On 7th June 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new treatment for Alzheimer’s patients in the US. This is the first treatment to be approved in almost two decades, and the first to target the cause of Alzheimer’s disease rather than just the related symptoms. However, gaps in clinical trial data have left developers, Biogen, requiring further trials. What is new about this treatment and what do the data show so far?
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?
After a turbulent year of science, we want to hear from you! Specifically our younger cohort. If you are between 10-18 years old, this one's for you. Here at A Short Scientist, we want to inspire younger generations to find a love for science. Therefore, over the month of February we're running our third annual science writing competition!!
To many, time is a way of telling us when to do things or expect things to be done: when to meet, when to eat, when to sleep, but what is the scientific definition of time? One source defines it as the "indefinite and continuous duration...in which events succeed one another", meaning the past is the past and the future will always come after, a linear perception. However, what if time isn't linear and our perception is wrong? Strap in.
After another year of inundating you with the latest science, we want to hear from you! Specifically, our younger cohort. If you are between 10-18 years old, this one's for you. Here at A Short Scientist, we want to inspire younger generations to find a love for science therefore, over the month of February we're running a science writing competition!
Unless you've been living under a rock, you cannot have missed the headlines about the Coronavirus. Examples from The Independent and The Sun read respectively: "Death toll reaches 106 as Boris Johnson says UK ‘urgently exploring’ options to evacuate Britons from Wuhan" and "Fears over rise in coronavirus cases in patients who’ve NEVER been to China". The media have gone a bit wild, possibly taking focus away from other imminent events...but what's the science, should we be worried, and is this a pandemic?
I've loved creating every single one of the articles for AShortScientist, it is a creative break for me, exploring two of my passions: Science and Doodling. To celebrate two years of the AShortScientist blog, we look back at the top ten articles from the last two years, simply follow the article links! Thank you to every person that has taken time to read, comment on and share my work, it really does mean the world. This little blog has achieved much more than I ever expected.
Every year, approximately 15 million babies are born prematurely and half do not survive. Research is investigating whether we could continue fetal growth in an artificial womb, to enhance an extremely premature baby's chances of survival. Is this the next medical marvel, or the stuff of horror films?
This year is the 150th anniversary of the Mendeleev periodic table which is used across the sciences today. It is also the Royal Society of Chemistry's (RSC) Chemistry week (it's ok, you weren't likely to remember), so as well as highlighting the magnificent periodic table, I thought I'd give you an insight into my favourite element: Carbon.