly impressive for someone so young. Congratulations Adhya.
Could honeybee venom be used to kill aggressive cancel cells? This is the news out this month (Sept' 2020) from research into bee venom. We all know how wonderful and important the honeybee is to our lives, but could its venom now be a key to cancer prognosis?
I recently heard this line in an episode of popular American sitcom Modern Family, "sitting is the new smoking". It was an off hand comment but during the pandemic, lockdown and general office-style working, sitting has risen exponentially. What evidence is there that sitting is bad for our health?
It's fair to say I love dogs and I share this opinion with a large percentage of the planet, but as well as their adorableness do you know what makes dogs really impressive? Their incredible sense of smell. Find out how researchers are utilising this in our fight against diseases, even coronavirus.
In school we're taught about many scientific advances, from DNA identification with Watson and Crick, radiation research with Marie Curie, and natural selection with Charles Darwin. I can guarantee however, that you have not learnt about Henrietta Lacks and even scientists, unless they work in biology or medical research, may not have heard the importance of HeLa cells. Amongst the BLM movement, it is time learn.
Today, most cancer drugs have been designed to target a specific cancer type or generally cells which are replicating too fast, leading to many unwanted side effects. However, cancer therapies could be changing.
Unless you're in the middle of nowhere, you've probably walked along and had a sickly sweet vapour blown in your direction. E-cigarettes are on the rise and hoped to help people give up smoking, but are they actually any better for you?
Another May bank holiday is upon us in the UK and we're basking in the sunshine (hopefully) once more. As someone who was so badly burnt (walking in the UK countryside, whilst using sunscreen) that the marks have taken 2 years to fade, I can testify that we need to be careful with our skin. How does sunscreen work and what research is underway?