Category Archive: Disease

Bacteria Wars: the scientist strikes back

by

By Kruti Shrotri Bacterial infections are becoming a serious threat to society as the bacteria that cause them become increasingly resistant to our current antibiotics. Earlier this year, Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame… Continue reading

Parasitic worms and the 50 pence pill

by

By Barney Wharam In the developed world the idea of worm eggs in your poo seems pretty alien thanks to our flushing toilets, good sanitation and clean water supplies. Unfortunately this is not… Continue reading

A brantastic way to tackle obesity

by

By Lauren Hoskin It comes as no surprise that bulky fibre in the diet makes us feel full. Yet scientists have recently discovered a chemical, released by fibre-guzzling bacteria in the gut, that… Continue reading

High pressure low stresser

by

By Lauren Hoskin Contrary to popular belief, recent research indicates that high blood pressure is in fact associated with a lower tendency to worry. It is thought that hypertension has a tranquilizing effect… Continue reading

Aiming for lucky number seven

by

By Anna Tiley Last week a report was published by the department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London, which advocated eating seven fruits and vegetables per day as opposed to… Continue reading

The Acidic Elixir of Life

by

By Anna Tiley A few weeks ago, two papers were published in the journal Nature by a young female researcher in Japan, and they have been causing quite a stir. The researcher, Dr… Continue reading

The post-Christmas booze

by

By Lauren Hoskin For many, January is a time of cut-backs after the lavish Christmas season. Avoiding alcohol is often at the top of people‚Äôs lists. So how much difference to our health… Continue reading

Teenage Mutant Killer Insects

by

By Lauren Hoskin Each year there are an estimated 50-100 million cases of Dengue fever reported worldwide. This potentially life-threatening disease is principally transmitted through the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Up to now, techniques… Continue reading

The good, the bad and the sugary

by

By Anna Tiley This year my flatmates decided to go on a 40 day sugar ban. Being a self-confessed sugar addict I thought they were crazy and decided to opt-out (how could I… Continue reading

Biting back malaria

by

By Lauren Hoskin Results released on the 8th of October revealed that scientists are making promising progress in the development of an effective malaria vaccine, RTS,S. The vaccine could potentially save millions of… Continue reading